Senior Technician - Compound Management

Req ID:  177791

Saffron Walden, GB, CB10 1XL

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

We have exciting opportunities for self-motivated Senior Technicians at our laboratories in Chesterford Park, around 10 miles from Cambridge.


successful candidates will work as part of a growing team, using a range of state-of-the-art liquid handling automation to provide the right sample, in the right format, at the right time. Supporting all projects running within Charles River Early Discovery globally, from Hit Identification through iterative Lead Optimisation campaigns aimed at discovering new medicines for our client’s projects.  Within Early Discovery at Charles River, we hold our own large screening libraries for delivery of High Throughput Screening campaigns, along with managing and curating proprietary libraries for our clients, using industry-leading sample management software to deliver a fast, efficient and quality service.


You will work in a challenging and dynamic environment that will provide the ideal opportunity to learn new skills in logistics, project planning, advanced robotics and contribute directly to progression of multiple drug-discovery projects.


Main Tasks
•    To ensure accurate processing and delivery of test samples to assay groups across the organisation
•    To become proficient in the operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art laboratory robotics and ensure the continuous operation of these systems
•    To ensure communication with multiple internal customer groups to enable accurate planning of project timelines for delivery to our client projects.
•    To accurately maintain records of work delivered and maintenance logs of equipment
•    Improving existing processes, or implementing new processes to improve efficiencies


Candidate Profile
•    Educated to degree level within a scientific discipline ideally 
•    Prior experience of working in compound management or screening environments either from industry or academic settings highly desired. 
•    You will be self-motivated and enthusiastic about working in a fast-paced laboratory, with an enthusiastic attitude to learn
•    Further experience of trouble shooting and training other users on robotics and automated platforms would be highly advantageous as there is scope to consider those on a more senior level 

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.