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For 75 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.

The role

Are you a science graduate looking for their first role in industry? Are you already a technician in a lab and want to learn more and new things? Do you have or do you want to develop an understanding of microarray technology and cell culture techniques? The Core Technology team at our High Peak site are excited to be recruiting for a tTechnician to support production of Retrogenix Technology microarray slides.

The High Peak, UK facility is a specialist biotechnology site with proprietary Cell Microarray Technology located in the heart of the UK’s Peak District national park. This site provides unique receptor ID/off-target screening services to accelerate, inform, and improve the safety of the discovery and pre-clinical development process for clients. We are recognized as leading technology within the biotherapeutic field.

What you'll be doing

  • Assist in the production of microarray slides.
  • Routine culture of established cell lines.
  • Maintain quality control procedures.
  • Assist with assay development and refinement as required.
  • Involvement in continuous improvement activities related to cell culture.
  • Assist with the organisation of equipment servicing.
  • SHE - Adhere to health and safety procedures.
  • Responsibility for the cleanliness and organisation of the Core Technology laboratory - liquid nitrogen stocks, carbon dioxide cylinders, cleaning and maintenance of the cell culture hoods, incubators, water baths, aliquoting and appropriate disposal of waste.

Skills and experience

  • Degree - relevant scientific course (e.g. Applied Biology / Applied Chemistry).
  • Industrial placement.
  • Cell culture experience.
  • Microarray Technology experience (desirable).
  • ……but full training will be given!

What we offer you

A comprehensive benefits package from day one.... including a generous pension contribution, private medical for you (and can add family members), flexible private dental care, critical illness cover, bonus and more!


  • Parental leave.
  • Group Life Assurance and Group Income Protection.
  • Remote GP access 24/7.
  • Well-being support and initiatives.
  • Cycle to work scheme.
  • Access to great discounts via our CREDS discount scheme.
  • Global opportunities and strong career progression.
  • The chance to work on several varied projects and liaise globally and nationally with other business areas.
  • To be able make a difference to health and wellbeing of people.
  • To continue your own career growth.

About Discovery

Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.

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 20,000 employees within 110 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 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.

At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.