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Scientist, Molecular Biologist/Analytical Method Development

Charles River Laboratories
Rockville, Maryland, US
Closing date
Jan 24, 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.

IMPORTANT: In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process. Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.

Job Summary

The Scientist, Molecular Biologist/Analytical Method Development (AMD) is responsible for release testing and test method optimization, transfer, and qualification with an emphasis on molecular biology methods.

Job Qualifications

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attain status as in-house SME in Q-PCR, ddPCR, RT-PCR and ELISA, especially for gene therapy purposes.
  • Able to work independently in designing, developing, and executing new test methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to rigorously analyze and interpret data.
  • Ability to support multiple projects concurrently.
  • Strong organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
  • Effective in mentoring junior staff.
  • Conduct literature searches and design, develop, and execute method development in a breadth of gene therapy supporting test methods, especially AAV.
  • Support qualification, validation, comparability, and transfer of test methods.
  • Author and review method development reports, SOPs, protocols, reports (all documents pertaining to analytical methods).
  • Provide testing support for Quality Control as needed (qualified to execute test methods in a GMP setting).
  • Contribute to building a culture of continuous learning/improvement, and innovation.
  • Other responsibilities as required.

Qualifications for the Job

• Ph.D. or equivalent experience with post-doctoral/industry experience in Molecular Biology in a Quality Control Testing laborator.
  • Team-player
  • Maintain current awareness and contribute to current scientific literature and actively apply new concepts and technologies.
  • Knowledge and working experience in viral gene therapy vectors, especially AAV.

IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV.

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 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.

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