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Senior Research Scientist

Req ID #:  43232

Horsham, PA, US, 19044-1241

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

Responsible for overseeing study conduct of preclinical efficacy and/or toxicology studies assigned by TFM within safety assessment.  Responsible for protocols/study plans, coordinates with technical teams to allow appropriate execution of the study, including establishing study schedules, ensuring adequate Standard Operating Procedures are available and adhered to, oversees adequate data recording and reporting, and ensures regulatory requirements/expectations are met for the assigned study(ies).  Overall interpretation of preclinical toxicity studies, evaluation and preparation of reports from the data collected during these studies, communication with sponsor representatives, initiating contact with potential clients will be required, Familiarity with study costs and impact of changes will be required.  May be involved with development of new technologies/procedures.

Is an established key scientist in at least one area of expertise, with experience in different areas/disciplines.  Responsibilities extended to include departmental, procedural or management of internal project(s) involvement and contributing to company growth (scientific and capabilities). 


  • Functions as an independent Study Director in accordance with the applicable Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs) (see detailed role and responsibilities of Study Director below).
  • Where applicable, functions as Principal Investigator(PI)/Individual Scientist (IS) (see detailed role and responsibilities of PI/IS).
  • Oversees and coordinates study conduct (protocol development, technical guidance, and reporting).
  • Thoroughly understands local and international regulations and their application to client’s products.
  • Functions independently as contact for the planning and execution of sponsor interaction related to assigned studies.
  • Effectively manages complex assignments within own discipline with considerable autonomy.
  • Effectively communicates with internal and external clients in a manner that generates confidence and builds trust.
  • Actively engages internal/external customers and demonstrates understanding of customers' needs, requirements, and expectations.
  • Has the ability to consult with the client on a program and averts problems and practical limitations in advance.
  • Thoroughly understands Quality Assurance (QA)/Quality Control (QC) process.
  • Interacts with veterinary staff, and thoroughly understands the IACUC process and the Study Director role in animal welfare.
  • Understands Charles River capabilities and identifies opportunities for cross selling; assumes a significant role in cross-selling to clients, acting as part of a team that involves other disciplines.
  • Recognizes gaps and opportunities for improvements by keeping current with “State of the Art” techniques/procedures and assist in effectively transferring this information to and/or provides training to build intellectual capital within the corporation.
  • Has direct impact on profitable revenue generation.
  • May participate in the proposal management and bid development process.
  • Presents collaborative or independent research internally or externally; may publish data and/or scientific methodology in scientific publications.


  • Bachelor’s (BSc), Master’s (MA/MSc), Doctorate (PhD), PharmD, DVM, or MD degree or equivalent in Toxicology, Pharmacology, or a related discipline.
  •  Generally 8 to 10 years related industry experience.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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 in 2017.


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Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet

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