Bacteriology Technician - Floater

Req ID #:  222520

Bethesda, MD, US, 20892

For 75 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 experienced Bacteriology Technician Floater to join our Insourcing Solutions team, located in Bethesda, MD. 


As the Bacteriology Technician Floater, you will perform routine accessioning on all incoming samples for bacteriology procedures, set up and process environmental swabs to identify bacteria, perform quality control of research studies, support the daily operations of the bacteriology lab, and assist in Animal Health Surveillance as needed. 


Additional responsibilities include: 

  • Access, set up, and run all incoming samples. Update the WebHealth database and keep written logs of all accessioned samples. Access and plate environmental submissions. Plate incubated broths onto appropriate media. 
  • Perform routine gross necropsy, parasitology, and examinations of animals. Collect and prepare tissue for further evolution in the PCR, bacteriology, and parasitology labs. Prepare blood samples for shipment to be tested.  
  • Gather and prepare laboratory materials (plates, slides, blood tubes, etc.). Examine various parasitology samples. 
  • Keep daily, weekly, and monthly records of instrument maintenance and performance. Repair certain mechanical malfunctions when possible. 
  • Create a variety of worksheets and spreadsheets to make the lab more organized. Organize, unpack, and rotate stock while checking expiration dates.  
  • Assist with the receipt, stocking and ordering of supply inventories; ensure appropriate levels of supplies are maintained. 
  • Assist with slide preparation and staining. 

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum requirements related to the Bacteriology Technician Floater position: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or related discipline 

  • experience in a laboratory environment preferred, either through employment or school 

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 

The pay range for this position is $24 - $26 per hour.  Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location. 

About Insourcing Solutions
Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.

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 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 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.


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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, veteran or disability status.


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 [email protected]. 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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