Covance Research Assistant II BioA in Chantilly, Virginia

Job Overview

Covance wants you! Covance is the world’s largest CRO, offering a variety of career opportunities and growth potential in the world of drug discovery. Jumpstart your career and make a positive impact in biopharmaceuticals by joining our large-molecule, Bioanalysis laboratory in Chantilly, VA.

We are seeking a Research Assistant II with at least 3 years of immunoassay experience with ELISA, ligand binding assay and/or cell culture. Some Method development experience preferred.

Responsibilities Include:

Analyzes biological or chemical samples and/or develops/validates methodologies for various compounds and components in compliance with standard operating procedures (SOPs) and regulatory agency guidelines.

  • Organizes, conducts and evaluates analytical results and testing.

  • Maintains study documentation and laboratory records.

  • Independently sets-up, maintains, operates and performs routine and non-routine maintenance on general equipment.

  • Performs quality control review of data.

  • Informs Study Director, Principal Investigator and/or management of any problems and/or deviations that may affect integrity of the data; participates in corrective action of problems.

  • Promotes a cohesive team environment.

  • Assists in setting up and performing method development and validation of various analyses in a variety of matrices.

  • Makes suggestions for modifications in test methods or procedures.

  • Provides input and participates in project meetings, plans, monitors and guides project work.

  • Ability to serve as lead chemist on projects, overseeing a small group of technical staff, with supervision.

  • Maintains a clean and safe laboratory work environment.

  • Trains and assists less experienced staff.

  • Participates in client visits as needed, assists in communicating technical information.

  • Participates in process improvement initiatives.

  • Assists in evaluation of data for incorporation into written reports.

  • Effectively plans and utilizes personnel and resources for timely completion of assigned projects.

  • Assists in writing reports, methods, protocols and SOPs.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor of Science/Arts (BS/BA) degree in chemistry or related scientific field

  • Experience may be substituted for education.

  • Ability to perform basic computer skills (e.g., Word, Excel).


  • 3 - 4 years related or relevant laboratory experience required with a BS/BA degree or 5 - 6 years experience with an AAS degree.

  • Familiar with the use of standard laboratory equipment (e.g., balances, pipettes, centrifuges).

  • Experience with analytical instrumentation.

  • Acts as a technical resource for the department (trouble shooting, method development, qualification, maintenance and training).

  • Maintains and operates laboratory equipment, including problem identification and resolution.

  • Evaluates data for incorporation into written reports.

  • Completes project assignments on time with minimal supervision.

  • Knowledgeable on a variety of study types, analysis procedures and methodology.

  • Able to effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing.

  • Acts as a project leader with guidance as needed.

  • Able to perform complex analysis using unfamiliar or new methods.

  • Ability to assist in the preparation of relevant sections of final reports.

Job Number 2018-24137

Job Category Scientific Mid-Level

Position Type Full-Time

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