Assistant Scientist 1 1

Req ID:  97132

Tranent, GB, EH33 2NE

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

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a talented graduate to join our High Resolution LC-MS group as an Assistant Scientist 1. The position is located at our Tranent site, just outside of Edinburgh. 


The elucidation of chemical structures is a key function in the Chemistry Department at Charles River Laboratories, Edinburgh and one that is central to the full range of ADME and Environmental Fate studies that we provide to our Agrochemical, Pharmaceutical and Animal Health Care Sponsors.


The successful applicant with take responsibility for the analysis of novel drug and agrochemical metabolites formed in biological systems.  These projects require the application of selective extraction methods, chromatographic separation and application of state-of-the-art high resolution mass spectrometry. 


The following are minimum requirements related to the Assistant Scientist position:

You will be a highly organised, have an eye for detail and must have a passion for learning and delivering scientific excellence.  An awareness of Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and knowledge of wet chemistry & analytical techniques would be advantageous.  The ability to work as part of a team and to think critically to solve to solve technical and scientific challenges is required.  You will be educated to degree level in chemistry or very closely related discipline containing significant chemistry overlap.


You can expect to join a fast paced environment and one which will afford day to day variety and opportunity to learn the tasks you will undertake.  The successful candidate will join our company progression scheme during which time they will undertake both formal training courses and on the job training to facilitate personal and professional development.   


Salary for this position is £21,365.  Successful candidates will be appointed to the bottom of the pay band if they have no relevant experience.

In exceptional circumstances where the candidate has relevant equivalent experience, this will be taken into consideration.


The closing date for applications is Monday, 31 May 2021.

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 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.