Principal Research Scientist - Laboratory Sciences

Req ID #:  83453

Reno, NV, US, 89511

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.

Principal Research Scientist-Laboratory Sciences

We are seeking a Principal Research Scientist, Bioanalytical Sciences (Lab Sciences) for our Safety Assessment site located in Reno, Nevada.


The following are responsibilities related to the Principal Research Scientist, Bioanalytical Sciences (Lab Sciences)


Experienced in developing and validating ligand binding assays in support of Pharmacokinetic/Toxicokinetic, Immunogenicity and biomarker studies.  The candidate should have the ability in utilizing of a variety of platforms (ELISA, ECL, Luminex, Gyros, etc.) and can provide recommendations to clients during study planning and assay design of these assays. The individual shall act as a lead scientist in the planning and execution of assigned studies. In addition, they must have the ability to interpret data for studies, provide scientific rigor, effectively integrate supporting data, and consistently prepare high quality reports. Serve as a mentor to junior scientists, and provide scientific direction for complex studies. Scientist will participate in the bioanalytical scientific community both internally and externally by actively engaging in working groups and committees. The scientist will recommend and implement scientific platforms and technologies based on industry direction.  Additionally, the scientist will review papers, work on publications and develop presentations relevant to bioanalytical sciences to support growth in the organization.



Job Requirements



  • Experience developing and validating ligand binding assays for the purpose of bioanalysis, immunogenicity testing and biomarker measurement for non-clinical and clinical studies.
  • Experience in the contract research or pharmaceutical industry conducting scientific research.
  • Experience in a GLP environment required. Assay development experience required. Experience with project management and drug development.




  • PhD and 6 years of experience in bioanalytical sciences OR
  • Master’s degree and 8 years of experience in bioanalytical sciences OR
  • Bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience in bioanalytical sciences

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 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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