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Senior Research Scientist - General Toxicology

Charles River Laboratories
Mattawan, MI
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Jan 18, 2022

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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 Senior Research Scientist for the General Toxicology Study Director team located in Mattawan, MI.

A Senior Research Scientist serving as a study director (SD) is responsible for overseeing study conduct of preclinical efficacy and/or toxicology studies assigned by test facility management (TFM) within safety assessment; overseeing protocols/study plans; coordinating with technical teams for execution of studies, including establishing study schedules, verifying that standard operating procedures (SOPs) are available and adhered to, overseeing data recording and reporting, and verifying that regulatory requirements/expectations are met. The individual in this role is an established key scientist in at least one area of expertise, with experience in different areas/disciplines and interprets preclinical toxicity studies, evaluates and prepares reports from the data collected during these studies, communicates with sponsor representatives, and initiates contact with potential clients. May be involved with development of new technologies/procedures and is required to manage departmental and procedural projects contributing to company growth (scientific and capabilities).

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Senior Research Scientist position:

  • Bachelor's/Master's/PhD/PharmD/DVM/MD degree or equivalent in Toxicology, Pharmacology or a related discipline; with 8 or more years of related industry experience. Meets expectations related to essential duties and responsibilities of Research Scientist 2 and has gained experience in more than one area/discipline. DABT desired.
  • Experience working with neurological surgical models is preferred.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of: study/project costs and impact of changes, local and international regulations and GLPs as they relate to clients' products, study process from proposal to report, quality assurance (QA)/quality control (QC) processes, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) process, and the SD role in animal welfare,
  • Demonstrated ability to: anticipate and recognize potential problems within programs and effectively communicate alternatives to clients and a meaningful fashion; and effectively communicate with veterinary staff and internal/external clients in a manner that generates confidence and builds trust.
  • Strong communications skills, verbally and in writing at all levels inside and outside the organization.
  • Basic familiarity with Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Computer skills, commensurate with Essential Functions, including the ability to learn a validated system.
  • Ability to work extended hours beyond normal work schedule to include, but not limited to evenings, weekends, extended shifts, and/or extra shifts; sometimes on short notice.
  • Ability to work under specific time constraints.

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.
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