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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Scientific Technical Writer I in Rockville, Maryland


Summary of the Position

The Technical Writer I position is responsible for collaborating with USP Scientific Staff, the Council of Experts, and USP business units for the overall development of high-quality scientific and technical materials. The Technical Writer I will interface with the other Technical Writers, Scientific Liaisons, other internal groups, and external groups, including Expert Committees and authors, to ensure the accurate and timely completion, review, and delivery of scientific and technical materials.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provides notetaking support for the Council of Experts’ official and working meetings by writing meeting minutes and executive summaries

  • Performs proofreading, copyediting, and substantive editing of scientific and technical content, meeting minutes, and executive summaries

  • Writes and edits manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and other publications related to Council of Experts (CoE)/Science Division initiatives, adhering to appropriate style and requirements

  • Partners with other Technical Writers, USP Scientific Staff, and USP business units to develop, write, and edit scientific and technical content

  • Performs draft reviews of general chapters, Stimuli articles, and journal submissions, with a focus on substantive editing for clarity and accuracy, as well as copyediting for style and grammar

  • Performs QC of content, which includes ensuring that references, grammar, spelling, and formatting are correct

  • Ensures that USP written content and materials adhere to the correct style, as set forth in the General Chapter and Stimuli Article Style Guide, USP Minutes Style Guide, and related resources, e.g., Chicago Manual of Style, ACS, and AMA

  • Ensures a consistent style of presentation of USP content to maintain quality and ease of review

  • Collaborates in the development of guidelines and formats for different types of documents as requested

  • Ensures that content meets customer needs and specifications and adheres to quality standards for graphics, format, style, and delivery

  • Establishes strong working relationships with USP staff and expert volunteers; communicates effectively and professionally with industry stakeholders, government liaisons, FDA, and other regulatory staff

  • Science Division collaboration

  • Supports cross-divisional process improvements for Standards development

  • Provides technical and editorial support to scientific staff as needed

  • Contributes to presentations on publications, scientific topics, and feedback as needed

  • Contributes to projects related to publication strategies or for the improvement of processes, quality, and style

  • Maintains current knowledge of relevant technology as assigned

  • Participates in special projects when requested

  • Performs all other job duties as requested or assigned

Basic Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field, English, communications, journalism, or technical writing

Technical Writer I:

  • Minimum of 2 years of experience as a scientific or technical writer

  • Minimum of 1 year of experience with notetaking

Preferred Qualifications

  • Mastery of the English language, with a comprehensive understanding and correct use of English grammar

  • Outstanding written communication skills

  • Knowledge of researching, writing, editing, and reviewing scientific and technical documents

  • Strong writing and editing skills

  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical and scientific research concepts and understanding of scientific data analysis

  • Highly detail oriented, paying close attention to accuracy, consistency, and clarity of the written information

  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects in a timely manner

  • Proficient in Window OS and Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills

  • Ability to adapt style and content for different target audiences

  • Ability to work cross-functionally, collaborate, negotiate with, and influence peers at all levels of the organization

  • Ability to identify and summarize key points from highly complex presentations and discussions

  • Proficiency in a virtual environment, with ability to facilitate and participate in WebEx meetings, and use of virtual communications software (Outlook, Teams, Jabber, Slack)

Supervisory Responsibilities



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.

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 Professional Programs

Job Type Full-Time