Supervisor Virology

Req ID #:  222150

Erkrath, NW, DE, 40699

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.


For our Biosafety team located in Erkrath, Germany we are seeking an experienced

Supervisor Virology (m/f/d)


Your duties and responsibilities:

  •  Engage, lead and manage a team of scientists and technical assistants
  • Oversee the execution of virological and microbiological/Mycoplasma assays to test client samples, and ensure materials are available for in-time client sample testing
  • Coordinate daily operational activities and supervise the group to ensure optimal group performance, supporting and deputizing when needed
  • Provide guidance and develop staff via trainings and through meetings including performance reviews
  • Ensure the quality of the department’s work, maintenance and improvement of the GMP system, including the creation of standard operating procedures
  • Lead projects to improve test procedures and optimize efficiency
  • Optimize and adjust study planning together with project management and other supervisors to get a detailed and structured study execution
  • In addition to leadership tasks, act as Scientific Officer, i.e. oversee internal & client projects with signature authority in the GMP system#
  • Ensure communication within the department as well as between the department and the different departments and groups at the Charles River Erkrath site
  • Communicate with domestic and foreign clients


 Your education and experience:

This position would suit an experienced Scientist who is an excellent team player and motivated to achieve optimum results as a leader of our Virology team.

You will also be expected to have:

  • University degree in natural science, e.g. (Micro-)Biology, (Bio-)Chemistry, Biotechnology
  • Experience: A minimum of two years as scientist, preferably within a service company in a biotech sector, CMO or CRO
  • A minimum of two years of experience as a team lead is preferred
  • Knowledge of the quality assurance standards, preferably GMP
  • Expertise (theoretical / practical) in the fields of cell biology, virology, microbiology (Mycoplasma)
  • Strong organizational skills and talent to drive operations in a fast-changing environment
  • Ability to promote constructive and open collaborations and interactions with experts and between different teams in a (matrix) organization
  • Very good communication and presentation skills to effectively communicate with various target groups
  • very good German and English language required

Nice to have:

  • Permission to work with animal pathogens (§2 TierSeuchErV)
  • Permission to work with pathogens ( IfSG § 44)
  • Project leader for genetic engineering (§ 15 GenTSV)


What we offer:

  •  an unlimited full-time position with varied, demanding activities
  • a future-oriented global industries and company
  • flexible working hours
  • an active participation in shaping your field of activity in a motivated team 


Are you interested?

Please apply under job ID 222150 via our career portal with your application documents in English and your earliest possible starting date.
We look forward to receiving your application!

Charles River Laboratories Germany GmbH
Human Resources
Max-Planck-Str. 15a
40699 Erkrath
[email protected]


About Biologics Testing Solutions
With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.


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 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 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, or 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 [email protected]. 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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