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Covance Director, Medical Affairs in Indianapolis, Indiana

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Director, Medical Affairs (Ph.D. with Fellowship Training or Pathologist)

Covance is a global contract research organization which employs over 50,000 people throughout 60 countries and offers the world’s largest central laboratory network. The company supports the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries as a leading provider of clinical trials solutions for all phases of development. Covance has contributed to each of the top 50 prescription drugs in the marketplace today and offers clinical testing services involving companion diagnostics, genomics, vaccines, biomarker testing, immunotherapeutics, and flow cytometry.

At our Indianapolis location, there is an opening for a candidate with training and/or experience in Clinical Chemistry. We are seeking a candidate to contribute specialized expertise to the Medical Affairs team. Our group includes six on-site pathologists with backgrounds in surgical pathology, immunology, cytopathology, and hematopathology. This is an opportunity to pursue a potentially promising career path at the cutting edge of development during a period of rapid discovery.

We are considering both M.D. and Ph.D. candidates and will accept applications from either of two training backgrounds:

  • An AP/CP pathologist with an interest/background or fellowship training in Clinical Chemistry

  • A Ph.D. scientist with fellowship training in Clinical Chemistry and American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) board eligibility / certification

Candidates with experience as well as those currently or recently completing fellowship training are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will be board certified / eligible in anatomic and clinical pathology with a background in clinical chemistry and knowledge of related laboratory techniques or a Ph.D. candidate certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC).

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide consultative and laboratory support to Covance and its internal and external customers.

  • Oversee laboratory / other functions requiring specialized expertise in Clinical Chemistry.

  • Review laboratory testing results, including SPEP / IFE.

  • Analyze and respond to inquiries by clinical trials customers.

  • Participate in investigator meetings or client visits to provide support for clinical trials.

  • Implement quality standards and help assure regulatory and legal compliance.

  • Collaborate in development and validation of methods and selection of appropriate tests.

Pathologist applicants will have additional responsibilities outside of Clinical Chemistry:

  • Participate in review and approval of new test offerings / service feasibilities related to AP.

  • Review abnormal peripheral blood smears.

  • Analyze and respond to medical / pathology-related inquiries by clinical trials customers.

  • Oversee medical decision-making and fulfill laboratory / other functions requiring a pathologist.

  • Collaborate in global trials involving whole slide imaging and artificial intelligence platforms.


  • American Board of Clinical Chemistry (ABCC) board eligibility / certification is required for Ph.D. candidates.

  • Board certification / eligibility in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology is required for M.D. candidates.


  • Experience and/or training in Clinical Chemistry is required.

  • Ability to effectively interact with clients at meetings and conferences is essential.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Covance is committed to diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Individual with Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). Your confidentiality and privacy are important to us.