The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Scientific Technical Writer I in Rockville, Maryland
Who is 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's fundamental belief that Equity = Excellence manifests in our core value of Passion for Quality through our more than 1,100 hardworking professionals across five global locations to deliver the mission to strengthen the supply of safe, quality medicines and supplements worldwide.
Brief Job Overview
The Scientific Technical Writer I position is responsible for collaborating with USP Scientific Staff and Expert Volunteers for the overall development of high-quality scientific and technical materials. The Scientific Technical Writer I will collaborate with the other Scientific Technical Writers, Scientific Liaisons, and other USP business units to ensure the scientifically accurate and timely completion, review, and delivery of scientific and technical materials.
How will YOU build impact here at USP?
· Provide note taking support for the Council of Experts' official and working meetings by writing meeting minutes and notes
· Perform proofreading, copyediting, and substantive editing of scientific and technical content
· Proofread manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals and other publications related to USP Science
· Review scientific content with a focus on editing for clarity, accuracy, style, and grammar, and ensuring references and formatting are correct
· Ensure that USP written content and materials adhere to the correct style as set forth in the USP General Content Style Guide, USP Minutes and Notes Style Guide, and related resources, e.g., Chicago Manual of Style and style guides from the American Chemical Society (ACS) and American Medical Association (AMA)
· Ensure consistent branding and messaging for USP content
· Ensure that content meets customer needs and specifications and adheres to quality standards for graphics, format, style, and delivery
· Establish strong working relationships with USP staff, Expert Volunteers, industry stakeholders, Government Liaisons, FDA, and other regulatory staff
· Support Global Science & Standards Division initiatives by providing writing and editing support for content related to new and emerging USP documentary and reference standards
· Participate in special projects when requested
· Perform all other job duties as requested or assigned
Who USP is Looking For?
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of our mission, commitment to excellence through inclusive and equitable behaviors and practices, ability to quickly build credibility with team members, along with the following competencies and experience:
· Bachelor's degree in a scientific field, English, communications, journalism, or technical writing
· Minimum of 2 years of experience as a scientific or technical writer, editor, or copyeditor
· Minimum of 1 year of experience in note taking
· Mastery of the English language, with a comprehensive understanding and correct use of English grammar
· Strong writing and editing skills
· Ability to identify and summarize key points from highly complex presentations and discussions
· Proficient in Windows OS, Adobe, and Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
· Ability to work in a hybrid work environment (combination of onsite and remote)
Additional Desired Preferences
· Outstanding written communication skills
· Knowledge of researching, writing, editing, and reviewing scientific and technical documents
· Knowledge of pharmaceutical and scientific research concepts and familiarity with scientific data analysis
· Highly detail oriented, paying close attention to accuracy, consistency, and clarity of written information
· Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects in a timely manner
· Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
· Ability to adapt style and content for different target audiences
· Ability to work cross-functionally, collaborate, and influence colleagues at all levels of the organization
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 is 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.
USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of our work --from the standards we make to the partnerships and conversations we cultivate. An environment where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, and family status. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.
Note: 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 Professional Programs
Job Type Full-Time