Lab Assistant I (Molecular Biology)

at Charles River Laboratories in Skokie, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Lab Assistant I (Molecular Biology)

Req ID #: 217438 Location: Skokie, IL, US, 60077 For 75 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


Responsible for routine laboratory procedures (e.g., facility cleaning, general reagent preparation, maintenance and inventory of lab supplies, basic lab support procedures, etc.), facility, and/or other administrative functions, as assigned.


• May submit purchase orders and request new vendors be added to the procurement system

• May assist with sourcing alternatives supplies/reagents if items are on backorder from a current vendor

• May perform general housekeeping activities to ensure supplies and reagents are received, inventoried and stored appropriately

• May perform laboratory administrative/organizational functions, which may include reconfiguring current storage areas for optimum efficiency and to ensure the laboratory areas are kept in an orderly manner

• May clean labs and/or facility to include possible handling of biohazard materials

• May assist with use of balances and other laboratory equipment

• May perform basic facility functions

• May perform administrative functions in various departments.

• Use Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (GLP), SOP’s and company policies when performing all job functions.

• Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications


• Education: High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.) required. Associate’s degree in a science preferred.

• Experience: 0-2 years’ experience in a laboratory setting required. GLP experience preferred.

• An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.

• Certification/Licensure: None.

• Other: Must be detail-oriented and have good verbal and written communication skills. Must have intermediate computer skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office software. Able to work on assignments that are semi-routine in nature in which ability to recognize deviation from accepted practice is required. Able to receive and understand general instructions on routine work and detailed instructions on new assignments.


• Employees must be able to lift, move, manipulate, and/or hold heavy objects up to and including 50 pounds; this includes work materials, equipment, and/or supplies.

• Must be able to perform procedures, which require, talking, hearing, standing or sitting for long periods of time, entering data into a computer, using appropriate instruments, reaching with hands and arms, working in narrow spaces, and wearing safety equipment (PPE) according to OSHA regulations and company standards.

• Must be able to frequently hold and manipulate work materials while utilizing fine motor skills.

• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


• Works in a research environment, which requires use of sharp objects, working around mechanical parts, working with or near known or unknown toxic or caustic chemicals and/or biological hazards, exposure to fumes and airborne particles, working at noise levels ranging from moderate to loud.

• The employee is occasionally exposed to live animals with risk of exposure to allergens, zoonotic disease, and biohazards.

• The noise level in the work environment ranges from low to moderate depending upon the task being performed.

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.

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 This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications. For more information, please visit
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Job Posting: JC240523606

Posted On: May 19, 2023

Updated On: May 26, 2023

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