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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) (Associate) Scientific Liaison in Rockville, Maryland

(Associate) Scientific Liaison

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Job Description

This is a hands-on non-supervisory scientific position in the General Chapters Group within the Science Division. The incumbent is responsible for providing support in the development and revision of USP-NF general chapters mostly related to testing of quality attributes of pharmaceutical dosages forms and supports USP Expert Committee and associated Expert Panels.

These activities will require the critical evaluation of relevant 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.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Oversees and facilitates all aspects of the development of General Chapters to the USP-NF. Evaluates and analyzes supporting data, and translates into USP editorial style and format.

  • Assists in the activities of the USP Expert Committees and Advisory Panels, as needed.

  • Provides general scientific and related support to other scientific and managerial staff.

  • Responds to telephone and written inquiries pertaining to USP-NF monographs and General Chapters.

  • Writes general and specific subject correspondence pertaining to monographs and General Chapters.

  • Keeps abreast of current trends and developments in related scientific fields.

  • Communicates with other USP departments regarding projects related to validation studies, method development, and reference standards.

  • Serves as representative of USP at professional meetings (scientific meetings organized by USP and other organizations, meetings at other pharmacopeias or regulatory agencies etc.). Gives public presentations on USP matters (as assigned)

  • Performs other related duties as required

Basic Qualifications

Associate Scientific Liaison:

Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry, or a related field and five (5) years of relevant experience, or an M.S. and seven (7) years of experience in analytical development for pharmaceuticals.

Scientific Liaison:

Ph.D. degree in Pharmaceutical Science, Chemistry, or a related field and eight (8) years of relevant experience, or an M.S. and ten (10) years of relevant experience in analytical development for pharmaceuticals.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Practical experience in tests like dissolution, content uniformity, etc.

  • Experience in the application of USP standards in a QC lab environment in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Strong knowledge in USP content and application of USP standards

  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and the associated regulatory framework is essential.

  • Able to establish and nurture relationships with individuals of varying backgrounds and learning styles.

  • Strong presentation and communication skills (written and oral).

  • Well-developed organizational, interpersonal communications, negotiation, writing, and strong listening skills.

  • Project Management skills required.

  • Must be able to communicate effectively with representatives from pharmaceutical companies, government, and academic institutions.

Supervisory Responsibilities


USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 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.

Job Location

Rockville, Maryland, United States

Position Type


Job Category Scientific