Research Associate I

Req ID #:  208194

S. San Francisco, CA, US, 94080 S. San Francisco, CA, US, 94080 South San Francisco, CA, US, 94080 South San Francisco, CA, US, 94080 San Francisco, CA, US, 94158

For 75 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


Explora BioLabs, an entity of Charles River, is seeking a Research Associate I located in San Francisco, CA.   


In this role, the incumbent will perform a variety of animal procedures to support company and client research projects (e.g., set
up the study forms, set up the procedure rooms, label and ship samples, etc.).


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.




•    Conduct various procedures including routes of drug administration (oral, SC, IP, IM, IV), blood
•    and tissue collection and grafting techniques.
•    Operate and maintain lab equipment (e.g., isoflurane machine).
•    Work under the direction of direct supervisor. Be responsible for the physical environment for a
•    group of assigned laboratory animals.
•    Operate computer terminal and responsible for data entry.
•    Maintain accurate study records in a legible and organized manner.
•    Assist in maintaining lab/facility inventories.
•    Complete study reports.
•    Perform other job duties after training or under supervision.
•    Accommodate varying workload and work on weekends, holidays, and evenings, when needed.
•    Perform routine animal health related tasks when needed (e.g., change cages or food).

Job Qualifications


Education and Experience
•    Requires a BS in the biological sciences or relevant area required. 
 0-3 years of academic/industry working experience or 5+ years as a Research Associate in a CRO or pharma/biotech.

Required Skills/Abilities
•    Must have a general understanding of animal welfare regulations and of the importance of ethical use of animals in research.
•    Able to learn principles of sanitation and disinfection.
•    Must be able to write carefully, precisely and diligently.
•    Have strong organizational skills in performing assigned tasks without supervision.
•    Must be detail oriented and able to multitask.
•    Flexible to adjust work schedule to accommodate varying workload.
•    Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
•    Able to operate a computer terminal and the server.
•    Have good oral communication skills.

Preferred Experience
•    Skills in animal survival surgeries (cannulation, orthotopic or SC tumor removal, perfusions etc.).
•    Experience with IVIS bioluminescence and fluorescence imaging.
•    Experience with mammalian cell culture.
•    Familiar with a variety of animal models in pharmacokinetics, toxicology, oncology, metabolic diseases, infectious diseases, and immune disorders.
•    Knowledge of drug development and in vivo pharmacology is preferred.

Physical Requirements
•    Dexterity of physical condition to operate all job duties; lift and move objects regularly throughout the shift.
•    Work in a standing position requiring bending and stretching of arms and legs throughout regular work shift.
•    Ability to lift 50 pounds.


Special Considerations 
•    Must be willing to work evenings and weekends if necessary.
•    Must be willing to work with animals.
•    Must be willing to work with infectious biologics (BSL-2 conditions).
•    Must be willing to commute to off-site work location if necessary.
•    Must have reliable transportation in order to travel site-to-site within San Francisco Bay Area within work shift in a reasonable timeframe, on weekend/holiday shifts as assigned. 

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. 

About Research Models & Services 
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond. 


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 20,000 employees within 110 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.

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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


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.

For more information, please visit

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

Job Segment: Research Associate, Pharmaceutical, Biotech, Cell Biology, Research, Science