Senior Animal Technician

Req ID:  145535

Portishead, GB, BS20 7AW

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

We have an opportunity for a motivated and pro-active Senior/Principal Animal Technician to join the scientific team at our Portishead, Bristol site in the UK. Our focus is to provide state of the art cell biology and pharmacology support to a range of global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies in areas including immune oncology, autoimmune and inflammatory disease and infection.


Our work ranges from early drug discovery projects through to clinical trials. At Charles River we ensure all research is conducted at the highest standards to adhere to the strictest ethical standards at all times. 
The successful applicant will be an integral part of a dynamic and flexible team that conducts a wide range of in vivo efficacy testing models as well as developing new in vivo models. This is an exciting time to join our team as we are expanding on our offering of disease models. Training will be available on site, as required. Depending on experience, particularly in regards to competency to perform regulated procedures and training, appointments can be made at senior or principal technician level.


Further Responsibilities include:
•    Providing a high level of animal care at all times, ensuring that the animal's welfare is a priority throughout the process.
•    Administering drugs (through a variety of routes) and blood sampling with due care and attention.
•    Maintaining highly accurate records at all times, escalating any problems to the appropriate team member.
•    Work closely with Scientists' and Managers' on projects to ensure models are viable. 
•    Adhere to all health and safety protocols appropriately and to report any quality issues immediately. 


•    Relevant Higher Qualification (Biological Sciences, Animal Welfare or similar)
•    Ability to perform surgical techniques as needed is highly advantageous 
•    Holder of Home Office License; with experience of working with rodents or small animals preferred
•    Proven husbandry experience, caring for and handling animals under SPF conditions 
•    Strong attention to detail with excellent communication skills
•    Passion for animal welfare

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


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.