Surgery & Efficacy – Surgeon

Company: Charles River Labs
Position Type: Full Time
Work location: On-Site
Job Type: Research & Development
Degree: Bachelors
Experience: 6-10 years
Industry: Clinical Research
Location: Mattawan, Michigan, United States

Job Description

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

We are seeking a Surgical Scientist for our Surgery & Efficacy department, site located in Mattawan, MI.

A Surgical Scientist is responsible for supporting the Surgery and Efficacy department by performing major and minor surgical procedures, including model development, study set-up, procedure completion, post-operative follow-up; and for providing mentorship and training to Associate Scientists and staff. The individual in this role may supervise others and may also function in the role of a Contributing Scientist or Principal Investigator, responsible for the development of applicable protocols/plans in accordance with study-specific procedures, company standard operating procedures (SOPs), industry regulatory guidelines, and budgetary guidelines as business/scientific needs require.

Job Qualifications

The following are minimum qualifications related to the Surgical Scientist position:

Education: Graduate of a collegiate veterinary technology program accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Training Activities, equivalent program in veterinary technology, or Veterinary degree (D.V.M./V.M.D.) or international equivalent

Experience: 5+ years related experience working with animals in a pre-clinical laboratory or clinical setting; experience working in a CRO with multi-species preferred.
Equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute of above.

Certification/Licensure: SRS certification from the Academy of Surgical Research or equivalent required: AALAS certification at LAT or higher level preferred.

Other: Must have demonstrated surgical expertise with a variety of animal species with a focus on non-human primates, rodents, rabbits, pigs, and small ruminants. Experience working in a regulatory controlled environment, adhering to SOPs.

Experience in a GLP environment preferred. Excellent organizational skills, especially with time management and record keeping. Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to lead independently. Must be proficient in the use of computers. Must be able to work independently. Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.

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. Our main priority is the wellbeing, health, and safety of our people. We require 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 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 120 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 18,000 employees within 100 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 >80% of the drugs approved by the FDA for the past 3 years.

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.

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