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Covance Senior Principal Investigator- $5000 Sign-on Bonus in Madison, Wisconsin

Job Overview

The Senior Principal Investigator (Lead Scientist) performs activities related to technical leadership for routine studies in compliance with appropriate protocol, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and regulatory agency guidelines. The successful candidate will support the analytical direction, the technical conduct of analysis, and the review, documentation, and reporting of results, in a timely, efficient, and quality manner. The Senior Lead Scientist serves as the Responsible Scientist or Principal Investigator as appropriate to support scientific work for non-regulated and GxP regulated studies. The Senior Lead Scientist provides internal and external customers with a point of central scientific contact for projects within the Bioanalytical department. In addition to these duties, the Senior Lead Scientist serves as a scientific representative both internally and externally to Covance by supporting scientific papers or posters which are published or presented at scientific meetings. Relocation assistance will be offered for this position.

  • Serves as Responsible Scientist or Principal Investigator for non-regulated and GxP regulated studies as applicable.

  • Ensures client programs meet Covance, client, and regulatory requirements.

  • Develops and reviews protocols and sample analysis plans.

  • Independently reviews and approves raw data.

  • Ensures that any quality issues that may impact a study are identified and documented and if needed, appropriate corrective action is taken.

  • Effectively evaluates data to ensure regulatory guidelines and expectations are met.

  • Reviews and approves reports for scientific accuracy and completeness.

  • Manages scientific investigations. And leads efforts to troubleshoot and solve assay problems.

  • Serves as the scientific point of contact for the client.

  • Effectively works with the client to determine project requirements.

  • Gives scientific directives to the study team.

  • Communicates and monitors scientific expectations with scientific staff and clients.

  • Participates in client visits as a scientific lead.

  • Promotes quality within the study team.

  • Promotes a positive impression of Covance internally and within the industry.

  • Provides technical and scientific guidance to clients and other departments.

  • Advocates Covance ethics, vision, and values; fosters a high-performance culture.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage high volume study work for key clients.

  • Supports scientific papers or posters which are published or presented at scientific meetings.


  • PhD in science or related field

  • Experience may be substituted for education


  • 5-7 years of experience in the job discipline

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Proven ability to prioritize and manage time

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Able to utilize word processing, database, spreadsheet, and specialized software

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

  • Knowledge of regulatory agency guidelines

  • Skilled in the related chemistry field and with data interpretation

Job Number 2019-28701

Job Category Scientific Advanced

Position Type Full-Time

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