Senior Scientist In Vivo, neuropsychiatry



For over 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.

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Job Summary

We are looking for an organized, proactive and self-driven individual to join our Discovery Neuroscience Scientific Team at Charles River Laboratories in Kuopio, Finland. 


The person in this role will be expected to operate in a highly collaborative environment, partnering with peers, operational teams at the site and at other locations and work closely with Clients. 
The position requires proven track of experience in preclinical in vivo models for neuropsychiatry and/or addiction and expertise in in vivo pharmacological studies. 
The candidate will be part of a multi-disciplinary preclinical research team and will report to Principal Scientist In Vivo.
In this position you will be leading Client projects in CNS drug discovery field ensuring the scientific excellence of study design, execution, data analysis and reporting. 
The candidate will help to set program/study strategies and provide steps forward based on the outcomes.
In addition to Client studies, you will be involved in R&D activities including validations of new assays, models, and techniques to support capabilities portfolio of the Company and specific Client’s needs.

Job Qualifications


  • MSc with 7+ year of relevant experience or PhD degree (Neuroscience/Pharmacology) with 2+ years of relevant experience with a focus on preclinical in vivo psychiatry/mood disorder assay and models is required

Experience Required

  • Experience in pharmaceutical industry and/or preclinical contract research organization and /or post-doctoral experience in academia will be an asset
  • Proven expertise and hands-on experience in developing, and validating animal models and assays in psychiatry area utilizing an array of in vivo endpoints such us behavioral testing platforms, etc. is required
  • Understanding translational aspect of rodent models of major depressive disorder, autism, schizophrenia, psychosis, anxiety etc is required
  • Previous experience in utilizing in vivo models of neurological diseases in pharmacological studies is required 
  • Proven expertise and hands-on experience in in vivo models of drug abuse and addiction is an asset
  • Solid understanding of preclinical stages of drug discovery process 
  • Proven ability to work in a team in collaboration-based environment
  • Strong track record of independent scientific leadership and strategic impact, as evidenced by delivery of numerous project milestones, publications etc. 
  • A dynamic, can-do attitude and a flexible approach to problem solving. Sound scientific judgement which has impacted on the direction and delivery of projects or departmental initiatives
  • Ability to lead, coordinate and prioritize and get things done
  • Excellent analytical, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work flexibly across projects and adapt to new priorities in fast-paced environment
  • Fluent spoken and written English, scientific writing skills 

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 320 patents and 74 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 18,000 employees within 100 facilities in 24 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. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

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 85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.

For more information, please visit www.criver.com.