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Research Associate I - Analytical Development

Req ID #:  41868

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 Research Associate I – Analytical Development for our Biologics group currently located in Woburn, MA but due to growth will be relocating to Shrewsbury, MA in Q2 2019.


The Research Associate I will assist Supervisor and other scientific staff by using HPLC, SDS-PAGE, CE, ELISA and other analytical techniques for characterization and analysis of Pharmaceutical and Biologics products.  They will be expected to work independently on a range of routine testing and novel analytical method development.

  • Perform and write reports on analytical lab work with high accuracy, attention to detail and consistency.
  • Demonstrate an aptitude for analytical chemistry and a desire to learn, develop, and contribute more.
  • Successfully use analytical instrumentation; troubleshoot instrumentation and methodological problems. 
  • Perform analytical work to the standards required for both R+D and cGMP work
  • Interact by written communication with clients through the timely generation of high-quality technical reports, accurately summarizing work performed, and precisely tailored to meet client requests.
  • Assist Supervisor and other scientific staff with verbal communication with clients, e.g. via face-to-face interactions or technical teleconference.
  • Efficiently organize and plan daily activities and provide technical guidance and training to less experienced technicians.
  • Collaborate and work closely with project management and other colleagues in sharing of resources, on-time delivery of results, and in managing project timelines effectively.
  • Demonstrate focus and ownership over projects and take initiative to resolve or appropriately escalate technical and operational bottlenecks to success.
  • Assist in the writing of complex documents such as test methods, protocols, technical reports, etc, as directed by Supervisor or Manager.
  • Perform technical review of documents, reports and data.
  • Work with Quality Assurance to address documentation and compliance observations and to complete reports.


The following are minimum requirements related to the Research Associate I – Analytical Development position.

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry, Biology, Chemical Engineering or related discipline.
  • 3-5 years analytical/research laboratory experience required, preferably in a Pharmaceutical, Biotechnological, or CRO environment.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Demonstrated strong technical writing, oral communication and organizational skills desired.  Strong computer skills, problem solving and attention to detail.  Must be proficient in the use of current software tools utilized in the Analytical Development department.  Familiarity with data management required.  Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; use analytical equipment; talk or hear; and type at a computer.  Frequently is required to walk or sit and occasionally stoop or kneel.  Must occasionally lift and/or move up move up to 25 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.  May have exposure to potential chemical, electrical, biological and waste-handling hazard.  The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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 80% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2017.


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Equal Employment Opportunity

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


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