Share this Job

Research Associate I - Analytical Services

Req ID #:  40832

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 Services for our Biologics team currently located in Woburn, MA but relocating to Shrewsbury, MA in Q2/Q3 of 2019.


A Research Associate I will assist Supervisor and other scientific staff by working independently on client-specific experimental design, moderately complex professional tasks, report development, quality control, and research.

  •  Interact with clients to assist in creating unique experimental designs specific to new projects.
  •  Assist with client communication and project tracking and coordination.
  • Efficiently organize and plan daily activities and provide technical guidance and training to less experienced technicians.
  • Assist in the monitoring of key project events.
  •  Perform a variety of analytical laboratory experiments, tests and procedures following well-defined techniques and guidelines, including Electrophoretic, Immunochemistry Chromatographic and Residual/Excipient analyses.
  •  Troubleshoot unexpected/invalid results, prioritize workload and solve moderately complex problems.
  • Make detailed observations and accurately and precisely record data.  Summarize data for complex reports.
  •  Assist in the writing of complex departmental documents as directed by Supervisor or Manager.
  • Prepare protocols and amendments if applicable.
  • Review departmental procedures for accuracy of scope of work prior to initiation.
  • Prepare Excel or Word tables for data evaluation.
  • Provide quality control review of documents, reports and data.
  •  Work with Quality Assurance to respond to audits and complete reports. 
  • Maintain a safe working environment by adhering to company policies and procedures.
  • Follow all SOPs, STMs and cGMP guidelines as they relate to specific tasks.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


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


  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A./B.S.) or equivalent in biology or related discipline.
  • 3-5 years bioanalytical/research laboratory experience required.
  • 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 Services department.  Familiarity with data management required.  Able to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; use a microscope and other analytical equipment; talk or hear; and type at a computer.
  • The employee frequently is required to walk or sit and occasionally stoop or kneel.
  • The employee 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.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee 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.


For more information, please visit


Equal Employment Opportunity

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


Nearest Major Market: Worcester

Job Segment: Analytics, Research Associate, Biotech, Chemical Research, Management, Research, Science, Engineering