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Research Assistant II (Analytical Chemistry)

Req ID #:  39739

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.


We are seeking an experienced Research Assistant II (Analytical Chemist) for our Safety Assessment site located in Ashland, OH.

Serve as lead/primary technician for both basic and complex studies simultaneously. Function as a project scientist on specific 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.


  • When functioning as a project scientist, interact with the assigned technical staff to assure the successful execution of assigned studies.
  • Prepare study protocols, amendments, tabular data, and manage assigned study documentation.
  • Communicate directly with the sponsor representative concerning study-related issues, under the guidance of senior scientific staff and/or management.
  • Interpret study data and prepare draft reports for assigned projects. 
  • Prepare, conduct, and oversee technical activities for assigned studies, working with the scientific and technical Staff.
  • Manage project timelines, resource coordination, and prioritization of assigned studies in conjunction with supervisor and laboratory management, with minimal supervision.
  • When functioning in a technical role, perform 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.
  • Perform laboratory procedures and collect and record/document research data in compliance with Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), study protocols, study- and laboratory-specific methods or procedures, and company policies/practices.
  • Program simple to complex tables for data input and report generation.  Print and edit computer entries (e.g., laboratory data) as needed.
  • Take a lead role in reviewing and updating processes and SOPs as assigned.
  • Document deviations and incidents. File and address deviations through memoranda to the study files.
  • Assist in the development and review of basic to 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).
  • Works with scientific staff to develop new techniques and/or procedures to expand capabilities in the department.
  • 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.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  None.
  • Other:  Proficient in technical skills and the operation of data collection equipment. Knowledge of GLP’s and other federal regulations and guidelines. Understanding of routine and complex study design and protocols; able to review basic, complex, and specialized study type protocols and extract pertinent study information.  Must be able to perform effectively as a team member, accurately record data, follow verbal and written instructions, communicate effectively, and interact in a professional manner with management, coworkers, and sponsors. Able to quickly learn and utilize computer programs as needed; previous computer 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 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.


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

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