Laboratory Technician 1 – Genetic Testing Services

Company Name: Charles River Laboratories

Location: Wilmington, MA, US - 01887

Job Duration: 2021-07-22 to 2021-08-21


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 Laboratory Technician I to work in our Genetic Testing Services department at our Wilmington, MA location. 

The Laboratory Technician I is responsible for the effective processing and reporting of both internal and external genotyping samples to include Taqman based PCR on 96 well and 384 well platforms.



  • Process and interpret internal and external samples by performing PCR testing (to include Taqman based PCR on 96 well and 384 well platforms).
  • Reconcile customer paperwork with submission documentation to ensure accuracy.
  • Perform DNA extraction by fast and clean methods, including use of automation.
  • Learn to effectively organize and batch commercial and internal samples via extraction method or testing parameters as needed.
  • Use and maintain department equipment with assistance from senior staff.
  • Make detailed observations and maintain documentation of all laboratory work.
  • Analyze data and report testing results with respect to department turnaround time.
  • Document results to include creating orders and results data entry into laboratory database in a timely fashion. 
  • Process samples according to departmental SOPs.
  • Work in a structured and regulated environment.
  • Work productively in group situations as well as independently.
  • Assist in reporting departmental exceptions to management or designee as instructed. 
  • Share responsibility for departmental housekeeping and adherence to established safety procedures. 
  • Responsible for proficiency in all related department SOP’s, with general knowledge of the laboratory processes.
  • Maintain up to date training records on all procedures and protocols applicable to work duties. 
  • Adhere to all departmental SOPs, policies, safety procedures and protocols. 
  • Remain organized in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.




  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) or equivalent in biological sciences or related discipline. 
  • Technical experience working in a Pharmaceutical, Biotech or Contract Research Organization, or laboratory environment.  
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Strong organization and prioritization skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Effective communication in a small group or one-on-one setting.
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite.



  • Fundamental knowledge of Mendelian genetics and PCR.
  • Knowledge of molecular techniques.
  • Experience operating typical laboratory equipment (specifically pipettes, thermocyclers and spectrophotometer).



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. 

About Research Models & Services 
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond. 

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 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 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. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

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 ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/Disabled/Vet.

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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