Covance Lead Scientist II in Madison, Wisconsin

Job Overview

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?

The Lead Scientist performs activities related to technical leadership for routine studies in compliance with appropriate protocol, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and regulatory agency guidelines, in a timely, efficient, and quality manner. This includes supporting analytical direction, the technical conduct of analysis, and the review, documentation, and reporting of results. The Lead Scientist serves as the Study Director, Responsible Scientist, Contributing Scientist, or Principal Investigator as appropriate to support scientific work for non-regulated and regulated studies. The Lead Scientist provides internal and external customers with a central scientific contact for projects within the Bioanalytical department.

What we’re looking for:

Lead Scientist's are the most successful at Covance with:

  • Masters (MS) or PhD in science or related field preferred

  • 4-5 years of experience in the job discipline

  • Software Experience and skill with Watson, Nautilus, and Analyst

  • Preferred Knowledge of regulatory agency guidelines

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 and ensuring the well-being of our animal models.

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.

Get to know Covance

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. Even though we span multiple businesses, we operate as one, sharing our knowledge to improve our efficiency and deliver on the promise of a healthier world.


  • Masters (MS) degree in science or related field required.

  • PhD in science or related field preferred.

  • Experience may be substituted for education


  • Minimum of 4-5 years of related experience.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent attention to detail.

  • Proven ability to prioritize and manage time.

  • Ability to utilize word processing software, database, spreadsheet, and specialized software.

  • Experience and skill with Watson, Nautilus, and Analyst a plus.

  • Knowledge of regulatory agency guidelines.

  • Skilled in the related chemistry field and with data interpretation.

Job Number 2018-18945

Job Category Scientific Advanced Degree

Position Type Full-Time

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