The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) (Associate) Scientist, Foods in Rockville, Maryland

(Associate) Scientist, Foods

Tracking Code

1284-679

Job Description

This is a hands-on, highly technical, non-supervisory position that supports the foods standard-setting activities and related programs for the Foods standards team within USP’s Science Division (SD). The incumbent will be capable of supporting several areas within USP’s foods program including development and technical stewardship of Food Chemicals Codex standards, scientific outreach, and support of internal strategic initiatives and growth of the foods program. These activities require the ability to identify and critically evaluate published information on chemical analysis of food ingredients, regulatory and safety reviews of foods, data and supplier documents to assess supply chain vulnerabilities and the need for new or modernized food standards and guidance documents. The successful candidate may develop proposals, coordinate, and lead specific technical studies related to food analysis. The incumbent is experienced with presenting technical talks to food industry and regulators to solicit feedback on USP’s technical work and to enhance USP’s visibility. The incumbent recognizes when additional expertise is needed and he/she has the ability to put together and manage selected expert panels to advance and advocate for USP’s food science. He/she establishes and maintains a network of contacts outside USP, stays abreast of new developments in food safety, quality, and authenticity, and engages other scientific staff to discuss topics in food protection.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provides scientific expertise to USP’s food program with a focus on creating and providing continuing technical support for our food quality and purity standards;

  • Performs the critical evaluation of technical data related to food testing specifically related to food quality and purity including working closely with internal and external laboratories on analytical method development, validation, and data analysis;

  • Establishes and maintains good contacts and working relationships to industry, trade associations and other relevant stakeholders with the goal of obtaining their cooperation for the development of new USP standards, products, and services; Seeks opportunities to give technical presentations on the development and use of food standards;

  • Establishes strong relationships with other USP program units and departments, fostering collaboration and communication;

  • Keeps abreast of current global trends and developments in related scientific fields and shares learnings with supervisor and colleagues;

  • Communicates effectively with stakeholders from industry, academia, scientific organizations, and regulatory agencies;

  • Assists in the formation of USP Expert Committees/Panels and in planning and organizing their work assignments; Provides assistance and guidance to Expert Committees/Panels to support development of Food Chemicals Codex standards and chapters; Serves as a representative of USP at professional meetings, trade shows, and conferences;

Basic Qualifications

Associate Scientific Liaison:

  • PhD. or equivalent in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or allied field with at least 5 years relevant experience; OR

  • MS in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or allied field with at least 7 years of relevant experience; OR

  • BS in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or allied field with at least 9 years of relevant experience.

  • Candidates must have experience in food safety and food quality as well as outstanding written and verbal communication skills in English.

Scientific Liaison:

  • PhD. or equivalent in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or allied field with at least 8 years relevant experience; OR

  • MS in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or allied field with at least 10 years of relevant experience; OR

  • BS in Food Science, Food Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry or allied field with at least 15 years of relevant experience.

  • Candidates must have experience in food safety and food quality as well as outstanding written and verbal communication skills in English.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing, validating, and/or applying food analytical methods

  • Experience working directly in the food industry, including experience with food quality systems, regulatory affairs, and supply chain management

  • Ability to manage complex technical projects with minimal direction with a history of successful project management; proven track record of independently delivering high quality results on time

  • Excellent and proven skills in multi-tasking and time management

  • Ability to rapidly and expertly assess complex technical issues in a fast-paced environment

  • Proficient with analytical testing of food ingredients including the following types of instrumental analysis: HPLC, GC, LC/MS, GC/MS, IR, Raman, UV-Vis, NMR, ICP-MS, AA, etc.

  • Ability to review, analyze, and interpret and report on data from various analytical tests

  • Ability to embrace and lead change. Adaptable, willing to learn, strong interpersonal and technical presentation skills; strong knowledge of MS Office and related products.

Supervisory Responsibilities

N/A

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.

Required Skills

Job Location

Rockville, Maryland, United States

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular

Job Category Scientific