Research Scientist -- Charles River -- Posted November 23, 2015

Research Scientist -- Charles River 

Location: Horsham, PA

JOB SUMMARY: Serve as a scientist and study director in the conduct of preclinical reproductive and developmental toxicology (DART) research studies of moderate to high complexity.  


  • Perform responsibilities as a Study Director for regulatory, exploratory, and investigative reproductive toxicology studies, including study design and protocol development, as well as data evaluation and reporting in a GLP environment.
  • Function independently as a study director in compliance with GLP regulations.   Serve as a key contributor and a specialty area expert in reproductive and developmental toxicology, preferably with a strong background in physiology, anatomy, embryology and/or embryo-fetal development.
  • Function independently as a single point of contact for the planning, execution, management, and reporting of preclinical studies. 
  • Coordinate all phases of the study planning process with appropriate departments and Test Sites. 
  • Implement new approaches, processes, technologies as part of DART evaluations.
  • Generate high-quality protocols, amendments and reports.
  • Review, interpret, integrate and present data on assigned studies. 
  • Provide technical and scientific guidance to the research staff.
  • Review reports for peers as needed.
  • Attend scientific meetings, conferences and training courses to enhance job and professional skills. 
  • May supervise research and/or scientific staff, as appropriate, for scope of responsibilities.


Education:  Bachelor’s degree (B.S./B.A.) or equivalent in a scientific related discipline.  Masters or Ph.D. in Toxicology, Developmental Biology, Pharmacology, Physiology, or similar field strongly preferred. 


  • Must have expertise in reproduction and/or embryo-fetal development with 2 to 5 years’ post-degree experience as an investigator or study director. 
  • Acknowledged professional expertise and reputation at the regional/national level, as evidenced by published record, professional meeting presentations, participation in review and input of regulatory guidances, and/or professional honors.
  • In vivo laboratory experience required.  Ability to work in matrixed environment, across multiple disciplines and departments, managing multiple projects simultaneously. Effective written and verbal communication skills required. 


  • Thorough understanding of GLP regulatory requirements, and various DART testing guidelines. 
  • Knowledge of standard operating and IACUC procedures.  Demonstrated leadership skills, experience with client interactions and business development. 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, prioritize work and meet deadlines. 
  • Proficiency in the use of standard software including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc. and with standard laboratory calculations.


Preclinical Services Pennsylvania (PCS-PA), our Horsham, Pennsylvania location, was opened in 1979 under the name of Argus Research Laboratories and became part of Charles River in 2001. We specialize in Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology (DART) Juvenile Toxicology, Neurobehavioral Toxicology, Phototoxicology and Cellular Therapeutic Safety.  The internationally-recognized scientists at this facility have unmatched expertise in DART and Phototoxicology and the facility is rapidly developing recognition for its capabilities in Cellular Therapeutic safety Evaluations.  Horsham also holds the most extensive DART historical control database available in the industry. 

Horsham is ideally located just north of historic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and its many historic attractions, sports activities, colleges and universities, concerts and shopping.  We are just a couple of hours drive to Pennsylvania’s mountains and the beaches of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland and, via car or Amtrak, to New York City and Washington, D.C.


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