Senior Research Assistant

Req ID #:  83895

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

Serve as lead/primary technician for both complex and highly complex studies in Laboratory Sciences disciplines. Perform special, non-routine projects in the laboratory, as assigned. 


We are seeking a Senior Research Assistant for our Safety Assessment Group site located Ashland, Ohio.


The following are responsibilities related to the Senior Research Assistant f:

•    Perform analysis of complex and highly complex laboratory assays based on protocols and in compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) regulations.
•    Perform laboratory procedures and collect and record/document research data in compliance with GLPs, SOPs, study protocols, study- and laboratory-specific methods or procedures, and company policies/practices. Review the activities and documentation contributing to the study, and assure full adherence to the study requirements.
•    Perform study preparation activities including but not limited to 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).  Generate simple to highly complex tables for data input and report generation.  Print and edit computer entries (e.g., laboratory data) as needed.  
•    With guidance from scientific staff: review, interpret and integrate data on assigned studies; assist in generating study protocols and assist in sponsor correspondence and interactions; participates in method development, refinement, and validation.
•    Record project data in accordance with GLP regulations to include creation of Laboratory Methods, data package assembly and assisting in the quality control of project work.
•    Assist in the execution of all study related activities required across all studies including the scheduling of daily work and technical staff.  
•    Review study protocols and provide recommendations on technical and logistical aspects of protocol design.
•    Participate in preparing responses to both internal and external quality assurance audits.
•    Set up laboratory instrumentation utilizing departmental and instrumental software with minimal supervision.
•    Troubleshoot laboratory instrumentation and perform basic maintenance.
•    Manage and coordinate project timelines, resource coordination, and prioritization of assigned studies in conjunction with laboratory management.
•    May provide technical direction and mentoring to less experienced staff in specific study-related laboratory processes and procedures.
•    Adhere to current health and safety regulations.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.


The following are minimum qualifications related to the Senior Research Assistant f position:

•    Education:  Bachelor’s Degree (B.S./B.A) or equivalent in biology, chemistry/pharmacy, or similar lab environment or must have demonstrated full knowledge of competencies and positive performance at the previous level. 
•    Experience:  Five to eight years previous directly related GLP laboratory experience in a pharmaceutical or contract laboratory environment.

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 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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