Surgery & Efficacy - Surgeon

Req ID #:  204651

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.


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

We are seeking a Surgical Scientist for our Surgery & Efficacy department, site located in Mattawan, MI.


A Surgical Scientist is responsible for supporting the Surgery and Efficacy department by performing major and minor surgical procedures, including model development, study set-up, procedure completion, post-operative follow-up; and for providing mentorship and training to Associate Scientists and staff. The individual in this role may supervise others and may also function in the role of a Contributing Scientist or Principal Investigator, 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.


  • Performs surgical procedures as required.

  • Provides post-operative patient follow-up care, including monitoring and complication correction and/or prevention.

  • Researches and develops surgical models (proposals); contributes to the development and writing of surgical protocols; reviews draft protocols; and prepares publications or makes presentations, as needed. ·

  • Provides expertise to Study Directors and Sponsors. ·

  • Provides daily direction to technical staff and verifies pre-study preparation for scheduled studies, including acquiring supplies and equipment; prepares surgical and study records; and attends and/or conducts pre-study organizational meetings.

  • Monitors conduct/efficiency of technical staff and guests within surgery suites and contributes to a constructive study experience for Sponsors.

  • Assists with providing price estimates for surgical components of applicable studies.

  • Functions as Contributing Scientist or Principal Investigator as assigned.

  • Provides surgical training and mentorship to Associate Scientists and staff.


Job Qualifications

Knowledge, Experience, Skills and Abilities required to accomplish the essential functions include but are not limited to:


  • HS/GED in relevant field, with 10 or more years of relevant experience; Surgical Research Specialist (SRS) certification required; or,

  • Bachelor’s/Master’s degree with 8 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 complex surgical procedures including, but not limited to, the following: thoracotomies, laparotomies, neurological procedures, interventional procedures, orthopedic and soft tissue procedures.

  • Demonstrated ability to explain scientific relevance of a surgical model as it relates to the purpose of a study.

  • Exemplary level of expertise in troubleshooting 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.

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 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 20,000 employees within 110 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. 

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.


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