Research Leader Ion Channels

Req ID:  205531

Saffron Walden, GB, CB10 1XL

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.

Business Area



Are you looking to join a global leader in the Drug Discovery field?


Are you an expert in Ion Channels? 

Charles River Discovery have an exceptional new client facing position providing ion channel expertise to multidisciplinary integrated Drug Discovery projects and HTS campaigns, defining and implementing the scientific strategy to expedite project progression.

What you'll do

  • To provide ion channel expertise, to drug discovery projects, integrating in vitro and in vivo data to help define project strategy and deliver agreed project objectives.
  • To analyse, interpret, and quality control data to meet programme specifications including presentation of recommendations to Client Project Teams.
  • To collaborate across Charles River sites to identify and apply the right translational studies at the right time.
  • To work with scientific leadership within the department, including proactively influencing the departments scientific direction and developing optimised processes to improve effectiveness.
  • To contribute to Business Development activities (e.g. proposal preparation, discussions with potential clients).
  • To help promote CRL Discovery’s strong scientific reputation e.g. presentations at conferences/user group meetings, contributions to publications and preparation of marketing materials, engagement in platforms such as LinkedIn.
  • To develop others through coaching, mentoring and motivate others to fulfil their potential.
  • To embrace change and be a role model to maintain a high preforming team

Essential Skills

•    BSc or equivalent  in biological sciences
•    Industry experience in pharma or biotech or other commercial organisations
•    Experience with a wide range of ion channels targets 
•    Experience with a range of in vivo/ ex vivo/ stem cell ion channel models
•    Experience of working in multidisciplinary drug discovery project teams

So What's Next?

At Charles River Laboratories we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

If you are inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do by joining us on this exciting journey and believe you can contribute to this bold ambition – join us!

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 20,000 employees within 110 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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.