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Research Support Specialist I

Req ID #:  42070

Bethesda, MD, US

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 a Research Support Specialist I for our Insourcing Solutions site located Bethesda, MD.

The following are responsibilities related to the Research Support Specialist I position:

Reviews, comprehends and complies with all SOP's and quality assurance standards pertaining to specific area. Cares for and maintains laboratory animals in accordance with the Animal welfare Act and the “Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals”, as well as NIH policies and guidelines and other pertinent regulations and policies. Performs technical support to assist in ASP related activities involving rodents and old world NHPs, to include but not limited to: animal handling and restraint, blood draw, inoculation, injection, routine PE and TB placement, induction, catheter placement, monitor and recovery of anesthetized animals, animal identification and husbandry procedures. Ensure all controlled drugs used are properly documented and inventoried.

Maintains accurate records of animal health and project for experimental data and related information as required by Institute and facility. Practice universal precautions appropriate to different levels of ABSL. Work safely with animal / human pathogen biohazards and help to maintain the research animal facility as a safe work environment / operation. Operates equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines; performs general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures. Complies with safety policies and procedures and MSDS guidelines, including those related to biohazards and radioactive substances. Assists with receipt, stocking and maintenance of supply inventories. Maintains required attendance levels and adherence to work schedules in accordance with required staffing levels to ensure that assigned duties are completed. Ability to take on new tasks and perform daily routines with minimal supervision.


The following are minimum qualifications related to the Research Support Specialist I position:

  • Education:  High school diploma or general education degree (GED). BS highly preferred.
  • Experience:  Minimum of one-year experience working in a lab animal environment to include technical procedures with rodents.  NHP technical experience highly 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:  AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) required.  LAT preferred.


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 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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