Research Analyst I Automation

at Charles River Laboratories in Skokie, Illinois, United States

Job Description

Research Analyst I Automation

Req ID #: 217502


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 performing basic to moderately complex laboratory work through the use of automated equipment, in collaboration with departmental staff.


• Performs analysis of moderately complex laboratory assays, using and in conjunction with automated equipment, based on protocols and in compliance with SOPs and GLP regulations.

• Record project data in accordance with GLP regulations and complete any related corrections.

• Acts as the Instrument Monitor for automated liquid handling equipment.

• Assists with maintaining, organizing, and ordering supplies needed for automation projects

• Assists with keeping automation areas within the laboratory clean and in compliance with SOPs and GLP regulations. Complete weekly lab cleanliness responsibilities.

• Set up basic laboratory equipment and instrumentation with guidance from senior staff.

• Perform simple Watson activities such as requesting and transferring of material.

• With guidance, drafts facility and study deviations.

• With guidance, completes weekend coating form and ensures Test Article (TA)/Buffers/Reagents are available for use.

• With guidance, performs method transfer experiments

• May assist with preparing study binders and TA transfers at start of projects.

• Draft memos and order reagents with assistance.

• May have the opportunity to attend study kick off meetings & review meeting slides/notes.

• Run specialized assay on plate readers with minimal guidance on templates and data regression

• Follow plate map and create simple sample analysis plate maps with guidance.

• Adhere to current Health and Safety regulations.

• Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Hourly role $26.44/hour.

Job Qualifications


• Education: Bachelor’s Degree (B.S./B.A) or equivalent in a scientific related discipline.

• Experience: At least two years related laboratory experience, preferably in a pharmaceutical or contract laboratory environment.

• 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: Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving capabilities. Understanding of regulatory requirements of study types assigned, as well as Testing Facility SOPs and the Good Laboratory Practices (GLPs), as appropriate. Written and verbal communication skills. Ability to prioritize work and meet deadlines. Proficiency in the use of standard software including Microsoft® Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. and with standard laboratory calculations.


• While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to talk, hear; work/type at a computer; record data by hand or at a computer terminal; and walk and/or stand for up to 75% of the workday.

• Must be able to perform procedures, standing or sitting, for long periods of time, 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.

• Must be able to regularly provide information to and receive information from/through various technologies, media, sources and contacts. Must be able to accurately exchange information in these situations.

• Regularly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer.

• Move about inside the work area to access file cabinets, office machinery, etc.

• 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.

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

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 [email protected] This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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Job Posting: JC240523657

Posted On: May 19, 2023

Updated On: Jun 17, 2023

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