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Covance Research Assistant- Cytometry in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Job Overview:


  • The Research Assistant is responsible for the management of all aspects of flow cytometry of multiple, simultaneous client studies in a hands-on fashion.


  • Perform multicolor (up to and exceeding 20 colors) immunophenotyping in lymphoid and non-lymphoid tissue-derived samples (mouse and human origin) including, but not limited to, peripheral blood, bone marrow, spleen, and solid tumors.

  • Perform all aspects of flow cytometry including experimental set-up, routine processing of tissues samples, sample staining, compensation matrix generation, sample data acquisition, and data analysis using FlowJo.

  • Analyze flow cytometry data at various levels of complexity and generate complete client reports. Strong scientific writing skills required.

  • Culture primary cells and cell lines under experimental conditions to conduct client studies and functional assays.

  • Perform routine quality control procedures and maintenance for laboratory equipment as needed. Monitor and maintain inventory of laboratory supplies and reagents.

  • Knowledge of, and ability to, adhere to accepted lab practices and procedures.

  • May develop and validate new applications and SOPs.

  • Assist in the maintenance, expansion, and archiving of cell lines while utilizing aseptic technique.

  • Responsible for communicating with clients, coordinating tasks between multiple groups, and scheduling activities such that client deadlines are met, while meeting the highest quality of laboratory standards.

  • Perform all other duties as assigned.



  • Masters or PhD in scientific discipline preferred*

  • *Combination of education and/or equivalent relevant experience will be considered in lieu of post graduate degree



  • Three to four years flow cytometry experience required, immunology experience desired.

  • Familiarity with FlowJo a plus.


  • Works in a research environment with exposure to sharps and potentially caustic chemicals and substances of unknown hazard.

  • Must function and adequately perform all responsibilities associated with the job while adhering to various established PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) requirements

  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

  • Ability to bend and move within cell culture hood.

Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Individual with Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us.