Covance Sr. Research Assistant- BioAnalysis in Chantilly, Virginia

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Covance Sr. Research Assistant - BioA

Covance wants you! Covance is the word'd 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 Sr. Research Assistant with at least 4 years of immunossay experience with ELISA, ligand binding assay and/or cell culture. Some Method development experience preferred.

As a Research Assistant III/ Sr. Research Assistant, you will...

  • Assist in setting up and performing method development and validation of various analytes in a variety of matrices.

  • Serve as lead chemist on projects, overseeing a small group of technical staff.

  • Perform complex analyses using unfamiliar or new methods, asking for scientific guidance as needed.

  • Make suggestions for modifications in test methods or procedures.

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

  • Train, mentor, and assist less experienced staff.

  • Participate in new equipment and instrument assessment and qualification, as appropriate.

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

  • Participate in process improvement initiatives.

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

  • Write SOPs and methods.

Why choose to work at Covance

  • Make a direct impact in the lives of patients

  • Access to a variety of studies and top notch laboratory instrumentation

  • Partner with and learn from supportive colleagues and industry leaders

  • Open up new opportunities for career growth related to scientific and regulatory leadership

Thrive personally and professionally at Covance

Working at Covance, you’ll continue to grow in our learning-based culture so you’ll know how to expertly respond and adapt as the industry continues to evolve. Here, you’ll put your education to work as you play a meaningful role in advancing healthcare.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package. This includes 21 days of personal time off, 7 paid holidays, medical and dental insurance as well as tuition reimbursement, a 401(k) plan with a generous company match, along with short and long-term disability and life insurance.


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

  • Experience may be substituted for education.

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


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

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

  • Experience with use and trouble shooting of analytical equipment.

  • Effective communication (verbal and written), presentation and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to design and independently conduct tests for chemistry projects and provide initial analysis of results.

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

  • Evaluates data for incorporation into written reports.

  • Advanced time management skills to complete project assignments on time, with minimal or no supervision.

Covance, the drug development business of LabCorp, is the world’s most comprehensive drug development services company. Because of our broad experience, from early research to commercialization, our more than 20,000 employees from across the globe are in a unique position to supply insights that go above and beyond testing. Our team’s impact on healthcare is remarkable. Through their everyday work they’ve supported 100% of the top 50 drugs on the market and all the oncology drugs approved in 2016. And, because we span the drug development spectrum, you’ll directly impact a wide-range of initiatives as you explore unique career paths and discover your extraordinary potential.

Job Number 2018-18833

Job Category Scientific Bachelor's Degree

Position Type Full-Time

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