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Job: Research Associate Scientist, Covance, Morrisville, NC

General Information

Job title:
Research Associate Scientist
Job location:
Morrisville, NC  27560 United States
Requisition code:
Date posted:
Job category:
Research and Development
Employment type:
Full time

Job Description

The Research Associate Scientist will perform, optimize, and analyze nucleic acid based assays to be used for companion diagnostics. He/she will perform laboratory experiments with a number of different technology platforms including but not limited to PCR and DNA sequencing methods and be responsible for data analysis and interpretation of the results. The job includes writing and reviewing of technical documents such as method SOP's, risk analyses, and other documents for development of diagnostic products (IVD) under Design Control as described in 21 CFR 820. The job also includes some general laboratory maintenance activities.

The job duties include laboratory hands-on work and data analysis. The job will include assay development, optimization, trouble shooting, and validation of novel nucleic acid based biomarker assays. Specific job activities will include, but are not limited to:


DNA and RNA extractions from various biological materials including whole blood and formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue specimens, using manual and automated methods.
 Running of PCR and qPCR instruments.
 DNA sequencing by Sanger and NGS methods.
Gene expression analysis (e.g., by RT-qPCR and other methods).
Use of computer software for and data analysis.
Writing and reviewing technical documents such as SOPs, Risk Analyses, and Design Control documents.
Maintenance of the laboratory in a regulated environment.

Job Requirements

Bachelors degree in a scientific field

3-5 years hands-on laboratory experience in nucleic acids isolation and analysis
Proven expertise and track record in qPCR and related laboratory techniques and data analysis 

Work experience in diagnostics or medical biotechnology industry
Experience in regulatory environment such as CLIA, CAP, or IVD manufacturing environment
(Job number: 3864589)
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