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Scientist I - Bioassay

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.


We are seeking an experienced Scientist I ‚€“ Bioassay Laboratory for our Biologics group located in Shrewsbury, MA.


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In this position,¬ the Scientist I will provide operational management, technical support and scientific expertise to the cell-based Bioassays laboratory.¬  Under minimal supervision, may be responsible for method development, client interaction, interpretation and reporting of data and regulatory compliance of assigned cGMP projects.¬  The Scientist I will also perform laboratory activities necessary for the Bioassays operations, including but not limited to, the reagent preparation and the routine testing of client samples:¬  They will ensure a quality product and excellent service to our clients, train technical personnel on general laboratory skills; reinforce regulatory concepts (cGMP) and cell-based Bioassay-specific laboratory techniques, perform technical troubleshooting, and review, interpret, integrate and present experimental data using assistance of senior technical staff as appropriate.¬  Other responsibilities include assisting in reviewing procedures and data, generate high-quality protocols and reports in conjunction with senior research personnel, and provide technical guidance to junior staff.¬  They must also ensure adherence to cGMP regulatory requirements and to departmental policies, practices and procedures (SOPs, safety procedures and biosafety protocols).¬  Also ensure that departmental equipment is maintained in good working condition and that departmental area are maintained in a clean and orderly condition, interact with the client regarding project design, scheduling and conduct as requested, and collaborate with appropriate departments to coordinate performance of projects, discuss issues and prepare reports.¬  They may also assist in interviewing and selecting qualified exempt and non-exempt level departmental personnel and attend scientific meetings, conferences and training courses to enhance job and professional skills.


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The following are minimum requirements related to the Scientist I ‚€“ Bioassay Laboratory position.



  • Bachelor's degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Biology/Biotechnology or related scientific discipline. M.S. or Ph.D. preferred.

  • Minimum three years' experience within a contract research, academic or pharmaceutical industry, including experience in the core competencies of cell culture and in-vitro bioassays.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience with contract research or the pharmaceutical industry may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

  • Ability to work on problems of moderate scope where analysis of situation or data requires a review of identifiable factors.¬ 

  • Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action.¬ 

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills with the ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work and meet deadlines within a cGMP environment¬ of data interpretation of basic bioassays using analytical laboratory tools and methodologies

  • Capable of anticipating and recognizing potential problems.¬ 

  • Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions and possess good interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to effectively communicate regarding study conduct with internal personnel and external scientific associates and client.

  • Regularly observes, inspects and interprets laboratory experiments, requiring close vision and the ability to adjust focus and detect and differentiate colors.

  • Must be able to wear a respirator in compliance with OSHA regulations.

  • General office and laboratory working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to wear personal protective equipment (safety glasses or goggles, face shield, gloves, respirator et al.), work near toxic or caustic chemicals, and work with biohazards.

  • The employee may occasionally be exposed to fumes or airborne particles, unpleasant odors, and extreme temperatures.


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About Biologics Testing Solutions


With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.¬  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.


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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.


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With over 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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.


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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 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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For more information, please visit www.criver.com.


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Equal Employment Opportunity


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


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