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Charles River

Primate Laboratory Technologist

Post Date:Apr 16, 2018Type:Full-Time
Start Date:4/16/2018Salary:
Location:US-TX-Houston Job Reference:35641
  • Education:  High school diploma or General Education Degree (G.E.D.).

  • Experience:  5-6 years related experience in a laboratory animal facility or AALAS Assistant Laboratory Animal Technician (ALAT) certification and 4-5 years experience in a laboratory animal facility or AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician (LAT) certification and 3-4 years experience in a laboratory animal facility, or AALAS Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) certification and one year of experience in a laboratory animal facility.

  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
  • Certification/Licensure:  AALAS certification preferred.


  • Employees 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 animals.
  • Must be able to frequently firmly hold animals while utilizing fine motor skills. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Job Description:
About the Company:

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.

Our collective efforts as One Charles River are the key to our success, and we know that every person is important. Every day, each of us plays a critical role in making a difference in the quality of people's lives.

 From our animal technicians and security guards to our business managers and executive team, we’re working together to support better, safer and more effective research. 

Under minimal supervision, collect, process, pack and ship biological samples needed for client requested biospecimens or pre-screening of animals for future shipments.  Coordinate and/or perform supply preparation and sample collection procedures in order to ensure an efficient process and timely delivery of shipments to meet customer requests. Responsible for laboratory animal care.

  • Routinely handle, and restrain Non-Human Primates as required to collect biological samples.
  • Perform and demonstrate proficiency in nonhuman primate blood and other biological sample collection as well as medication administration.
  • Collect samples for references labs as well as in house lab. 
  • Maintain accurate departmental and specified customer record keeping.
  • Observe animals and report illnesses or behavioral abnormalities when performing technical procedures.
  • Prepare sample collection tubes as needed according to schedule, and receive, arrange, process and track test samples.
  • Pre-draw medications as required according to schedule. 
  • Enter orders in the departmental Laboratory Testing Management system or external lab sample submission system.
  • Enter data into electronic animal medical record system as applicable.
  • Assist in prioritizing and coordinating departmental testing schedules.
  • Coordinate and schedule lab activities in conjunction with veterinary, supervisory, administrative and husbandry staff as needed.
  • Perform packing/shipping of samples and/or animals to customers, as needed.
  • Understand and comply with all SOPs pertaining to specific area.  Provide input into the creation/ revision of SOPs and assist in implementation and training of new SOPs.
  • Adhere to and be familiar with the Department of Transportation (DOT), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC) regulations associated with the receipt, transfer, distribution, processing and packing of biological samples and/or animals.
  • Assist with lab supply inventory management including stocking of supplies using first in first out process.

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