Pre Clinical Pathology Technician - SIGN ON BONUS $750

Req ID #:  109293

Horsham, PA, US, 19044

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

Independently perform necropsy functions and generate data on all types of studies. (i.e. basic/complex/specialized).  Prepare and review documentation and perform quality control review of study data.  Provide technical guidance, train, and serve as a mentor to less experienced staff.  Contribute to department operations improvement in areas such as process development, SOP revisions, department inspections and equipment maintenance


  • Independently perform specialized necropsy procedures (may include collection of tissues for special procedures, perfusion fixation, fetal evaluation, specialized dissection, neurodissection, bone densitometry collections, cerebral spinal fluid collections, etc.).
  • Ensure raw data records are accurate, complete, and in appropriate order, and meet protocol specifications and/or GLP requirements.  Review documentation of functions performed as part of quality control requirements.  Prepare data forms for routine and specialized study procedures. 
  • Collect and record research data and biological specimens in compliance with Good Laboratory Practices Regulations (GLP), study protocols and SOP’s.
  • Assist in preparing responses to both internal and external quality assurance audits.
  • Review study protocols and provide recommendations to study director/supervisor on technical and logistical aspects of protocol design. 
  • Confirm necropsy abnormalities and gross observations
  • Become trained in other laboratory departments in skill sets that can benefit the department (i.e., may include fetal evaluations, cholinesterase evaluations, or other skills in the animal care, research or formulations departments).
  • Evaluate department processes for possible improvements.  Develop and standardize data collection procedures. 


Job Qualifications


  •  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in a biological science preferred. High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.) required.  
  • Minimum 1-3 years of necropsy laboratory experience or similar lab environment in a GLP experience preferred.  Knowledge of GLP’s and other federal regulations and guidelines relating to the care of laboratory animals preferred.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.


  • AALAS certification at the LAT level strongly preferred.   Demonstrate advanced technical and analytical skills.  Effective communication and leadership skills.  Ability to handle a variety of laboratory animals.  Must be able to perform effectively as a team member, accurately record data, follow verbal and written instructions, maintain a positive work atmosphere, communicate effectively, and interact in a professional manner with management, coworkers, and sponsors.  Must be able to regularly make quick thinking decisions without affecting the integrity of the work being performed.

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 300 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 17,000 employees within 90 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. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.


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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