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Primate Technician 1

Req ID #:  45528

Houston, HI, US, 77047

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

Cares for the animals used in research and development studies. Performs duties related to the maintenance of experimental animals such as feeding and caring for animals, cleaning cages, holding animals for treatment by laboratory technician or maintaining inventory and animal identification records. Performs cleaning/sanitation of animal facility and equipment. Responsible for bio-safety and bio-security of the animals. May partner with pre-clinical investigators to assist and support veterinarians with surgery, dosing, post-op care and monitoring of animal studies.

We are seeking a Primate Technician 1 for our Safety Assessment site located in Houston, Texas.

The Primate Technician 1 is a member of the husbandry team responsible for providing care for NHPs on behalf of, or for sale to, customers, as the Primate Technician 1, you will be responsible for monitoring animal behavior and physical attributes to ensure animal health and welfare, for routine laboratory animal care.  

The following are responsibilities include:  Perform routine daily cleaning of animal rooms and cages; and husbandry duties as assigned. Sanitize cages, primary enclosures, enrichment devices and other related equipment, as may be required. nspect feeding and watering devices for proper function. Observe animals and report illnesses or behavioral abnormalities. Administer veterinary treatments to laboratory animals and collect laboratory data. Routinely handle animals as required for duties. Maintain accurate records. Perform quarantine and isolation procedures as they relate to husbandry tasks. Use equipment related to the collection of data. Perform duties associated with the receipt, transfer and distribution of animals. Learn proper techniques for and assist with TB testing and handling of non-human primates. Comply with safety and report aspects of colony SOPs; as well as guidelines in the CRL Employee Handbook.

Minimum qualif;cations::

  • Education:  High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.).
  • Experience:   1-4 years related experience.  Experience working with animals preferred; experience required in a role requiring compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and maintaining records. Experience in a laboratory animal facility or AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician certification, and 1-2 years experience in a laboratory animal facility preferred. Dependable work history and High School Diploma or GED required.

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS Certification at ALAT level preferred
  • Other:  Must be able to read, write, speak, and understand English. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions, and complete required documentation. Good interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication and delegation and that contribute to a congenial work environment.

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 14,000 employees within 80 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 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.

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 2018.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet


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