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Covance Sample Handling Asst I in Indianapolis, Indiana

Job Overview:

The Assistant is accountable for the receipt and the processing of irreplaceable clinical trial specimens.

Specific department duties as set forth in the task list and department Training Checklists including but not limited to:

  • Receive shipments for the LPS departments from the different couriers and perform all related tasks.

  • Resolve misrouted shipments (not intended for LPS or Covance) and perform all related tasks.

  • Open and clean inbound LPS shipments.

  • Ensure QC of the discarded material to prevent any failures and report to management as needed.

  • Maintain temperature of specimen in received condition.

  • Scan shipments into the database.

  • Electronically archive requisitions using the document management system.

  • Timely perform the 1st data entry of all patient demographics and Administrative entries (1st Accessioning).

  • Prepare the original requisitions for hard copy archiving.

  • Check and result the different administrative data via RES if applicable.

  • Perform tasks in the Aliquotting area. Maintaining and cleaning of instrument if applicable, as well as manual aliquots and related tasks.

  • Sort testing specimens as per local "rules" (manual / automatic sorter, if applicable).

  • Sort specimens for storage and acknowledge them in the system with the pre-scan function.

  • Perform Kit Receipt process under supervision of trainer with the expectations to perform Kit Receipt process independently after completion of training.

  • Ensure kits are timely processed and samples timely delivered to the concerned departments.

  • Adhere to all company policies and procedures and perform all departmental and interdepartmental SOP’s as written.

  • Adhere to all safety guidelines, SOPs. Identify potential biohazard problems and follow corrective action. Encourage others to follow biohazard precaution.


  • Minimum High School Diploma


  • Minimum 1-year applicable work experience

  • Able to work in a team as well as independently

  • Dynamic attitude and ability to work under pressure

  • Ability to take up challenges

  • Strong detail orientation

  • Strong communication and organizational skills

  • Ability to use several software packages i.e. Word, Excel, Access

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.