Scientist 2, Biosciences

Req ID #:  207111

Charleston, SC, US, 29407

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.


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Job Summary

We are seeking a Scientist 2, Biosciences R&D for our Microbial Solutions site located in Charleston, SC.


The Scientist 2 role is responsible for partnering with cross-functional teams to develop new products and services to expand the Microbial Solutions product portfolio. This role will be an integral part of the R&D team that specializes in product development across all Microbial Solutions focus areas, including Endotoxin Detection, Celsis Rapid Microbiology, and Accugenix Microbial Identification. Day-to-day functions of the Scientist 2 are assisting with designing and performing experiments, analyzing data, providing technical support for current products, and presenting results to stakeholders.


Primary Responsibilities 

  • Collaborate with R & D team members and external partners on technology evaluation and product development projects.
  • Design and perform experiments to evaluate, develop, and optimize assays and products; ensure attention to detail in record keeping and result verification.
  • Compile and communicate complex datasets to facilitate informed decision-making; summarize the results in technical reports and presentations.
  • Work closely with members of Operations, Commercial teams, and Technical Service through all phases of the product life cycle.
  • Maintain proficiency in general laboratory techniques related to microbiology and/or biochemistry and/or bioengineering, and other required departmental SOPs.
  • Participate in R & D efforts in responding to customer, QA, Operations, and field-support questions.
  • Comply with all aspects of laboratory safety, and Safety data sheets.
  • Ensure that regulatory and GMP compliance requirements are met and adhered to in the development process.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s (MS) plus 4 years or Ph.D. (0 to 2 years) degree in Microbiology, Biomedical/Chemical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or related field. Ph.D. degree preferred.
  • 5+ years laboratory experience in Microbiology and/or Molecular biology and/or Bioengineering field. Prior experience developing products and services a plus.
  • Experience with bioimaging, spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, and/or sequencing preferred.
  • Experience with Microbial Detection and Identification technologies highly desirable.
  • Interest and experience in a combination of Wet Lab and Data Analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience of working well in teams and with other departments.
  • Working knowledge of Quality Systems preferred.
  • Formal presentation skills and attention to detail needed.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

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About Microbial Solutions
Our Microbial Solutions business group has a comprehensive portfolio of endotoxin testing, microbial detection and microbial identification products and services is unlike any other, and has been purposefully designed to meet the complex and ever-changing needs of the industry. We help clients to ensure product safety and quality with easy-to-use yet robust testing solutions that satisfy regulatory requirements, support critical decision making and improve operational efficiencies.

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 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, national origin, veteran or disability status.


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