Scientific Advisor

Req ID #:  145054


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 an experienced nonclinical development professional to serve as a Scientific Advisor within or our Discovery and Safety Assessment business units.

The Scientific Advisory Services team is hiring an experienced professional with expertise in establishing effective research strategies to advance new medicines through the various stages of the drug development process. This position provides scientific guidance and focus within project teams and functional areas across the organization, with an emphasis on providing scientific and innovative advice on nonclinical (pharmacology and toxicology) drug development programs.

This individual will work closely with current and potential clients and internal Charles River functional groups to design robust and scientifically sound nonclinical drug development programs. The person may act as the scientific leader for cross-functional teams for integrated discovery and safety programs. When appropriate, the individual may perform gap analyses, support due diligence procedures, and perform scientific review of discovery and/or safety assessment data or reports. This role provides for recognition throughout the company as a subject matter expert in one or more therapeutic area(s) or for particular class(es) of therapeutic products. Successful individuals have knowledge of domestic and international regulatory expectations and requirements; and can provide intellectual input in determining the appropriate discovery and nonclinical development strategy for complex and novel products, including advanced medicinal products. As a team member, there are opportunities to support department leadership regarding strategy and recruitment. More broadly, one will work closely with Client Services, Account Management, Marketing, and Operations by ensuring that clients’ business and scientific needs are understood and efficiently addressed.

Scientific Advisory Services team members are located throughout the US and Europe and work virtually from their home offices and/or within Charles River discovery/safety assessment sites. This position offers a stimulating and dynamic work environment, flexibility in work schedule, and opportunities for professional development and leadership growth.

The following are minimum requirements related to the Scientific Advisor position.

Education: Master's degree or PhD in relevant discipline (toxicology, pharmacology, biology, immunology, etc.). DABT, DACVP or European Registered Toxicologist preferred.
Experience: Minimum 10 years’ experience in pharmaceutical/biotech sector, nonclinical contract research or consulting including at least 6 years nonclinical drug development experience. Must have experience in regulated toxicology. Prior experience in program management and/or Pharm/Tox Program Leadership is considered useful.
Certification/Licensure: Certification as appropriate for specialty preferred.
Other: Applied understanding of regulatory requirements for the conduct of nonclinical safety assessment studies including Testing Facility SOPs and the Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs). Deep understanding of relevant regulatory guidance documents is essential. Demonstrated leadership skills in support of intra- and interdepartmental
initiatives, Sponsor interactions, and business development. Proficiency in the use of standard software including Microsoft® Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. and standard laboratory calculations. Understanding of key regulatory guidance documents and the regulatory environment for GLP studies is an asset. Understanding of and experience in authoring or co-authoring patents is an asset.


About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 120 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.


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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