R&D Scientist

Req ID #:  74071

Newark, DE, US, 19711

For nearly 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.isabled/Vet

Job Summary

Participate in evaluating technology platforms related to microbial identification and detection. Partner with cross-functional teams to develop new products and services to expand the Microbial Solutions product portfolio. Manage projects, perform experiments, analyze data, and present results to stakeholders.

We are seeking a R&D Scientist for our Microbial Solutions site located Newark, DE.

The following are responsibilities related to the R&D Scientist:

•    Collaborate with R & D team members and external partners on technology evaluation and product development projects related to microbial identification and detection.
•    Design and perform experiments to evaluate, develop, and optimize assays; ensure attention to detail in record keeping and result verification.
•    Analyze data, summarize trends, and present results from R & D experiments.
•    As required, manage technology evaluation and/or product development projects.
•    Apply advanced data analysis approaches to find solutions and develop products.
•    Use scientific literature, conferences, market research and patent databases to plan and guide projects.
•    Assist R & D with presenting potential new technologies and scientific results both internally and externally.
•    Support R & D efforts in responding to customer, QA, Operations and field-support questions.
•    As required, participate in training CRL staff about new products and services.
•    Maintain productive relationships with internal and external collaborators.
•    Maintain freezer stocks of microbial isolates of all assigned projects.
•    Provide routine maintenance, repair and cleaning of relevant laboratory equipment.
•    Comply with all aspects of laboratory safety, safety stations, safety manuals, safety SOP and MSDS sheets.
•    Ensure that all regulatory and GMP compliance requirements are met and adhered to in the development process.
•    Perform all other related duties as assigned.

The following are the minimum qualifications related to the R&D Scientist:

•    Education: Master’s Degree (M.A. / M.S.) or PhD Degree in Biological or Chemical Science, or Bioengineering, or related discipline required.
•    Experience: Three to six years laboratory experience in Molecular or Microbiology, and/or Biochemistry field. Technical understanding of microbiology and molecular biology methods including DNA extraction procedures, Sanger and/or Next Generation Sequencing, primer design, quantitative PCR. Experience with Microbial Identification by Sequencing or MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry or other methods preferred. Knowledge of Spectroscopy, Experimental design, Bioinformatics, Multivariate statistics or Chemometrics, Machine Learning a plus. 
•    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
•    Certification/Licensure: None.
•    Other: Working knowledge of Quality Systems. Formal presentation skills and attention to detail needed.


About Microbial Solutions
Our Microbial Solutions business group has a comprehensive portfolio of endotoxin testing, microbial detection and microbial identification products and services is unlike any other, and has been purposefully designed to meet the complex and ever-changing needs of the industry. We help clients to ensure product safety and quality with easy-to-use yet robust testing solutions that satisfy regulatory requirements, support critical decision making and improve operational efficiencies.


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.


Equal Employment Opportunity 


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