Instrumentation Technician - Technical Operations

Req ID #:  192052

Reno, NV, US, 89511

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 are seeking an experienced Instrumentation Technician for our Safety Assessment site located in Reno, Nevada


In addition to performing validation, maintenance, testing, calibration, and repair on a variety of sophisticated laboratory components, analytical equipment, and instrumentation, the Instrumentation Technician is also responsible for ordering equipment and supplies from approved Charles River vendors, coordinating onsite meetings with approved Charles River vendors on new and updated products, and participating in validation of new equipment to ensure CFR part 11 compliance.



  • Validate, maintain, test, troubleshoot, calibrate and repair laboratory instrumentation
  • Improve technical procedures by participating in method development and validation of new systems.
  • Work with management and scientific staff to establish and implement the appropriate solutions to potential or identified problems
  • Ensure that the data capture system is performing satisfactorily and that system maintenance, repair, archival of data is performed in compliance with GLP regulations.
  • Ensure that all laboratory equipment is installed, validated, maintained, periodically tested, and repaired in accordance with GLP regulations.
  • Prepare and maintain SOPs for all equipment and related areas.  Prepare validation reports related to equipment validation and address QA comments.
  • Initiate and/or perform change controls on instrumentation.
  • Maintain calibration, maintenance and repair records as per SOP.
  • Train staff on the operation of instruments.
  • Work in collaboration with other service departments and/or vendors to coordinate activities that involve the other service groups.
  • Interact with suppliers, service representatives, and participates in sponsor interactions for specific instruments.
  • Provide a support function to address unexpected problems at short notice (e.g., set-up and operation of the equipment, instrumentation errors, etc.).
  • Manage project timelines and resource coordination in conjunction with laboratory management, with minimal supervision.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


The following are minimum requirements related to the Instrumentation Technician position.


Education: Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in a laboratory science or related discipline required. 
Experience: Two years related experience in validating, maintaining, and/or calibrating equipment preferred.  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: Excellent verbal, written communication and organizational skills. Demonstrated independent analytical and problem solving abilities.  

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 300 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 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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Nearest Major Market: Reno
Nearest Secondary Market: Tahoe

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