qPCR Data Analyst - Night Shift

Req ID:  65979

Cambridge, GB, CB2 0BA

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

As part of the UK Government’s National Testing Strategy for COVID-19, a new testing centre has been established in Cambridge through a collaboration between AstraZeneca, GSK and the University of Cambridge.  The COVID-19 Cambridge Testing Centre, located on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus, opened in April, and is making a significant contribution to the national testing effort.  The high-throughput testing laboratory was purpose designed and is equipped with state-of-the art automation and innovative scientific processes.   

The Cambridge COVID-19 Testing Centre is required to continue its testing operation into 2021.  To support this continued operation, Charles River has been asked to join the collaboration and we are now seeking to recruit over 200 scientists to support the continued lab operation across a range of roles.  Staff in the laboratory will be required to work a shift pattern, enabling continuous operation of the centre 24 hours a day. 

This is a great opportunity to apply your scientific skills to the national fight against COVID-19. You will work alongside scientists from leading pharmaceutical companies, biomedical contract research organisation and the University of Cambridge.  The impact of the work in the Cambridge Testing Centre, along with the combined efforts of the network of Lighthouse Laboratories, is expected to be long-lasting, contributing to the nation’s ability to respond effectively to future pandemics.  

We are seeking experienced qPCR Data Analysts and Team Leads on night shifts for this project located in Central Cambridge. 


The roles will run until 27th April 2021 with competitive salary packages and set shifts.  

Pattern 1: Tuesday – Friday : 11.30pm - 6.30am
Pattern 2: Saturday – Monday : 11.30pm - 6.30am 

Roles will require:

•    Sometime based in CL2 Labs
•    Working and communicating across a fast-paced team.
•    Following SOPs.


Job Summary


This role is responsible for analysis of PCR data from samples, correct tracking and recording of the analysis in the appropriate database. Most of this work can be completed remotely, although individuals may be asked to attend site to liaise directly with scientists and shift leaders, particularly during training. 

Further Responsibilities include: 
•    Processing large data sets accurately within the set timescales 
•    Ability to recognise anomalous results, escalating to the Data Lead as needed
•    Analysing non-clinical data as part of process optimisation
•    Reviewing any non-clinical data prior to release
•    Escalating QC issues 


•    Previous experience within a lab environment, working with qPCR datasets is essential
•    Expert use of data analysis tools including Excel.
•    Experience of line management, ability to delegate workloads and work across a remote platform 

Team Leads are expected to be able to come onsite during the week to attend meetings and build relationships with the other Leads. 

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 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.