Scientist 1 Immunology

Req ID #:  96572

Laval, Quebec, CA, H7V 4B3

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.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   


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 1 for our Immunology department site located Laval (Greater Montreal area) in Canada.


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.


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.



IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

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.

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

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