Research Assistant III Bioa

Covance Chantilly , VA 22022

Posted 11 months ago

Job Overview

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant III to join our Immunochemistry team in Chantilly, VA. Covance's work in developing new pharmaceutical solutions has an incredible impact on the lives of millions worldwide. Join us & be a part of this life-saving work!

This role:

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 analytes 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.

Why People choose to work at Covance?

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 work with extraordinary people with diverse viewpoints. You'll discover your own outstanding potential as we build an even stronger organization with industry leaders from early development to the clinic and beyond. We help our clients develop medicines that improve health and improve lives of their family and friends.


  • 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 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.

  • 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.

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