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Lab Operations Technician I

Req ID #:  43757

Shrewsbury, MA, US, 01545

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 are seeking an experienced Laboratory Operations Technician I for our Biologics group currently located in Woburn, MA moving to Shrewsbury, MA in Q2/Q3 due to growth.


In this position, the Laboratory Operations Technician I will be responsible for performing a variety of tasks involved in sample receiving and processing, and inventory management of critical components, laboratory supplies, specialty reagents, and client-supplied reagents and controls. Perform activities related to sample log in, processing, storage, shipping of materials client support, laboratory and facilities order placement, and order tracking, receiving, and processing.


Regularly communicate with Clients to facilitate sample receiving and for completion of required documentation, labelling, and storage, and disposition of samples. Work with the laboratory and operational personnel to establish and maintain cost center re-order and inventory management systems.  Assure that critical components are ordered sufficiently in advance to allow for on-time project initiation and uninterrupted testing.  Manage inventory for routine consumables and specialty reagents. Track and analyze inventory turnover to maximize efficiency of ordering.  Utilize and improve systems for managing inventory in lab-based refrigerators and freezers.  Ensure that lab-related refuse is discarded according to SOPs and any applicable regulations. Provide coverage for Shipping and Receiving on the loading dock.  Establish procedures for assuring the orderly management and control of inventory items such as critical components, and client materials.  Perform data entry into SamplePro (or alternative) and the inventory control system.  Proficient use of SciQuest order placement system and SAP resource management system.  Maintain exact and detailed documentation appropriate to the function, including training records.  Contact vendors to resolve any incorrect or damaged items that are received or return the shipment.  Arrange inventory in an orderly fashion, conducive to proper safeguarding and record keeping. Comply with inventory requisition systems, forms, and documentation.


The following are minimum requirements related to the Laboratory Operations Technician I position.

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in scientific discipline preferred
  • Minimum 1 to 3 years related experience in a laboratory
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Work independently under minimal supervision.  Knowledge of GMPs/GLPs preferred.
  • Regularly handle tools and controls and must be able to feel objects,lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, frequently bend, sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch and works with bio-hazardous material, sharp objects and with or near hazardous chemicals. 
  • May have exposure to potential chemical, electrical, biological and waste-handling hazards.


About Biologics Testing Solutions

With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs.  Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.


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 14,000 employees within 80 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 2018, revenue increased by 22% to $2.27 billion from $1.86 billion in 2017.


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 2018.


Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet. 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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