The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Pharmaceutical Data Ontology Scientist in Rockville, Maryland
Pharmaceutical Data Ontology Scientist
With nearly 200 years of history, over 800 expert volunteers, nearly 1000 full-time staff, and terabytes of structured and unstructured data, USP is an organization with rich information assets and a wealth of internal and external expertise. The Research & Innovation department is seeking a fixed-term science fellow to develop a prototype knowledge/expertise search and management tool to help identify staff with specific skills and expertise. This will be a Fixed-Term position for at least one year from the date of hire, with the opportunity to extend further, and will include USP benefits and total rewards.
The vision for the prototype uses robust USP taxonomies/ontologies that need to be developed, appropriate technology tools and a staff dataset to help identify staff with specific skills and expertise independently of their role or department. Therefore, in collaboration with Information Technology, other knowledge management initiatives, and the Science Division leadership, the successful candidate will define the scope of the “skill seeker” prototype, define and implement it and any necessary information collection and management tool prototypes (e.g., a compendial science ontology / taxonomy, staff data collection), and evaluate the performance of the prototype.
Roles and Responsibilities
Develops a prototype ontology/taxonomy for USP compendial science Defines scope and business requirements for the prototype
Identifies existing ontologies/ taxonomies, data stores, and query tools for potential use in skill-seeker
Describes high-level functional architecture including sources of input data, storage mechanism, data query, and results visualization
Integrates ontologies/taxonomies into a skill-seeker prototype demonstrating key functionality such as input, storage, retrieval, analysis, visualization
Builds skill-seeker prototype
BS with 7 years; or MS with 5 years of relevant experience in computer or data science. Relevant fields of study include data / computer science, linguistics, library information science, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or pharmacy.
- BS with 7 years; or MS with 5 years of relevant experience in computer or data science. Relevant fields of study include data / computer science, linguistics, library information science, chemistry, biology, biochemistry, or pharmacy.
Experience in the storage and retrieval of scientific data elements
Experience utilizing current web standards (e.g., foundational technologies for Web 3.0 / the semantic web), including both front- and back-end technologies
Experience in usage of data models and classifications
Experience developing databases, ontologies, user interfaces, with a desire to become proficient in all
Demonstrated ability to quickly become competent in technical IT areas
Familiarity with vocabulary standards, e.g., RxNorm, LOINC, UNII codes Results driven with demonstrated successful outcomes
Possesses attention to details in documentation
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to effectively communicate outputs to both lay and technical audiences
Experience with planning, tracking and performance management of programs/ initiatives
Excellent written, oral and presentation skills
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.
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Rockville, Maryland, United States
Job Category Scientific