Scientist I - Research

Req ID #:  185893

Rockville, MD, US, 20850 Rockville, MD, US, 20850 Rockville, MD, US, 20852

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.

IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly. 

Job Summary

Charles River Laboratories has been a leader at the forefront of cell and gene therapy, Adeno-Associated virus or AAV vector production, adenovirus vector production, lentivirus vector production, retrovirus vector production, plasmid production, viral vector QC and analytical services, plasmid QC and analytical services, providing services and products to support this rapidly growing and increasingly important field. 
The Scientist I, Analytical Development/Quality Control is responsible for implementing knowledge, research, and expertise to successfully develop and execute new analytical assays for viral vectors  including AAV (Adeno Associated Virus). 
Duties and Responsibilities 

•    Implement knowledge/expertise to successfully develop and execute chromatography-based assays for viral vectors (AAV, LVV, Adv, RVV, others) 
•    Utilize HPLC, AKTA, and other chromatography based systems
•    Work under the direction of the AD/QC Supervisor to promote internal research 
•    Work with Production to qualify and validate viral vector testing processes as directed by the AD/QC Supervisor 
•    Participate in decision-making processes within the project team by actively engaging in scientific and technical discussions 
•    Build credibility within lab group by performing high quality work 
•    Write, review, and revise production SOPs as aligned with updated procedures 
•    Other responsibilities as required 

Job Qualifications


•    B.S. in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related field with 5+ years of experience, or 
•    Master's degree in Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related field with 3+ years of experience 
•    At least 2 years of experience with development of chromatography-based methods (HPLC and AKTA) in the industry settings
•    Teaming and collaboration 
•    Great attention to detail 
•    Previous experience in contract manufacturing preferred 
•    Previous experience in a development role preferred 
•    Excellent verbal and written communication skills 
•    Microsoft Office experience (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) 
•    Good critical thinking skills and technical skills  
•    Well organized, able to manage multiple projects at a time  
•    Strong ability to adapt, be flexible, and work independently and with resilience 

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor.  As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require proof of vaccination from all employees. 

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.


About Biologics Testing Solutions
With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.

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 18,000 employees within 100 facilities in over 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. 

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 >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.


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