Scientific Director

Req ID #:  154112

Durham, NC, US, 27703

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 & Responsibilities

Responsible for managing and providing scientific direction to a small to medium staff of pathologists and scientists. Ensure customer satisfaction, scientific performance and regulatory compliance, and oversee the scientific conduct of studies in the anatomic pathology laboratory. 

•    Participate in business development activities to include establishing and maintaining good client relations, identification and development of new capabilities.
•    Provide scientific expertise and consultation for pathology related issues to internal and external clients and serve as the point of contact for scientific issues related to departmental performance.
•    Provide scientific oversight, ensure adherence to GLP regulations, and ensure quality of work by ensuring training, technical guidance, leadership, and review of data and reports are provided and by periodic review of the processes.
•    Participate in development of departmental budget.  Approve expenses of direct reports.
•    Directly manage a small to medium staff of pathologists and scientists.
•    Recruit, hire, and/or promote pathologists and scientists.  
•    Perform all functions required for management of direct reports and partner with Human Resources as needed for performance of these activities.
•    Direct activities of assigned staff to ensure effective and efficient performance.  Work to increase departmental efficiency and productivity.
•    Develop short- and long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, and staffing requirements.  Oversee the development of a departmental plan for backup and succession of key departmental personnel to include management training.
•    Perform macroscopic and microscopic tissue evaluation and interpretation of assigned studies.
•    May assist with necropsy supervision and may conduct necropsies, including gross pathology interpretation, sample collection and fixation.
•    Enter pathology findings in data capturing system(s). 
•    Write comprehensive report narratives detailing all test article effects. As needed, work with study directors to ensure data is accurately integrated into study reports.
•    May serve as a study director or principal investigator.
•    Function as a peer review pathologist or participate in a pathology working group (PWG) as a pathologist.
•    Provide guidance on reading/reporting of carcinogenicity studies.

Job Qualifications

•    Education:  Doctoral degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) from an accredited veterinary school, or acceptable international equivalent in veterinary medicine.
•    Experience: 6 or more years of pathology experience post-D.V.M.;; specialized training and/or experience in toxicologic pathology required. Experience in managing pathologists and/or other professionals 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:  American College of Veterinary Pathologists (A.C.V.P.) board-certification required.   Experience may NOT be substituted for the board-certification at this level.  
•    Other:  Expert knowledge of scientific principles and concepts. Must have a reputation as a leader in the company and with sustained performance and accomplishment.  Demonstrated success in technical proficiency, scientific creativity, collaboration with others and independent thought.  Able to work on complex problems in which analysis of situations or data requires an in-depth evaluation of various factors. Computer literacy in word processing, spreadsheet and database software.

•    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a microscope and work/type at a computer.
•    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.
•    Some tasks involve repetitive motion.

•    General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.
•    Sometimes works in a laboratory environment with mild to moderate noise/odor.
•    Potential exposure to chemical and/or biological hazards.

•    This position requires occasional domestic travel and may require international travel.


IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


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 18,000 employees within 100 facilities in over 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 >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

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.


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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