Research Associate I

Charles River Laboratories - Shrewsbury, MA (30+ days ago)3.6

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.

We are seeking an experienced Research Associate I – Analytical for our Biologics group located in Shrewsbury, MA.

In this position, the Research Associate I assist Supervisor and other scientific staff by working independently on client-specific experimental design, moderately complex professional tasks, report development, quality control, and research. Perform and support laboratory experiments, test, and procedures within accepted regulatory compliance (cGMP) for the characterization and analysis of biotherapeutics through use of analytical testing and characterization instrumentation and methodologies. Prioritize work and meet deadlines within a cGMP environment. Efficiently organize and plan daily activities and provide technical guidance and training to less experienced technicians. Assist in the monitoring of key project events. Troubleshoot unexpected/invalid results, prioritize workload and solve moderately complex problems. Make detailed observations and accurately and precisely record data. Summarize data for complex reports. Assist in the writing of complex departmental documents as directed by Supervisor or Manager.

Also, perform routine testing techniques such as the following with a high degree of reliability, efficiency and accuracy:

Chromatographic Analyses (UPLC/HPLC)
Capillary Electrophoresis
SDS-PAGE/Western blot
Total protein concentration
Residual water determination (Karl Fisher)
other analytical methods

The following are minimum requirements related to the Research Associate I – Analytical position.

Bachelor’s degree (B.A. /B.S.) or equivalent in Biology/Chemistry/Biotechnology or related scientific discipline.
A minimum of three years experience in bioanalytical/research laboratory is required. An equivalent combination of education and experience with contract research or the pharmaceutical industry may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
Exercise judgment within defined procedures and practices to determine appropriate action. Effective written and verbal communication skills with the ability to handle multiple projects. Capable of data interpretation of basic characterization and analysis of biotherapeutics (glycoproteins and peptides) using analytical laboratory tools and methodologies. Capable of anticipating and recognizing potential problems. Must be able to follow written and verbal instructions and possess good interpersonal skills that are conducive to effective communication.

About Biologics Testing Solutions
With more than 50 years of experience and proven regulatory expertise, the Charles River Biologics group can address challenging projects for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies worldwide. Offering a variety of services such as contamination and impurity testing, protein characterization, bioassays, viral clearance studies and stability and lot release programs, we support clients throughout the biologic development cycle, from the establishment and characterization of cell banks through preclinical and clinical studies to marketed products. Whether clients need stand-alone services, a unique package of testing, or insourced support, our Biologics group can create a custom solution to suit their needs. Each year more than 20,000 biologic testing reports are sent each and over 200 licenses products are supported by our biologics testing solutions team.