Formulations Research Assistant 3

Req ID #:  65985

Ashland, OH, US, 44805

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

We are seeking an Formulations Research Assistant 3 for our Safety Assessment Group site located in Ashland, Ohio.


Serve as study lead/main study contact for both basic and intermediate studies simultaneously as well as infrequent complex studies in the Formulations department. Perform specific, non-routine projects as deemed appropriate by management.  Responsible for developing and performing laboratory procedures. Develop new techniques, procedures, or scientific innovations that expand the capabilities of the department.  Provide leadership and technical guidance in the laboratory



  • Interact with the assigned technical staff to assure the successful execution of assigned studies.
  • Generate formulation instructions ranging from basic to some complex for all assigned studies.
  • Perform laboratory, procedures and collect and record/document research data in compliance with GLP’s, SOPs, study protocols, study and lab specific procedures and company policies/practices.  Review the activities and documentation contributing to the study and assure full adherence to the study requirements.
  • Communicate directly with the study director and sponsor representative, if required concerning study-related issues, under the guidance of senior scientific staff and/or management.
  • Prepare, conduct, and oversee technical activities for assigned studies, working with the scientific and technical Staff.
  • Manage project timelinesand prioritization of assigned studies in conjunction with supervisor and laboratory management, with minimal supervision.
  • Ensure that weekend project assignments have been made, that the technicians assigned understand what needs to be completed and that all assignments are covered.
  • Oversee timely study preparation activities including the preparation and maintenance of study notebooks, generating data collection documentation, identifying supply needs, performing laboratory setup, and developing and implementing Study Specific Procedures (as appropriate).  Review the activities and documentation of technicians contributing to the study, and assure full adherence to the study requirements. 
  • Assist in ensuring study protocols are correct.
  • [LS1] Print and edit computer entries (e.g., laboratory data) as needed.
  • Troubleshoot formulation issues.
  • Document deviations and incidents.
  • Assist in the review of basic to infrequent complex study type protocols.
  • Review documentation of functions performed as part of quality control requirements.
  • Periodically peer review data, documentation, and tabulated summaries as generated/collected by less experienced technical staff.
  • Maintain clean work areas (e.g.: laboratory area, animal exam areas).
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.



  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in life sciences or related discipline.
  • Experience:  Four to six years related experience in biology, chemistry/pharmacy, or similar lab environment or must have demonstrated full knowledge of competencies and positive performance at the previous level. GLP experience preferred.

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 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