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Laboratory Scientist

Req ID:  42935

Tranent, ELN, GB

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

Performs technical laboratory activities in support of client studies or procedures. Performs analysis of data for quality and completeness and determines if results are as expected. Records data in compliance with company and regulatory policies and standards to meet quality and accuracy requirements.


We are seeking a Laboratory Scientist for our Biologics group located in Tranent (close to Edinburgh). This role will initially be based in Tranent however at some point in 2019 the role will move to Heriot Watt University Research Park.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To set up a new 3500xL Genetic Analyser for DNA Sequencing
  • To use the Analyser for routine testing of recombinant microbial and mammalian cell banks to Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)
  • To design primer sets and analyse data using associated software
  • Compilation of data and write reports
  • Train staff in the use of the Analyser and associated software
  • Compile deviations and any associated documentation related to equipment functionality as required


The following are minimum requirements related to the Laboratory Scientist position

  • A biomedical, biology,  or biochemistry related degree or equivalent
  • Practical experience using the 3500xL Genetic Analyser or similar capilary machine
  • Experience with molecular or microbial  techniques and instrumentation
  • Some experience of GMP would be preferred although training will be provided

Salary banding for this position is £27339 - £32340.  Successful candidates will be appointed to the bottom of the pay band however  where the candidate has relevant equivalent experience, this will be taken into consideration.


Closing Date: 27 March 2019

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 characterzation, 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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