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Senior Research Surgeon

Req ID #:  43542

Montreal, QC, CA

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

  • To adhere to Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) regulations and organizational Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs).
  • Provide leadership and counsel for the surgery team.
  • Works with Principal Research Surgeon to delegate projects, technical work (e.g. surgical procedures) and administrative duties (e.g. SOPs) as appropriate.  
  • To perform study specific surgeries in a wide variety of laboratory animal species.
  • Develop and refine surgical techniques using literature review and consultants when appropriate.
  • Work to develop and implement new procedures, techniques or equipment to maintain a modern standard of care.
  • To provide support to different departments to solve problems with current procedures or offer expertise for improvement.
  • To provide costing for surgical models and procedural models on study.
  • To provide proper surgery scheduling needs pertaining to a study and to resolve any issues resulting.
  • To ensure adequate and appropriate training of technical staff on surgery and surgery related topics (e.g.: aseptic technique, anesthesia/analgesia) in addition to moderate and difficult surgical and technical trainings.
  • Ensure staff have been signed off on activities prior to being assigned on a study.     
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


  • Animal health technician or equivalent
  • >5 years of advanced surgery experience
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • CALAS and/or ASR certification is an asset.

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 14,000 employees within 80 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 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.

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 2018.


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