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Principal Scientist 1, Discovery Services

Charles River Laboratories
Worcester County, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Jan 15, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
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Full time
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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 a Principal Scientist 1 for our Discovery site located Worcester, MA

We are seeking a highly-motivated individual with extensive hands-on experience in developing small molecule bioanalytical assays by LC-MS/MS to join our discovery bioanalytical team. The scientist will be responsible for method development and execution of quantitative assays, critical review of data, mentoring junior staff, and maintaining analytical equipment. Individuals in this role will also serve as primary point of communication with the clients. The scientist is expected to work independently to deliver high-quality non-GLP data in a fast-paced environment.

The successful candidate in this position will have:

  • A solid understanding of analytical approaches and experience of LC-MS bioanalysis.
  • Experience in extraction and analysis of biological samples, data generation, review of results and scientific presentation
  • Excellent scientific communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with colleagues at various levels
  • Attention to detail and the ability to critically analyze and verify data prior to data release
  • Exceptional method development and assay troubleshooting skills
  • Technical proficiency in operation of analytical instrumentation including chromatography and mass spectrometry systems.

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Principal Scientist 1 position:

Education: Bachelor's degree (B.S./B.A.) or equivalent in a scientific related discipline. Related Master's degree (M.S./M.A.) or Ph.D. preferred.
Experience: Minimum of 7 years related experience in the contract research, academic, or pharmaceutical industry.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
Certification/Licensure: Certification as appropriate for specialty preferred.
Other: Full understanding of regulatory requirements of study types assigned, as well as Testing Facility SOPs, as appropriate. Knowledge of applicable international guidelines for all types of studies. Demonstrate leadership skills as they pertain to intra- and interdepartmental initiatives, Sponsor interactions, and business development. Effective written and verbal communication skills. Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work and meet deadlines. Proficiency in the use of standard software including Microsoft® Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. and analytical instrumentation software.

Vaccine Mandate
Charles River is a U.S. Federal Contractor. As a result, we must follow the Presidential Executive Order to mandate vaccinations, and ensure our employees are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December 8, 2021. Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We will be requiring proof of vaccination from all employees.

Anyone with requests for disability-related and/or religious exemptions should contact Talent Acquisition ( so that information can be provided about the accommodation process at Charles River.

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.
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