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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) (Associate) Laboratory Technician in Rockville, Maryland

(Associate) Laboratory Technician


Rockville, MD



This is a hands-on, non-supervisory position in Reference Standards Production. In this role, the Associate Laboratory Technician will be responsible for a variety of production activities involving both automated and hands-on packaging methods in the RSP production environment. The Associate Laboratory Technician is expected to serve as an effective member of a team working cohesively to plan for and package reference standards, implement package configuration requirements, and follow USP’s quality protocols. This position is a component of USP’s core business and the incumbent is expected to support departmental quality initiatives and USP’s culture of safety.

This position will be relocated to the Frederick, Maryland Facility in spring 2020.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for accurate and timely production of USP Reference Standards according to USP best practices. This includes understanding package configuration requirements and batch record instructions; safe handling of chemical products in the production environment; proactive support of contaminate prevention; and remaining focused on team commitments and communication.

  • Rapidly masters basic technology and works to develop skills using USP production-level machines including powder fillers, labeling equipment, liquid fillers, glove box, freeze dryer and capping/crimping machines.

  • Manages the routine tasks of production while remaining alert for discrepancies and variations on the production line.

  • Performs routine mathematical and statistical calculations to detect variances and verify production targets.

  • Assists with production materials inventory in support of successful supply chain management, including stocking supplies, dispensing components, and participating in physical inventory activities.

  • Assists the Scientific Assistant with the collection of test samples to include careful handling of bulk chemicals, accurate sampling, and necessary documentation.

  • Proactively identifies technical issues, works to develop trouble shooting skills, and seeks out resources to resolve problems as needed.

  • Works to develop mechanical and technical expertise in the production environment. Demonstrates a strong desire to learn, develop professional skills, and grow personal capability.

Laboratory Technician Responsibilities (in addition to those listed above)

  • Develops mentoring skills by assisting with the training and guidance of new production staff. Demonstrates technical skills to peers clearly and effectively.

Basic Qualifications

  • Candidate must be able to relocate to the Frederick facility

  • Work requires passing a pulmonary function test and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Associate Laboratory Technician (in addition to that listed above)

  • Bachelor’s degree in a physical science and a minimum of 0 years of experience or a High School Diploma with a minimum of 4 years of relevant working experience in a production/laboratory setting

Laboratory Technician (in addition to that listed above)

  • Bachelor's degree in a physical science with a minimum of 2 years of relevant working experience in a production/laboratory setting or a High School Diploma and a minimum of 6 years of relevant experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong communication and presentation skills, written and verbal.

  • Experience working in the pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology industry strongly preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities


USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 14 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

  • An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

  • Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods worldwide.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to sex, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other protected class. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

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.

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