Service Technician

Req ID:  223276

Tranent, GB, EH33 2NE

For 75 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 a Service Technician for our world class facilities located in Tranent.

We are a progressive and close-knit team, working hard to ensure the safety of new medicines which target life threating and debilitating diseases. We are passionate about our animals, striving to provide the best possible care with a culture of continuous improvement.

We provide all the training and support you need. A positive attitude with a good work ethic is essential, as we need reliable individuals with a good attendance record.

The following are responsibilities related to the Service Technician position:

  • Providing the animal rooms with the relevant type of caging, bottles and other relevant equipment as requested by the supervisor and in accordance with the relevant work schedule.
  • Collection and sanitisation of all animal caging, racks, bottles and associated equipment
  • Receive animal transport crates from internal/external animal suppliers and pass these onto the animal technicians.
  • Maintain stock control, order/receive general stores within the area e.g consumables, diet, bedding, etc
  • Maintain a high standard of cleanliness/tidiness and hygiene within the service areas and associated areas of each unit
  • Operate and maintain cleaning and sterilising equipment following the directions in the manual or relevant guidelines. Report immediately to engineers/animal unit manager any equipment malfunctions
  • Undertake other such tasks as will be requested by the supervisor or animal unit staff and to ensure work is conducted in a co-operative and flexible manner
  • To participate in overtime as is reasonably required to ensure the smooth running of the department.
  • Ensure a safe working environment is maintained at all times.

The following are minimum requirements related to the Service (Cage-Wash) Technician position:

  • Previous mechanical experience working with machinery is desirable.
  • Ability to work overtime including weekends and weekdays
  • Have a ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to work as part of a team

Please note this role is physically demanding, and you will be active and on your feet most of the day.

You must be fully able to make your own travel arrangements to and from work during normal working hours and for overtime hours at the weekend, evenings and early mornings.

The salary for this role is £22,707 per annum. 

The closing date is 25 June 2024.

Profile and Requirements

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 300 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.


At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.