Covance Research Associate II - Immunology & Immunotoxicology in Harrogate, United Kingdom

Job Overview

COVANCE is a leading global drug development services company and we provide support to the Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology industries. We are recruiting for our Early Development Unit in Harrogate and are currently seeking to hire a Research Associate II to help support the Immunology & Immunotoxicology team. This is a full time and permanent contract.


  • Organizes, conducts and analyzes results of Immunotoxicology assays.

  • Maintains study documentation and laboratory records.

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

  • 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.

  • With supervisory assistance, assures technical staff compliance to SOPs and other regulatory agency guidelines.

  • Setting up and perform method development and validation of various Immunotoxicology assays under the guidance of Technical Leader, SME, or supervisor.

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

  • Makes suggestions for modifications in test methods or procedures.

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

  • With supervisory assistance, serves as a lead technician on projects

  • Trains, mentors, and assists less experienced staff.

  • Maintains a clean and safe laboratory work environment.

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

  • 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 and protocols.

  • Writes SOPs and methods.

  • To be aware of appropriate regulation guidelines for PD, PK TK etc.

  • Assist in the troubleshooting of assigned GLP/GXP projects.

  • To have good verbal, numerical and visual skills.

  • Understand and comply with all departmental and company policies.

  • To help foster a high professional standard and encourage good staff relationships.

  • To undertake research and development work as required and directed.

  • To undertake other duties and responsibilities as may be allocated from time to time by line manager.

  • Facilitate transfer of client methods into Global CPS/Immunology and Immunotoxicology laboratories.

  • To participate in the introduction of new techniques, methodologies and relevant procedures in collaboration with other Senior Managers.

Education / Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Master’s Degree in Life Science. Experience may substitute for education.


  • some related or relevant laboratory experience as a minimum

  • Skilled in conducting research, data interpretation, and writing reports.

  • Experience and knowledge of relevant instrumentation.

  • Some experience in performing scientific presentation and preparing scientific publications.

  • Prior experience in I&I procedures, method development, and validation preferred.

  • Knowledge of GLPs and regulatory agencies is required.

  • Ability to interact effectively with all staff and management levels.

  • Problem solving and decision making skills.

  • Strong English writing and communication skills.

Job Number 2018-18159

Job Category Scientific Advanced

Position Type Full-Time

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