Team Leader, Research:
Charles River Laboratories, Inc.

Charles River Laboratories, Inc.
Horsham Pennsylvania

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 we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

Serve as lead/primary technician and perform technical duties as well as data quality control. Perform clinical observations, sample collection and monitor food consumption of animals on assigned studies. Provide leadership, technical guidance, and serve as a mentor to less experienced staff.  Perform daily sweeps of the laboratory to observe and oversee critical study activities and manage last minute study changes. 

•    Serve as lead/primary technician and perform technical duties, administer test substances, and generate data on any type of study (i.e., basic/complex/specialized).
•    Perform clinical observations, sample collection and monitor food consumption of animals on assigned studies. 
•    Handle, restrain and provide care for all species of laboratory animals at the site.
•    Review study protocols and provide recommendations to study director/supervisor on technical and logistical aspects of protocol design.
•    Assist in preparing responses to both internal and external quality assurance audits.
•    Assist in study start up procedures requiring cross departmental interaction with all key study personnel. 
•    Assist the department manager/supervisor and study technicians in the execution of all study-related activities required across all studies including the scheduling of daily work and technical staff.
•    Assist in troubleshooting data collection, technical procedures and protocol designs.
•    Monitor and track common deviations and problem documentation and investigate to determine root causes.
•    Perform general QC practices and suggest solutions.
•    Assist in resolving audit findings.
•    Promote inter- and intra-departmental communication in order to facilitate and maximize performance associated with research projects.
•    Collect and record research data and biological specimens in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (GLP), study protocols and SOP’s.
•    Provide leadership, technical guidance and serve as a mentor to less experienced staff, including Supervisors. 
•    Assist with weekend coverage including QC data, daily walk-throughs and technical guidance.
•    Work with scientific staff to develop new techniques and/or models.
•    Contribute to department operations improvement in areas such as SOP revisions, department inspections and equipment maintenance.  
•    Ensure raw data records are accurate, complete, and in appropriate order, and meet protocol specifications and/or GLP requirements. Review documentation of functions performed as part of quality control requirements. Review data as generated/collected by less experienced technical staff.


Job Qualifications

•    Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in scientific related discipline.
•    Experience:  3-5 years related experience in animal science, biology, chemistry/pharmacy, or similar lab environment or must have fully satisfied technical and experience requirements for the previous level. GLP experience preferred.
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 
•    Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the LAT level strongly preferred
•    Other: Demonstrated interpersonal skills, effective communication skills, and leadership/supervisory skills. Ability to handle a variety of laboratory animals. Proficient in technical skills and the operation of data collection equipment. Knowledge of GLP’s and other federal regulations and guidelines relating to the care of laboratory animals required. Understanding of routine and complex study design and protocols. Knowledge of math to calculate and prepare dosing preparations/Formulations.  Ability to organize and prioritize work to meet deadlines. Computer literacy including word processing, spreadsheet and database programs. 

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 300 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 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 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 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.


Equal Employment Opportunity

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


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to [email protected] This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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