Pre-Clinical Autopsy Supervisor/Technician

Req ID #:  215972

Stilwell, KS, US, 66085

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.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   

Job Summary

We are seeking Necropsy Team Lead to join our Integrated Toxicology (ITox) team at the Kansas City (CR-KAN) Site.  This site is the first of its kind, bridging CRL’s Discovery and Safety Assessment business units, while bringing automation to standard lead optimization toxicology study models to deliver rapid study results to our clients.  When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. This role will provide leadership on all technical activities in necropsy. Areas include supervision, scheduling, study assignment setup, database management, and gross pathology findings, while actively promoting teamwork.  The Necropsy Team Lead is expected to optimize necropsy functions to fit the integrated toxicology paradigm and provide expertise in Necropsy to other staff and visitors as needed. 

⦁    Work with the leadership team on continuous optimization opportunities within Necropsy and across the site
⦁    Oversee site necropsy procedures to ensure they are standardized, performed consistently, and recorded correctly
⦁    Work within a high paced environment, requiring transparency and excellent communication skills
⦁    Strong leadership qualities including an “agile” mindset; understanding, collaborating, learning, and staying flexible to achieve high-performing results
⦁    Assist in the review of necropsy raw data
⦁    Confirm necropsy observations
⦁    Promote teamwork within the necropsy department and between other departments
⦁    Ensure accurate, high-quality work, and adherence to departmental policies, practices, and procedures [including SOPs, BOPs, safety procedures and biosafety protocols]
⦁    Ensure Necropsy scheduling is transparent across the team, including weekday and weekend necropsy laboratory assignments
⦁    Communicate scheduling needs effectively and consistently to the team, confirming team member expectations are clear and understood
⦁    Assist/provide input to supervisor/manager regarding personnel management activities such as: scheduling, training, and development, providing regular direction and feedback on performance
⦁    Train staff on necropsy related activities
⦁    Ensure tissues slides, and blocks are packed, archived, and shipped according to protocol Act as floor support during necropsy; troubleshoot delays, communicate with Clinical Pathology, In Life, Histology, and other departments to provide timely necropsy starts
⦁    Attend site team meetings to confirm necropsy procedures
⦁    May occasionally work weekend/holidays and/or rotating on-call schedule
⦁    Perform other related duties as assigned

Job Qualifications

⦁   Education and experience: HS/GED with 5 or more years of relevant experience; Bachelor’s degree in a science-related field with 3 or more years small and large animal necropsy experience; contract research organization experience preferred.
⦁    Experience:  3 or more years of small and large animal necropsy experience preferred 
⦁    An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above
⦁    Certification/Licensure:  ALAT, LAT or LATg certification preferred 
⦁    Other:  Good communication, time management and leadership skills  Must be able to meet all requirements and competencies of a Necropsy Technician III

⦁    Employees must be able to lift, move, manipulate, and/or hold heavy objects up to and including 50 pounds; this includes work materials, equipment, and/or animals
⦁    Must be able to perform laboratory procedures, which require, talking, hearing, standing, or sitting for long periods of time, entering data into a computer, using appropriate instruments, reaching with hands and arms, working in narrow spaces, and wearing safety equipment (PPE) according to OSHA regulations and company standards
⦁    Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus

⦁    Works in a research laboratory environment, which requires use of sharp objects, working around mechanical parts, working with or near known or unknown toxic or caustic chemicals and/or biological hazards, exposure to fumes and airborne particles, working at noise levels ranging from quiet to moderately noisy

The pay range for this position is $25/hour+.  Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.”

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

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 120 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 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.


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