Associate Scientist - Surgery OR, Associate Surgeon

Req ID #:  221361

Mattawan, MI, US, 49071

For 75 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


We are seeking an experienced Associate Scientist for our Surgery OR Team located in Mattawan, MI. 


An Associate Scientist - Surgery is responsible for supporting the Surgery and Efficacy department by performing surgical procedures, study set-up, procedure completion, post-operative follow-up, and providing mentorship and training to staff.  The individual in this role may supervise others, and may also function in the role of a Contributing Scientist, responsible for the development of applicable protocols/plans in accordance with study specific procedures, company standard operating procedures (SOPs), industry regulatory guidelines, and budgetary guidelines as business/scientific needs require.

Essential Functions:


  • May perform supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws to include interviewing, training, and developing employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance and completing annual performance review on or before due date; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Perform minor surgical procedures independently; perform major surgical procedures with guidance.
  • Provide post-operative patient follow-up care, including monitoring and complication correction and/or prevention.
  • Research and develop surgical models (proposals); contribute to the development and writing of surgical protocols; review draft protocols.
  • Provide expertise to Study Directors and Sponsors.
  • Provide daily direction to technical staff and verifies pre-study preparation for scheduled studies, including acquiring supplies and equipment; prepares surgical and study records; and attend and/or conduct pre-study organizational meetings.
  • Monitor conduct/efficiency of technical staff and guests within surgery suites and contribute to a constructive study experience for Sponsors.
  • Assist with providing price estimates for surgical components of applicable studies.
  • Function as Contributing Scientist, as assigned.
  • Provide surgical training and mentorship to staff.


The pay range for this position is $70,000/annually USD. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

Job Qualifications




  • HS/GED in relevant field, with 7 or more years of relevant experience; Surgical Research Specialist (SRS) certification required; or,
  • Bachelor's/Master's degree with 5 or more years of relevant experience; SRS certification required.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform minor surgical procedures and assist with major procedures.
  • Demonstrated ability to explain scientific relevance of a surgical model as it relates to the purpose of a study.
  • Ability to troubleshoot surgical techniques to preserve the integrity of a study.
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing at all levels inside and outside the organization.
  • Basic familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Computer skills, commensurate with Essential Functions, including the ability to learn a validated system.
  • Ability to work extended hours beyond normal work schedule to include, but not limited to evenings, weekends, extended shifts, and/or extra shifts; sometimes on short notice.
  • Ability to work under specific time constraints.

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 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 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.


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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.


If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to [email protected]. This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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