The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Senior Scientist II, Dietary Supplements & Herbal Medicines in Hyderabad, India
Who is USP?
The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world's top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP's fundamental belief that Equity = Excellence manifests in our core value of Passion for Quality through our more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver the mission to strengthen the supply of safe, quality medicines and supplements worldwide.
At USP, we value inclusivity for all. We recognize the importance of building an organizational culture with meaningful opportunities for mentorship and professional growth. From the standards we create, to the partnerships we build, to the conversations we foster, we affirm the crucial value of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging in building a world where everyone can be confident of quality in health and healthcare.
Brief Job Overview
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This is a non-supervisory hands-on, highly technical position that supports Dietary Supplements standard-setting activities by developing quality standards with focus on non-botanical dietary ingredients (such as small molecules, mineral salts, oils, proteins, probiotics) for use in dietary supplement dosage forms.
The incumbent is responsible for developing and revising quality standards for dietary ingredients/supplements, and responding to internal and external queries related to dietary supplements in USP-NF.
These activities require the critical evaluation of relevant scientific documents and other information, the performance of literature searches on related topics, and the development and drafting of pertinent documents for other scientific staff and/or Expert Committee review.
The incumbent liaises with expert committee members in the critical review of analytical validation data, and other regulatory and laboratory data to assess suitability of proposed methods and reference standards.
The incumbent provides technical input to other DSHM scientists
The incumbent recognizes when additional expertise is needed and he/she has the ability to put together and manage advisory panels.
The incumbent also closely follows the work in areas of pharmacopeial standards other than dietary supplements so that collaboration and exchange of information is seamlessly accomplished and made available when needed.
He/she establishes and maintains relevant contacts outside of USP, stays abreast of new findings, and informs other scientific staff of new developments in dietary supplement quality methodologies.
The incumbent may act as a liaison between Expert Committee and interested parties from government, academia and industry on issues pertaining to standards for dietary supplements.
How will YOU create impact here at USP?
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Evaluates and analyzes specifications and supporting data, development of standards in USP style and format. (35%)
Develops, writes and guides research laboratory projects related to standards for dietary supplements. (15%)
Writes general and specific correspondence pertaining to dietary ingredient/supplement monographs, and dietary supplement general chapters. (10%)
Assists in the development of agendas and planning for USP Expert Committee meetings, stimulates discussion between members of the Expert Committee, organizes their work assignments and provides assistance and guidance. (10%)
Promotes the development of new standards for Dietary Supplements through collaboration with sponsors. (20%)
Communicates with other USP departments regarding projects related to validation studies, method development, reference standards development and evaluation. (10%)
Who USP is Looking For?
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The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of our mission, commitment to excellence through inclusive and equitable behaviors and practices, ability to quickly build credibility with stakeholders, along with the following competencies and experience:
Senior Scientist I: Ph.D. with 8 years, an MS degree with 10 years, or a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, pharmacy, pharmacognosy or a related field with 15 years of industry experience.
Senior Scientitist II: Ph.D. with 10 years, an MS degree in chemistry, pharmacy, pharmacognosy or a related field with 12 years of industry experience.
We especially welcome applications from those who hold historically marginalized and/or underrepresented identities. This job description provides a portrait of an ideal candidate. Candidates who possess many, though perhaps not all, qualifications are encouraged to apply.
Additional Desired Preferences
Desired preferences are to showcase any additional preferred levels of expertise to perform the role. Reminder: any items listed in this section are not requirements nor disqualifies for candidate consideration.
Familiarity with up-to-date chemical and microbiological analytical techniques
Experience with developing monographs and general chapters,
Familiarity with probiotics, and proteins highly desirable.
Experience in one of the following areas is desirable: dietary supplement regulatory affairs, food ingredients/dietary ingredient analysis, food/dietary supplements analysis, biochemical analysis, microbiology.
Ability to establish and nurture relationships with individuals of varying backgrounds and learning styles.
Able to operate independently where appropriate, yet understands when to escalate issues and how to establish effective working relationships.
Strong presentation and communication skills (written and oral).
Well-developed organizational, interpersonal communications, negotiation, writing, and strong listening skills.
Knowledge of internet and electronic database searches helpful. Practical experience in analytical techniques is required.
Knowledge of the dietary supplement industry and the associated regulatory framework is essential. Ability to prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
Ability to share technical information with non-technical or non-scientific staff, and to communicate effectively with representatives from dietary supplement companies, government, and academic institutions.
USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing is protected.
COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (will apply to the selected candidate(s) hired):
As a condition of employment with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021, must be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.
USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of our work—from the standards we make to the partnerships and conversations we cultivate. An environment where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, and family status. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.
Note: USP does not accept unsolicited resumes from 3rd party recruitment agencies and is not responsible for fees from recruiters or other agencies except under specific written agreement with USP.
Job Category Chemistry & Scientific Standards
Job Type Full-Time