Covance Research Assistant III- BioA in Madison, Wisconsin

Job Overview

Analyzes biological or chemical samples and/or develops/validates methodologies for various compounds and components in compliance with appropriate 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, 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned


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

  • Relevant Bioanalytical 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.

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

  • Experience with use and troubleshooting of analytical equipment including HPLC and Mass Spectrometer experience

  • 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.

  • Able to effectively schedule resources.

  • Understands and helps staff with compliance to SOPs and other regulatory agency guidelines.

  • Identifies process improvement opportunities, recommends solutions and implements action plans.

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

  • Effectively interacts with internal and/or external clients.

  • Acts as a project leader.

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

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

Job Number 2018-26011

Job Category Scientific Mid-Level

Position Type Full-Time

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