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Charles River Laboratories Per Diem Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Lowell, Massachusetts

For over 40 years, HemaCare, a Charles River company, has worked to making a positive impact on the world by providing the highest quality cellular material and services to biotech and

pharmaceutical companies and research organizations that are performing innovative research and developing novel cell-based therapies.

We recognize that our success depends on the vision and passion of our employees; that is why we are devoted to making HemaCare a rewarding and valuable place to work. We believe in making a difference, and at HemaCare, you will make a difference every day.

Job Summary

The Clinical Laboratory Scientist - Per Diem is responsible for performing laboratory testing, recording and reviewing test results, preparing and labeling blood components. This position will require a minimum of 16 hours per month which may include evenings and weekends.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Perform all tasks in compliance with Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) and other regulatory requirements.

  • Properly use the Blood Product Information System, as well as authorize and perform system overrides as needed and within scope of authority and ensure to escalate system problems as/if encountered, to management.

  • Accurately perform testing of blood products and donor samples (i.e., hematology counts (CBC), and pH).

  • Accurately record, interpret, and report test results. Ability to recognize and appropriately handle unacceptable test results.

  • Verify acceptability of blood samples.

  • Prepare and pack blood samples for send-out testing.

  • Properly use laboratory equipment.

  • Properly perform, and complete comprehension of, quality control and preventative maintenance of laboratory equipment.

  • Maintain laboratory records; adhere to proper flow of paperwork.

  • Perform blood component preparation from whole blood and apheresis collections.

  • Label blood products.

  • Perform quarantine, destruction, and release of blood products.

  • Prepare, perform and report proficiency testing. (i.e. CAP)

  • Accurately report errors.

  • Evaluate blood component QC testing.

  • Review and/or order and maintain proper inventory levels of laboratory supplies/reagents.

  • Prepare laboratory statistical reports.

  • Identify and troubleshoot problems encountered in assigned tasks and properly document corrective actions. Confer with managerial staff for resolution of problems, if necessary.

  • Inform supervisory staff of any recommendations for process improvement.

  • Read and understand company and industry manuals and compliance standards, including SOPs, FDA requirements (cGMPs) and AABB regulations.

  • Know and follow safety rules relative to area(s) of responsibility.

  • Present a professional image to customers, internal and external.

  • Revision of company SOP's as required.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily using the skills and abilities outlined in this job description. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Discretion in handling confidential and sensitive matters

  • Meets department quality standards.

  • Good time management skills with the ability to complete assignments within established timelines.

  • High school diploma or comparable education is required.

  • Bachelor's degree in biological, physical, or chemical sciences or medical technology is preferred

  • At least 2 years of previous CLS working experience.

  • Current state CLS licensure

  • MT (ASCP), preferred.

  • Blood donor center or transfusion service experience is a plus.

Compensation Data

The pay range for this position is $39.86 - $49.23. Please note that salaries vary within the range based on factors including, but not limited to, experience, skills, education, certifications, and location.

About HemaCare

HemaCare, a Charles River company, is a global leader and trusted brand in the customization of human-derived biological products and services for biomedical research, drug discovery, and cell and gene therapy development. HemaCare's vertically integrated solutions support preclinical research, clinical studies from phases 1 to 3, and commercialization with high-quality RUO and GMP-compliant starting material and apheresis collections.

In January 2020, HemaCare was acquired by Charles River Laboratories, an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). Combined with Charles River's integrated, early-stage portfolio of discovery, safety assessment, and manufacturing support services, the acquisition creates a unique, comprehensive solution for researchers and cell therapy developers and manufacturers worldwide to help accelerate their critical programs from basic research and proof-of-concept to regulatory approval and commercialization. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs and enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market. We work closely with our clients throughout the clinical process to maximize success and drive positive clinical outcomes.

Together, 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 and biotechnology companies, government agencies, and hospitals and academic institutions around the world.

At HemaCare, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people's lives. We have proudly supported the development of 100% of the current commercially available FDA-approved immunocellular therapies. Our mission is to provide a best-in-class portfolio of high quality, customizable human cellular material and services to support drug discovery, scientific research, and cell therapy. This resonates from our employees and impacts our customers because we know that every day is an opportunity to advance discoveries and make a difference in someone's life.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, veteran or disability status.

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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