Senior QC Scientist - Viral

Req ID:  167264

Keele, GB, ST5 5SP

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 

Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 

As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.

Job Summary

Reporting to the QC Team Leader, the Senior Scientist will be responsible for the planning and execution of in-house and contracted programmes of work, ensuring that operational efficiency, quality, Health & Safety targets and standards according to the Code of Conduct are met, as required by the Company.  Responsibilities will include: leading multidisciplinary teams for assigned work ensuring that financial, operational, quality and compliance and Health & Safety targets are met in accordance with the Code of Conduct, as required by the Company.

Profile and Requirements

  • Carry out, and where appropriate drive forward, a range of virology and molecular biology activities to deliver analytical services and associated assay development, both independently and as part of a team
  • To contribute to the design and planning of processes with responsibility for leading the execution of assigned analytical programmes of work. 
  • Responsible for the assessment, development, qualification/validation and transfer of methods within areas of expertise
  • Responsible for the analysis of a variety of sample and product types within area of competence, providing detailed protocols and reports on assigned work.
  • Execute stability studies and incoming materials testing and approval.
  • To fully support the transfer of  methods across multiple sites or to an outside organisation as required. The Senior Scientist has accountability for the interpretation of data raised and provision of recommendations to internal and client facing teams.
  • To effectively manage Analytical packages of work to ensure cGMP compliance is maintained, as defined in the Company Quality system for all assigned programmes of work both contracted and routine operations.
  • To supervise assigned Staff. 

Essential requirements

•    Minimum – BSc (science) or equivalent qualification or previous industrial experience line managing scientific staff and supervising operations
•    Experienced in the conduct of a variety of virological techniques.
•    Practical laboratory or analytical experience within an academic or industrial environment
•    Able to demonstrate high levels of organisation, planning and contingency
•    Able to demonstrate strong verbal & written communication and presentation skills

Desirable requirements

•    Higher postgraduate or relevant professional qualification may be advantageous




About Corporate Functions 
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.

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.


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