Covance Staff Scientist I BioA in Chantilly, Virginia

Job Overview

Covance Staff Scientist

Play a pivotal role in the drug development process and grow your career

Are you interested in making a real scientific impact through your everyday work? Would you enjoy working in a team-focused environment as you explore unique career opportunities? If you are looking for a company where you can gain exposure to a wide variety of science and explore a multitude of career paths across the drug development spectrum, consider working at Covance as a Staff Scientist. In this role, you will undertake original research that includes developing and confirming highly sensitive, reliable assay methodologies for the rapid and accurate analysis of pharmaceuticals in biological fluids and tissues.

Duties include:

  • Performing complex analytical methods on biological matrices, often involving problem solving situations.

  • Applies and interprets scientific theories, concepts, techniques, and regulatory requirements in bioanalytical and mass spectrometry studies and accepts leadership role in developing scientific approaches.

  • Acts as research scientist, in a team work setting, for technical direction on complex bioanalytical and mass spectrometry projects.

  • Responds to unscheduled deadlines, client needs crises, etc. without neglecting other duties.

  • Produces reports for reliable, sensitive, and validated methods of analyses.

  • Author’s scientific papers which are published in peer reviewed journals.

  • Participates in client visits.

  • Contributes to long-range planning and technical policies of the department.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

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 and ensuring the well-being of our animal models. We offer a comprehensive benefits package. This includes 24 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.

Staff Scientist are the most successful at Covance with:

  • PhD in chemistry, or equivalent degree, with 0 to 2 years of related experience.

  • Experience and knowledge of ligand-base (ELISA, MSD, etc.) and cell-based immuno-assays, and appropriate analytical instrumentation.

  • Knowledge of laboratory automation software, system software, and Microsoft applications.

"At Covance, it’s our people that make us great – it’s what our clients, our partners and, most importantly, what our employees say. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to lead and nurture exceptional people with diverse viewpoints. You’ll discover your own extraordinary potential as you drive strategy and build an even stronger organization with industry leaders from early development to the clinic and beyond. Through your everyday work and an energized purpose, you’ll advance science and impact the lives of countless individuals. Join us as we speed the delivery of groundbreaking therapies and anticipate tomorrow’s drug development challenges, creating new possibilities for our clients, our team—and you."


  • PhD in chemistry, or equivalent degree, with 1- 2 years of related experience. Relevant experience may be substituted for education.


  • Experience and knowledge of ligand-base (ELISA, MSD, etc.) and cell-based immuno-assays, and appropriate analytical instrumentation

  • Proven track record of analytical method development.

  • Skilled in conducting research, compiling data, data interpretation, and writing reports according to regulatory requirements.

  • Skilled in performing scientific presentations and preparing scientific publications.

  • Knowledge of laboratory automation software, system software, and Microsoft applications.

  • Effective oral and written communication skills.

Job Number 2019-28053

Job Category Scientific Advanced

Position Type Full-Time

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