Associate Director, Technical Services and Research

Req ID #:  214265

San Diego, CA, US, 92121

At Charles River, we are passionate about improving the quality of people’s lives. When you join our global family, you will help create healthier lives for millions of patients and their families. 

Charles River employees are innovative thinkers, who are dedicated to continuous learning and improvement. We will empower you with the resources you need to grow and develop in your career. 

As a Charles River employee, you will be part of an industry-leading, customer-focused company at the forefront of drug development. Your skills will play a key role in bringing life-saving therapies to market faster through simpler, quicker, and more digitalized processes. Whether you are in lab operations, finance, IT, sales, or another area, when you work at Charles River, you will be the difference every day for patients across the globe.

Job Summary

Responsible for overseeing and managing all aspects of Charles River Accelerator & Development Labs (CRADL) technical services and biohub research. Provides scientific, in vivo methodology, and operational leadership across sites to maintain performance levels consistent with and according to company standards and client objectives. Provides cross-site consistency in execution of branded technical services and research offerings to clients. Monitor and report on financial performance. Partner with senior management to develop, implement, and achieve short- and long-term goals for the CRADL organization.



  • Oversee the operation of all IS contract research site outposts in specific regions (San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston)
  • Oversee the operation of all CRADL technical services in specific regions (San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Boston)
  • Lead development of new models and services to grow the technical service and research part of the business as well as to lead expansion into new geographies.
  • Assist in the development of short-and-long-range operating objectives, organizational structure, financial budget, staffing requirements, retention, and succession plans. 
  • Assist senior management with service forecasting and budget planning
  • Direct technical services and contract research studies as needed
  • Lead the technical teams to ensure studies are being conducted to meet the requirements of study and IACUC protocols
  • Serve as a role model to CRADL staff as it relates to CRL Core Values (CARE, LEAD, OWN, COLLABORATE). Provide leadership and motivation to all staff.  

Job Qualifications

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree in biology or life sciences equivalent required.  PhD in biology or related scientific field preferred.
  • Experience:  Minimum of six (6) years of laboratory research experience with demonstrated working knowledge of scientific principles and in vivo study methodology. At least three (3) years of post-graduate working experience preferred. PK and Oncology experience preferred. CRO experience preferred.
  • Certification/Licensure: AALAS certification Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG), CVT, LVT, RVT, or CMAR certification preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education, experience, and certifications may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

About Corporate Functions
The Corporate Functions provide operational support across Charles River in areas such as Human Resources, Finance, IT, Legal, Sales, Quality Assurance, Marketing, and Corporate Development. They partner with their colleagues across the company to develop and drive strategies and to set global standards. The functions are essential to providing a bridge between strategic vision and operational readiness, to ensure ongoing functional innovation and capability improvement.  

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.

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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