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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) qNMR Scientist (H1B Sponsorship Eligible) in Rockville, Maryland


Summary of the Position

If you want to help pharmaceutical researchers improve the quality of drugs, and you have experience developing analytical methods with quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance (qNMR), then the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) wants to talk with you!

We have an immediate opening for a Scientist III in our Digital and Innovation group. This position plays a critical role developing the next-generation analytical and digital technologies for pharmaceutical R&D. The successful applicant will drive product and application development by understanding the technical capabilities of qNMR and quantum mechanics (QM) for chemical analysis and developing validated methods through hands-on laboratory work to help users get great analytical results.

For over 200 years, USP has worked as an independent, scientific nonprofit organization to build trust where it matters most: in the world's medicines, dietary supplements and foods. Through our rigorous science and the public quality standards we set, USP builds trust in the supply of safe, quality medicines. With USP’s unique mix of rigorous scientific research, exceptional world-wide brand recognition, and a rapidly evolving suite of digital products and services, the successful applicant can make a tangible contribution to USP’s mission of protecting patient safety and improving the health of people around the world. The duration of this role is contingent upon the funding duration of the donor (I.e. Fixed Term)

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develop, optimize, validate, and publish high-quality analytical methods using high-field and benchtop qNMR and QM; publication may include compendial submissions, white papers, application notes, or journal articles;

  • Acquire high resolution qNMR spectra and implement structural elucidation for obtaining chemical structural information to develop QM spectral analysis models;

  • Establish and grow a digital NMR spectral database;

  • Provide sound technical guidance on related product development projects to advance qNMR applications and integrate them within USP ;

  • Manage project tasks, create appropriate work schedules, and create experiment plans;

  • Troubleshoot and resolve method and instrumentation issues and implement risk-mitigating process controls to ensure high data quality;

  • Review, interpret, and evaluate available scientific literature to assist in the landscaping of both high-field and benchtop qNMR applications in the pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and foods industries;

  • Collaborate with appropriate internal stakeholders and experts from across academia and industry to drive USP’s mission of developing public standards.

Basic Qualifications

  • D. +0 years in a scientific discipline, with NMR, qNMR, QM and method development experience or

  • S. +5 years in a scientific discipline, with NMR, qNMR and QM experience and method development experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in performing research towards the development and validation of high-quality analytical methods;

  • Hands-on experience in using NMR (benchtop and high field), qNMR, quantum mechanics for qNMR modeling and analysis, HPLC, and other appropriate technologies;

  • Capability to plan and conduct rigorous scientific research independently;

  • Skilled in evaluation and interpretation of data;

  • Strong ability to collaborate with various internal and external stakeholders to achieve intended outcomes;

  • Ability to multi-task;

  • Skilled in anticipating, troubleshooting, and solving technical problems;

  • Familiarity and ability to execute good laboratory practices (GLP);

  • Detailed oriented with excellent Organizational and Project Management skills;

  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written; to communicate complex scientific ideas to non-scientists;

  • Takes personal responsibility to ensure work is delivered on time and is of the highest quality;

  • Knowledge in the design, plan and build guidelines for standardizing spectral library/database is a plus;

  • Knowledge of potential applications of spectral libraries is a plus;

  • Understanding of good manufacturing practices (GMP) is a plus.

Supervisory Responsibilities



USP will sponsor an H1B visa to fill this position if necessary. USP is exempt from the H1B visa cap. Candidates who will need H1B visa sponsorship are encouraged to apply.


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.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (will apply to the selected candidate(s) hired:

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

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.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Laboratory/Production

Job Type Full-Time