Research Animal Technician 2

Req ID #:  141079

Gaithersburg, MD, US, 20878

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

We are seeking a Research Animal Technician 2 for our Insourcing Solutions site located in Gaithersburg, MD.


The following are responsibilities related to the Research Animal Tech 2:


•    Observe appropriate safety and study requirements by reading, understanding and following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations and study protocols.
•    Observe appropriate safety and health practices including personal protective equipment and barrier requirements. Review IACUC protocols and Experimental protocols. Determine the technical support needs and coordinate support with Lead Technicians or PI’s. 
•    Perform daily health/mortality checks.
•    Perform basic technical procedures such as SC, IV, IM, IP injections, and oral gavage.
•    Perform blood collection procedures.
•    Perform tissue collection procedures and euthanasia.
•    Observe and examine animals for sign of disease, distress or pain.
•    Record observations and body weights according to GLPs.
•    Perform standard husbandry procedures as needed. 
•    Perform animal identification procedures.
•    Maintain the animal facility in a clean and orderly condition.
•    Perform other duties as assigned by the LAR Manager.
•    Interact effectively with other animal support staff and investigative staff.
•    Recognize and identify opportunities to improve operations.
•    Practice performing advanced technical or specialized procedures, such as imaging, surgical support or breeding.


The following are minimum qualifications related to the Research Animal Tech 2position:


  • Education: High school diploma or equivalent, AA, BA or BS degree in Biological sciences 
  • Experience:   
    • HS diploma plus least 4 years of experience working in a laboratory animal research setting with rodent
    •  AA degree in biological sciences plus 2 years of experience working in a laboratory animal research setting with rodents
    • BA/BS degree plus 1 year of experience working in a laboratory animal research setting with rodents
  • Certification/Licensure:  LAT or VT certification preferred. 


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 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 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 - M/F/Disabled/Vet.

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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