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Charles River Laboratories Lab Assistant 1 Necropsy/Histology in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Lab Assistant 1 Necropsy/Histology

Req ID #: 101911


Shrewsbury, MA, US, 01545

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 aLab Assistant 1for ourSafety Assessmentsite located inShrewsbury, MA.

TheLab Assistant 1will perform basic laboratory and record-keeping tasks. Support the functions of the in-life, necropsy and formulation/analytical groups.

The following are the responsibilities related to theLab Assistant 1:

  • Wash and dry glassware and distribute to appropriate locations within the laboratory. Keep glass-washing area clean and organized. May sterilize glassware and other items using an autoclave.

  • Label collection tubes and perform laboratory set-up/clean-up (e.g., dusting, mopping floors, emptying & filling feed jars, etc.).

  • Perform basic husbandry duties such as liner changes or filling of feed jars.

  • Verify and record the temperature of assigned refrigerators or freezers.

  • Assist in the acrhiving of study-specific samples (e.g. back-up formulations, biological liquids or animal tissues).

  • Assist in preparing for animal arrivals. This may include preparing cages (attaching water lines, feed jars, cage tag holders), ensuring sippers work, ensuring cages are appropriate for species being housed and placing cage tags on the holders.

  • Process biological samples (e.g. plasma, serum, whole blood, urine, etc.) for possible analysis.

  • Assist technical personnel with clerical duties (e.g., filing, making copies, cage tags, etc.).

  • Monitor and maintain inventory and stock assigned areas (e.g. PPE Stations, 1st aid boxes).

  • May record observations and measurements for basic lab/research task (e.g. behavioral evaluations).

  • Handle, restrain, and transfer small to medium size animals from one location to another.

  • Operate basic lab equipment and perform routine maitenance as needed.

  • Perform limited troubleshooting and calibration of instruments as appropriate for assigned areas.

  • May be responsible for preparing simple lab solutions (e.g., buffers, media/common vehicles, bleach, and eye wash).

  • May generate reports, master data sheets, forms and hand record data.

  • Perform all tasks in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (GLPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Transport via comapny vehicles (truck, golf cart or car) supplies to multiple buildings (e.g. test articles, bio-hazard boxes, dry ice, reagents, etc.).

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

The following are the minimum requirements related to theLab Assistant 1position:

  • Education:High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.).

  • Experience:None

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience my be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

  • Certification/Licensure:Must have valid, state-issued, driver's license.

  • Other:Must be detail-oriented and have general familiarity with lab procedures. Good verbal communication skills required. Basic computer skills; familiarity with Microsoft Office software.

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 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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