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Associate Operations Specialist

Charles River Laboratories International Inc (CRL)

Cambridge, MA, US, 02142

Job Summary

We are seeking an Associate Operations Specialist for our Insourcing Solutions Department located in Cambridge, MA.

We offer an excellent benefits package, and the opportunity to work with an amazing team and support a research community in their research endeavors!! Position includes a $1,000 sign on bonus. 

Provide in-vivo support to clients for technical services. Perform technical training and techniques to include surgical and/or technical procedures on rodents, including dose administration, sample collection, euthanasia, necropsy, anesthesia, surgical preparation, and recovery.  Provide environmental enrichment appropriate to species and support to multiple clients lab animal facilities and technical services.

The following are responsibilities relate to the Associate Operations Specialist

  • Provides technical procedure training to less experienced staff and researchers, and provide re-training as needed.
  • Perform technical functions required by research protocols such as assist with dilution and dosing calculations;  dosing administrations (PO, SQ, IP, IM, and IN); blood collections (Tail Vain, Submandibular, Orbital Sinus, Cardiac, Submental); Necropsy, tissue and fluid collections as;  Tumor measurements, body weights, IBD and /or EAE scoring, behavioral monitoring, etc.; and Rodent telemetry and physiological recordings
  • Assist Operations Manager Provide coverage for monitor animal health and welfare while performing daily animal health observations and animal husbandry duties to include: performing daily equipment checks; providing appropriate food and water; performing cage changing and/or cage cleaning; recording animal health concerns.
  • Maintain accurate records of animal breeding, health, and housing/isolator or support areas.
  • Actively interact with research staff to provide technical assistance.

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Associate Operations Specialist position:

  • Education:  :  Associate degree (A.A./A.S.) in animal or laboratory science or related discipline.  Bachelor's (B.A./B.S.) Degree preferred.
  • Experience:  Minimum of one to two (1-2) years directly related laboratory animal experience in a laboratory animal facility.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification from AALAS preferred.

Other: Technical experience required includes rodent dosing/inoculation techniques such as PO, IV, IP, SQ and IN, Blood collection from multiple vessels or cardiac, and perfusions; Tumor measurements, body weights, IBD and EAE scoring, behavioral monitoring, etc; Rodent telemetry and physiological recordings; Necropsy, tissue and fluid collections. Ability to effectively follow verbal and written instructions and exhibit interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication and that contribute to a congenial work environment. Maintain positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a professional manner with coworkers, research staff, client and managers. Strong organization skills and attention to detail. Strong written and verbal English communication skills. Good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel. Ability to organize and prioritize multiple responsibilities and function independently, as well as within a team environment, with minimal supervision. Ability to effectively resolve problems or issues by using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices to effectively resolve problems or issues by using judgment that is consistent with standards, practices, policies, procedures, and industry regulations.

The pay range for this position is $30.00 - $34.00 USD per hour. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

About Insourcing Solutions Charles River Insourcing Solutions℠ can streamline research by delivering operational and cost efficiencies through the strategic insourcing of GMP, GLP and non-GLP research services from discovery through safety assessment. Insourcing Solutions℠ provides you with the ability to maintain control of your facility and expertise while leveraging available space.

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.


Job posted: 2023-06-25