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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Principal Scientist, Vaccines (Biologics) in Rockville, Maryland


A comprehensive pipeline of next-generation biological standards to cover different therapeutic areas is critical for the implementation of the biologics strategy. The Principal Scientist in Biologics Pipeline Development is a hands-on non-supervisory role that will be responsible for identifying and evaluating opportunities for new vaccine standards and tools and developing and implementing laboratory studies to assess feasibility and establish proof of concept. The incumbent will leverage their knowledge of vaccine development and analytical testing to identify and assess opportunities for development of new standards and design and oversee laboratory studies in both internal and external labs. The Principal Scientist will lead roundtables, discussions and development activities with global stakeholders, including industry experts, vendors, USP volunteers, and external collaborators.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Identifies opportunities for new standards and solutions to address analytical challenges associated with vaccines. Plans and executes industry roundtables aimed to gather input from stakeholders. Works with technical writers and marketing teams on delivery and posting of summaries and white papers as applicable.

  • Develops strategies and processes for the elaboration of a steady pipeline of standards to support the analytical evaluation of vaccines.

  • Defines project scope, and designs and advances work with input from USP volunteers, external stakeholders and USP departments.

  • Develops relationships with key stakeholders from academia and industry to engage in collaborations that enhance access to quality vaccines. Leads collaborations with industry partners, government collaborators and stakeholder groups

  • Plans and oversees necessary laboratory work for feasibility and proof of concept studies. Evaluates and analyzes scientific reports and identifies next steps and key challenges. Engages and builds relationships with internal and external laboratories to support feasibility, proof of concept, and tech transfer studies.

  • Partners with the standards production team leads for eventual handoff leading to planning and initiation of standards development projects.

  • Supports USP to build its external presence through presentations at conferences and publications. Develops training materials and supports education efforts.

  • Collaborates with the biologics program unit team to gather insights based on internal and external data and perform analyses to inform on opportunities for further exploration. Communicates and maintains working relationships with other USP departments, as applicable

  • Keeps abreast of current trends and developments in the area of vaccines.

Basic Qualifications

  • Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Pharmacy, or a related field and ten (10) years, or M.S. degree and twelve (12) years of relevant experience in vaccine development.

  • Experience in analytical characterization, and/or chemistry and manufacturing control (CMC) for vaccines.

  • Minimum of 5 years of experience working in a regulated biopharmaceutical environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong experience in the areas of characterization and analysis of vaccines, especially mRNA and/or viral vectored vaccines.

  • Knowledge of reference standards related to biopharmaceutical products/industry. Experience with reference materials development is a plus.

  • Experience in method development and characterization of vaccines, impurities, and raw materials using a variety of physicochemical techniques and biological assays.

  • Demonstrated research, technical, and analytical skills, as well as the ability to take highly technical scientific information and make recommendations.

  • Strong writing skills and experience drafting technical reports related to material characterization, method development and reference standard evaluation.

  • Expertise in analytical methods applicable to vaccines (e.g. PCR, HPLC, capillary electrophoresis)

  • Experience in method development and qualification, method transfer, and assessment of system suitability.

  • Demonstrated stakeholder collaboration experience, with the ability to develop and manage internal and external relationships and contacts.

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

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

  • Ability to communicate technical information with non-technical or non-scientific staff, and to interact effectively with representatives from pharmaceutical companies, government, and academic institutions. Ability to persuade organizations to collaborate with USP on various projects.

  • Effective at operating independently where appropriate, yet understands when to escalate issues and how to establish effective working relationships.

  • Able to perform in a fast-paced environment with changing deadlines and priorities. Ability to manage and prioritize multiple, concurrent projects.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Not applicable


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 are protected.

About 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 brings together more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver its mission to strengthen the supply of safe quality medicines and supplements 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

The following COVID-19 provisions will apply to selected candidate(s) hired:

As a condition of employment with United States Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

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Job Category Chemistry & Scientific Standards

Job Type Full-Time