Scientific Director, Pharmacology:
Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
Shrewsbury Massachusetts

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work e perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.



We are seeking an experienced Scientific Director, Pharmacology for our Safety Assessment site located in Shrewsbury, MA.


Responsible for site scientific and quality leadership of metabolic Pharmacology at Charles River Massachusetts.  This scientific leader will also be an integral part of the premier CRO provider of pharmacology services globally. Individual must identify opportunities for constant improvement and expansion of science-related activities to address the evolving challenges associated with current and projected changes and growth.  Be a local scientific resource for assessing program-related proposals and their effective implementation to support expanding client needs and advancement of projects to follow on endeavors as appropriate (e.g., Toxicology).  Must be adept in a fast-paced, collaborative team oriented environment.


The following are minimum requirements related to the Scientific Director, Pharmacology position.

  • Education: Master’s degree (M.S./M.A.) or equivalent in a scientific related discipline.  Ph.D. in a metabolic scientific related discipline is preferred.  Post-doctoral experience in related discipline is plus.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience with documentation as a science subject matter expert in the discipline of pharmacology may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the requirements listed above.
  • Experience:  At least 10 years related experience in research or pharmaceutical environment. Management experience is preferred.  Prior experience in the pharmaceutical industry is highly desired.  Incumbent must have demonstrated managerial skills to supervise and develop staff.
  • Certification/Licensure:  None required.
  • Other:  Experience in use of desktop applications (word processing, spreadsheets, databases) and network navigation required.


About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 11,000 employees within 70 facilities in 18 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges.  Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2016, revenue increased by 23.3% to $1.68 billion from $1.36 billion in 2015.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~70% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2016.

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Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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