Service Technician

Req ID:  78271

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

We are seeking an experienced 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:

  • Collection and sanitisation of all animal caging, racks, bottles and associated equipment
  • Receive animal transport crates from internal/external animal suppliers and pass through to 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 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

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

The salary for this position is £17,597.93.

The closing date for this position will be Friday, 30 October 2020.


About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


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 17,000 employees within 90 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 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.


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 2019.