Covance Mass Spectrometry Specialist in Harrogate, United Kingdom

Job Overview

The Biopharaceutical CMC solutions team is focused on providing analytical support in the drug development pathway for the characterisation and stability assessment of large protein molecules, including: vaccines, antibodies, cytokines and growth factors. The accurate characterisation of a drug is necessary to release manufactured batches of the drug, assess stability (shelf life) and evaluate the impact of changes in manufacturing process or in formulation. This is achieved using a variety of analytical techniques such as: Mass Spectrometry, SDS-PAGE, Western blotting, Isoelectric focusing, Capillary electrophoresis, HPLC, UV spectroscopy, ELISA, amino-acid analysis and peptide mapping.

Our protein mass spectrometry service offering focuses primarily on intact mass analysis, peptide mapping, characterisation of post-translational (or other) modifications (e.g deamidation, oxidation, di-sulphide bridging), analysis of glycosylation profiles and quantification. We are looking to expand on our capabilities in these areas.

Working within a dedicated BioCMC assay development team, the successful candidate will be involved in the development of protein mass spectrometry workflows and will primarily be responsible for method establishment, validation and application to characterisation studies in a GMP environment.

The Subject Matter Expert will liase closely with the QC Scientists who have overall responsibility for the scientific, technical and regulatory conduct of these studies and will facilitate data interpretation and documentation and reporting of results.

The role will primarily be lab based and responsibilities include:

  • Assume responsibility for the development, establishment and validation of analytical methods

  • Provide a source of scientific expertise; able to give technical advise to internal/ external clients

  • Ensure that methods are developed and studies are documented to the required scientific and regulatory standards, and in accordance with study protocol and Covance standard operating procedure

  • Demonstrate knowledge of client requirements (i.e. critical aspects) and plans accordingly to deliver targets on time

  • To anticipate problems that may affect timing or data quality, taking appropriate action to minimise impact or resolve issues

  • Proactively manage client and study changes, ensuring costs are captured

  • Work across departments to meet the demands of various client programs

  • Where appropriate, publish and present at conferences, symposia, etc…

Education / Qualifications

A degree in a relevant scientific subject is required.


The successful candidate is expected to have experience working with proteins and with QTOF, ion-trap and tandem quadrupole instrumentation, ideally in a CRO environment with knowledge of UK/ OECD GXP regulations.

Job Number 2018-19210

Job Category Scientific Advanced Degree

Position Type Full-Time

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