Research Support Specialist 1 (Poolesville)

Req ID #:  111298

Poolesville, MD, US, 20837

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 


Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 


As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.


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Job Summary

We are seeking a Research Support Specialist 1 for our Insourcing Solutions site located in Poolesville, MD.


The following are responsibilities related to the Research Support Specialist 1 position:


  • Possess the ability to perform technical duties associated with the Animal Study Proposals especially those in relation to NHP Critical Care studies to include but not limited to collection of physiologic data, blood withdrawals, knowledge of aseptic techniques for surgical preparation, anesthesia induction, maintenance and monitoring, set up and operation of mechanical ventilators and anesthesia equipment and all other related critical care monitoring equipment.
  • Provide assistance as needed with technical duties associated with the Animal Study Proposals in relation to NHP retroviral, human respiratory and flavivirus studies to include but not limited to daily animal health checks, blood withdrawals, anesthesia, intestinal biopsies, broncho-aveolar lavage, tracheal and nasal lavages, necropsies, documented observations and treatments.
  • Maintain detailed and accurate animal health records for all experimental data and related information e.g. ability to calculate maximum blood volume withdrawal based on body weight. 
  • Practice universal precautions appropriate to different levels of ABSL.  Work safely with animal / human pathogen biohazards, and help to maintain the research animal facility as a safe work environment / operation.
  • Report any animal health, care, and / or wellbeing concerns to the appropriate facility management staff.
  • Report any facility infrastructure issues, relative to the animal care and support areas, to the appropriate facility management.
  • Ability to work flexible hours to include weekends, holidays and overnights to ensure research needs are met and experiments are carried out to comply with appropriate timelines.
  • Ability to interact with all personnel in a manner which promotes a professional work environment.



Job Qualifications

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Research Support Specialist 1 position:

  • Education:  High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required.
  • Experience: Must have experience in laboratory animal care and is required to have expert knowledge of non-human primate husbandry and technical procedures. Must have computer program proficiency such as MS Word / Access / Excel. Must have a proficient technical vocabulary.
  • Certification/Licensure:  Must be certified Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT).



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About Corporate Functions
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.  

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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