Research Associate 1 - InVivo

Req ID #:  131763

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

Charles River Laboratories is seeking a Research Associate 1 for our In Vivo Technical Operations Team within our Safety Assessment site in Shrewsbury, MA.   

The Research Associate will organize, supervise, and coordinate all study related activities.  Oversee and guide technical staff.  Communicate with study directors, management, and clients to facilitate high quality study and program execution.  Develop and implement study outlines calendars and monitor study conduct for adherence to all SOP’s, regulations, BOP’s and scientific quality standards.  Act as a liaison between scientific and technical staff.

Responsibilities include but not limited to:

  • Monitor assigned scientific studies projects to provide high quality study execution.
  • Coordinates with scientific staff, management, team leaders, study schedulers and technical staff to ensure high levels of scientific integrity and animal welfare for all studies.
  • Act as the principal study liaison for coordination of study conduct between other groups and departments (e.g., clinical pathology, necropsy, etc.)
  • Monitor study protocols, amendments, and study communication to ensure technical staff are kept appraised of any changes to study activities and cooperate with team leaders, primary technicians, and supervisors to ensure activities are properly conducted.
  • Review all data during study execution and perform a final technical review prior to archiving study data or supplying to the sponsor.
  • Provide training and guidance to technical staff on study execution.

Job Qualifications

  • Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in life sciences or related discipline or Associate’s degree (A.A./A.S.) and a minimum of four years of relevant work experience.   
  • Experience:  Two years of related experience in an in vivo research environment with GLP experience preferred.  Expertise with research and experimental procedures, techniques and literature required 
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted in lieu of the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification at the Laboratory Animal Technologist level (LAT) preferred.

About Safety Assessment
Charles River is committed to helping our partners expedite their preclinical drug development with exceptional safety assessment services, state-of-the-art facilities and expert regulatory guidance. From individual specialty toxicology and IND enabling studies to tailored packages and total laboratory support, our deeply experienced team can design and execute programs that anticipate challenges and avoid roadblocks for a smooth, efficient journey to market.  Each year approximately 300 investigational new drug (IND) programs are conducted in our Safety Assessment facilities.


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.


Equal Employment Opportunity

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


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