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Charles River Laboratories Lab Assistant I, Bioanalytical Chemistry in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

Lab Assistant I, Bioanalytical Chemistry

Req ID #: 222931


Shrewsbury, MA, US, 01545

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

Perform basic laboratory support and record-keeping tasks. Support the functions of the Laboratory Sciences department.


• Receive, monitor, and maintain inventory and stock levels of assigned areas.

• Operate lab equipment and perform routine maintenance as needed.

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

• 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 tubes and perform laboratory set-up/clean-up.

• Organize and perform inventory of department refrigerators or freezers.

• Assist in the archiving of equipment/facility records.

• Assist technical personnel with clerical duties (e.g., filing, making copies, shipments set-up etc.).

• May record observations and measurements for basic lab/research task.

• Perform limited troubleshooting and maintenance of instruments as appropriate for assigned area.

• May generate forms, tables, and hand record data.

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

• Ship, store, and document received supplies (e.g., test articles, bio-hazard boxes, dry ice, reagents, etc.)

• Assist technical personnel with laboratory supplies expiry check and discard as needed.

• Perform all other related duties as assigned.

The pay range for this position is between $19.00 and $21.00 an hour. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

Job Qualifications


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

• Experience: None.

• An equivalent combination of education and experience may 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.


• Employees must be able to regularly lift, move, or manipulate heavy objects up to and including 50 pounds; this includes work materials, equipment, and/or supplies.

• Must be able to perform procedures, which require standing or sitting for long periods of time.

• Must be able to regularly move about the facility to access file cabinets, office machinery, and other buildings.

• Regularly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

• Regularly uses laboratory instruments.

• Must be able to work in narrow spaces.

• Must be able to wear safety equipment (PPE), as needed, according to OSHA regulations and company standards.

• Must be able to regularly stoop, bend, kneel, stand, or reach up with hands and arms to manipulate objects on shelves from one and one-half to six and one-half feet above the floor on a repetitive basis each day.

• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

• Must be able to communicate with employees, exchanging accurate information.

• Must regularly move about inside the facility to access supplies which may require going up and down stairs.


• Works in a research environment, which requires use of sharp objects, working around mechanical parts, working with or near known or unknown toxic or caustic chemicals and/or biological hazards, exposure to fumes and airborne particles, working at noise levels ranging from moderate to loud.

• The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to moderate depending upon the task being performed.


• This position requires overtime, weekend, holiday, and/or after hours shift coverage as needed.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

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 [email protected] . 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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