Technical Trainer

Req ID #:  104931

Bethesda, MD, US, 20892-0602

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.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   

Job Summary

We are seeking a Technical Trainer for our Insourcing Solutions site in Bethesda, MD. 


The responsibilties related to the Technical Trainer are:


•    Direct, schedule, perform and document all relevant Task-specific technical, husbandry and administrative training for all LARC1 contract positions.
•    Perform continuing education and training to maintain and enhance employee skills and capabilities.  
•    Work with management to develop, write and implement new and modified standard operating procedures for the care and enrichment of laboratory animals and the operation of aquatic facilities. 
•    Develop/maintain/update Task-specific position training matrices and syllabus. Formulate teaching outline and determine instructional methods such as individual training, group instruction, demonstrations, meetings and workshops. 
•    Modify existing and create new forms and logs (hardcopy and digital DoForms) to meet the needs of the facility and capture data required. 
•    Select or develop teaching aids such as training handbooks, demonstration models, multimedia visual aids, computer tutorials, and reference works. 
•    Work with selected management representatives to develop adjunct training team members to be qualified trainers in specific job functions and or topics.
•    Conduct training sessions covering specified areas such as on-the-job training, refresher training, in laboratory animal techniques. 
•    Test trainees to measure progress and to evaluate effectiveness of technical training. 
•    Report on progress of employees under guidance during training periods. 
•    Provide didactic and hands-on technical training on SOPs Monitor technical methods used by employees and make on the spot corrections. 
•    Assist employees with problems concerning "how to" perform specific tasks related to their positions. 
•    Make suggestions on improving technical procedures in the animal facilities. 
•    Update and maintain the NICHD Aquatic Disaster Planning Handbook in compliance with the NIH and NICHD templates. 
•    Maintain accurate and complete database for training records. 
•    Perform quality assurance responsibilities for the contract site, including: 
•    Inspecting procedures, reports, facilities, equipment and data for on-going administrative, husbandry and technical-related functions.
•    Scheduling and conducting personnel performance audits to determine compliance with LARC1 SOPs. 
•    Actively interact with customers as required to solve customer requests, inquiries, and complaints and to provide technical assistance. 
•    Work with Charles River Corporate Training Staff in the development of Charles River Annual Animal Welfare Trainings, Monthly Animal Welfare Posters, etc with an aquatic animal focus. 
•    Operates equipment and uses supplies according to safety guidelines; performs general housekeeping and adheres to safety procedures. 
•    Prepares and submits written reports, charts, logs and inventories as requested by Supervisor. 

Job Qualifications


The qualifications for the Technical Trainer are:


  • Education:   Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences required.
  • Experience:  Minimum of three (3) years related animal care and handling experience.  One (1) year technical experience performing the duties and responsibilities detailed above preferred.  Previous training and successful "hands -on" performance of animal care technical procedures including, but not limited to:
  • Zebrafish: Handling and restraint, sexing, health checks, feeding, tanks changes, fry care, siphoning, and preventative maintenance. 
  • Xenopus:  Handling and restraint, sexing, health checks, feeding, tadpole care, and preventative maintenance.

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 Laboratory Animal Technologist level (LATG) required. 



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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 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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