Lead Technician

Req ID #:  208196

Boston, MA, US, 02115

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 looking for an Lead Technician to join our Insourcing Solutions team, located in Boston, MA.


How will you have an impact?
This is the moment to use your talents and imagine those talents contributing to improving global health and peoples’ lives. In the Lead Technician/ACTIII role, you can do that by  collaborating with the veterinary staff to ensure that the health and welfare of the laboratory animals are maintained in compliance with guidelines and regulations, in addition, ensuring the integrity of the research. 

What you will do!
In the Lead Tech role, you will provide guidance to technicians in the day-to-day operations of the animal facilities and program.  You will be responsible for assisting in the training of animal care staff in the following; cage changing, microisolator cage changing techniques, autoclave/cagewash operations, and other husbandry duties. In addition, provide support in animal rooms changing cages and work in cage wash operations; ensure all rooms are observed on a daily basis to monitor the health of the animals and report negative findings to the veterinary staff. 

You will be responsible for ensuring proper maintenance of animal records to include room logs, health reports, cage card labels, autoclave/cagewash records, animal census and other necessary records. As the the Lead Tech you will conduct routine inspections of the animal holding areas and support facilities to ensure they are meeting/exceeding in regards to animal health, facilities conditions, environmental parameters and security. The goal is to provide quality performance of departmental and client objectives in all areas and interact with the customer to solve requests, inquiries and provide technical assistance. 

In the Lead Tech role, you will provide back up and assistance to the Animal Facility Supervisor. You will assist/provide input to the supervisor/manager regarding personnel management activities such as: scheduling, personal actions (hiring, promotions, transfers), training and development, disciplinary actions, and providing feedback and direction on performance to assist in preparing and delivering annual performance and salary reviews. In addition serve as a role model and ensure accurate, high-quality work and adherence to dept. policies, practices, and procedures. 

Why work at Charles River? 
We offer an excellent onboarding program for our new employees; internal career development, competitive benefits.

Who are we looking for? 
A candidate who possesses High school diploma, General Education Degree (G.E.D.) or equivalent required.  With two to four years husbandry experience in a laboratory animal facility.  AALAS certification at the Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician level (ALAT) or higher or ability to successfully achieve ALAT certification within one (1) year of hire/promotion required. 


If you are interested in contributing to the well-being of our communities, not only across the country but around the world, please join us and BE THE DIFFERENCE!

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 14,000 employees within 80 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 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.


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 2018.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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