Charles River Laboratories Lab Assistant I in Skokie, Illinois

Lab Assistant I

Req ID #: 39971


Skokie, IL, US

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.

Job Summary

We are seeking at Lab Assistant I for our Safety Assessment group, site located in Skokie, IL.

Performs technical laboratory activities in support of client studies or procedures. Performs analysis of data for quality and completeness and determines if results are as expected. Records data in compliance with company and regulatory policies and standards to meet quality and accuracy requirements.


  • Record observations and measurements and report results for basic to moderately complex lab/research tasks.

  • Review data recorded by others for quality control.

  • Assist technical personnel with clerical duties (e.g., filing, making copies, etc.).

  • Label collection tubes and perform laboratory set-up/clean-up.

  • Wash and dry glassware and distribute to appropriate locations within the laboratory. Keep glass-washing area clean and organized. May sterilize glassware and other items using an autoclave.

  • Assist with receipt and tracking of study specific reagents and materials.

  • Operate basic to moderately complex lab equipment and perform routine maintenance as needed.

  • Perform limited troubleshooting and calibration of instruments as appropriate for assigned area.

  • Monitor inventory and stock assigned areas.

  • May prepare materials and data for routine shipment and archiving.

  • May be responsible for preparing simple lab solutions (e.g., buffers, media/common vehicles).

  • May generate reports, data, and forms.

  • Perform all tasks in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice Regulations (GLPs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


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

  • Experience: 2-4 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.

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 13,000 employees within 80 facilities in 23 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 in 2017.

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Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/Disabled/Vet