Sample Management Technician 1

Req ID #:  97671

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

Compile required documentation and package biological samples for shipping or archiving.  Responsible for managing the inventory of biological samples, study data and equipment within the Sample Management group and maintaining positive control over study materials. 

•    Package biological samples and ensure accurate completion of all required documentation for the shipment (i.e.: verify shipping/packing lists against samples).
•    Prepare domestic and international packages according to applicable guidelines.
•    Handle all details required for shipment of samples (receiving, storage, inventory, disposal and verification) using Study protocol or Sponsor guidance documents. 
•    Communicate with Sponsors via status of shipments, sample discrepancies or other Sponsor related questions.
•    Notify Study Directors, Study Supervisors, and sponsors of FedEx and UPS tracking numbers and verify that packages have arrived at their destinations.
•    Communicate and coordinate sample delivery and storage with Necropsy and In-Life technicians.
•    Perform all tasks in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (GLPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs). 
•    Determine appropriate storage conditions for all incoming samples with guidance.
•    Prepare study materials for shipment according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP), Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (GLP) for archiving materials and Federal Shipping Regulations as they apply to FedEx® and UPS services, or courier for domestic and international shipments.
•    May prepare sample inventories and sample verification for maintained, archived, and sample requests/receipts.
•    Maintain accurate inventory of samples to ensure on-time shipping of samples.  
•    Perform data-entry to maintain accurate status of sample shipments using Report Progress Monitoring (RPM). 
•    Retrieve study and facility materials as needed.
•    Maintain appropriate documentation to demonstrate positive control of study-related materials with guidance.
•    Enter deviations and respond to audit findings, as necessary.
•    Maintain an inventory of required supplies for shipping, labeling and packaging.
•    Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

•    Education:  High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D or equivalent)required;  Associates preferred.  
•    Experience: 1 year experience in a life science laboratory. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certifications/Licensure:  None; IATA certification preferred.
•    Other:  Must be detail oriented and have general familiarity with lab procedures.  Good verbal and written communication skills required.  Basic computer skills; familiarity with Microsoft Office and Excel software required. Ability to organize and prioritize work and meet timelines

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.


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