Senior technician Histology

Req ID #:  96531

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.


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Job Summary

Perform routine processing of tissues to produce microscopic slides (trimming, embedding, cutting, operation of tissue processor, staining, slides quality check). Perform method development (special stains). Assist Team Leader to coordinate the performance of technical procedures. We are currently looking for a Senior Technician for our Histology team located in Laval (greater Montreal area), Quebec.


The following are responsibilities related to the position:

  • Perform technical procedures required in the process of slide preparation for histological evaluation of animal organs/tissues collected at terminal investigation of animals assigned to a study (investigation or development);
  • Prepare all histology material;
  • Ensure data integrity;
  • Complete data collection;
  • Follow all Standard Operating Procedures (SOP);
  • Ensure that work performed is in accordance with the requirements of a study plan and in full compliance with Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) (where these conditions apply);
  • Train new technicians, if required;
  • Ensure with the shipping coordinator that samples are sent to clients in good order;
  • Prepare chain of custody documentation, if required;
  • Pack samples for shipment;
  • Maximize the utilization of all resources;
  • Manage time effectively;
  • Remain informed on all legislation and developments related to job through self-education and external training;
  • Substitute for and/or assist department colleagues;
  • Perform any other reasonable tasks that may be required.

Job Qualifications

The following are the minimum qualifications related to the position:

  • Collegial Diploma in chemistry, biology or equivalent;
  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant experience;
  • Strong practical knowledge of histology techniques;
  • Good knowledge of related legislation, principles, practices and procedures;
  • Strong knowledge and application of GLP;
  • Reading of English is required. Bilingualism is preferable;
  • Good organizational, interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Strong problem solving and analytical skills;
  • Detail oriented and meticulous;
  • Ability to work under time constraints and adapt to change;
  • Flexibility to work on changing work schedules;
  • Ability to work in a team environment;
  • Working knowledge of related computer applications.


Working environment:

  • Work is constantly performed in a laboratory environment;
  • Considerable sensory attention is required on a regular basis;
  • Work schedule requires flexibility as per job requirements;
  • Work with tissues from all species, possible radioactive materials or with materials of higher toxicity levels. 



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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 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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