Technical Analyst

Req ID:  97490

Ballina, IE, F26D786

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 Technical Analyst (Cell Biology) to work in our Biosafety (In-Vitro Adventitious Agent) Laboratory located in Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland to complete the establishment of a new suite of laboratories within strict timelines and to manage the laboratory once established.


We are expanding our Biosafety (In-Vitro Adventitious Agent) line of business at the Ballina site and are now expanding our Virology and Mycoplasma laboratories to cater for our client’s growing needs for testing. These assays will include cell culture, viral and mycoplasma methods.


We are looking to recruit a Technical Analyst, who along with a Laboratory Supervisor and Senior analysts will be responsible for expanding the laboratory to GMP standards. The team will be responsible for the development and validation of new viral and mycoplasma methods for clients, execution of routine validated Biosafety Assays and for the day to day running of the laboratory. All new roles will be involved in both the culture of cells and in performing the end-point analysis e.g. CPE, plaque assay, DNA staining, etc.


This role shall report to the Biosafety & Cell Based Assay Manager and the main duties & responsibilities shall be to assist the Department Manager and/or the Scientist in the following:


Core duties shall include:


  • Maintenance and propagation of antibiotic free cell cultures.
  • Microscopic evaluation of mammalian cells
  • Carrying out virus and mycoplasma based test method procedures.
  • Routine laboratory/equipment maintenance.
  • Update current standard operating procedures.
  • Assist in laboratory investigations where necessary.
  • Receipt and processing of test samples in LIMS.
  • Assist Scientist and/or Department Manager in:
    • Qualifying all cell banks/viral seeds including performance of viral titrations.
    • Drawing up test method SOPs for AVA and Mycoplasma laboratories
    • Qualification of AVA and Mycoplasma test methods in strict accordance with SOP(s) ensuring full GMP regulatory compliance as appropriate.
  • Responsible for reporting progress information to Management.
  • Complete understanding off all regulatory guidelines.
  • Generate risk assessments for laboratory and test items as required.
    The following are minimum requirements related to the Technical Analyst position.
  • B.Sc. and/or M.Sc. in a relevant science discipline (e.g. Cell Culture or Virology)
  • With a B.Sc. a minimum of 2 years relevant experience in Scientific Research required.  
  • Experience in cell culture techniques essential (antibiotic free highly desirable).
  • Experience in in-vitro bioassays highly desirable.
  • Experience in virology and biosafety testing requirements highly desirable.




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 characterzation, 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.


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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