Scientist 1, Immunology

Req ID #:  74793

Laval, Quebec, CA, H7V 4B3

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

Designs and/or executes scientific testing strategies and studies. Leads assay development, assay validation or study conduct, or is involved in preparation of material [e.g. protein, nucleic acid, cells, etc.]. Reviews and interprets study data, communicates results to clients and writes final reports. Serves as Project Scientist, Principal Investigator, Contributing Scientist, Project Leader or Study Director, as applicable. Ensures compliance with protocols and all applicable SOPs. Troubleshoots and resolves assay or technical issues in the laboratory when scientific expertise is needed. May introduce new technologies or introduce improvements in existing technologies. Provides advisory functions to clients designing a program or experiment, dealing with specific dataset interpretation, or when appropriate answering questions from regulatory authorities.

We are seeking a Scientist for our Immunology department site located in Laval (greater Montreal area) in Canada.


Long Description

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Scientist 1 position:

  • Master’s or Doctorate’s degree is a definite asset; 

  • Minimum of 3 years of relevant experience including a minimum of 1 year in a scientific position relevant to Immunology  

  • Working experience in more than one of the following areas: ELISA/ligand-binding assays, multiplex assays, flow cytometry, molecular biology, and/or cell-based assays; 

  • Good knowledge and application of GLP; 

  • Good practical experience in project management; 

  • Bilingualism (French/English), verbal and written, is required; 

  • Good organizational, interpersonal, leadership and communication skills; 

  • Good problem solving and analytical skills; 

  • Ability to work under time constraints and adapt to change; 

  • Strong customer service orientation; 

  • Detail oriented and meticulous; 

  • Flexibility to work on changing work schedules 

Long Description

The following are responsibilities related to the Scientist 1:

  • Prepare and/or review study-related documentation (e.g. worksheets and technical procedures); 

  • Prepare study schedules and draft study plans and amendments for Immunology studies (in collaboration with the study director, as applicable); 

  • Ensure that the studies are planned efficiently with regard to the experiment required, staff requirements and their qualifications, health and safety legislation, such that the study will satisfy its objectives; 

  • Monitor the laboratory activities during the study by conducting regular visits to the lab, by supervising critical activities and reviewing the records as appropriate; 

  • Coordinate Immunology laboratory staff in the execution of method development/transfer, validation and sample analysis; 

  • Perform appropriate analysis and interpretation of study data generated and advise accordingly; 

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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