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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Scientist I in Rockville, Maryland


Summary of the Position

This is a hands-on, non-supervisory position in USP’s Analytical Development Laboratory (ADL). In this role, the individual is responsible for supporting a laboratory team which is working on technical problems in analytical chemistry related to the development and validation of specific methods that directly support standard creation/revisions to the various USP publications. The successful candidate supports laboratory staff by conducting experiments under defined conditions, overseeing controlled substance usage and waste disposal, maintaining logbooks/equipment, ordering and inventory of laboratory supplies, preparing samples and reagents, and assisting with special projects/assignments. This individual may execute 90%-100% of their work at the bench level.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Energetically participates in activities with laboratory teams and internal customers to execute technical tasks and communicate results of work.

  • Executes all aspects of testing (including sample preparation, instrument setup, data collection) with excellence and essentially no errors.

  • Records experimental data, ensuring clear and accurate transcription of results and calculations.

  • Routinely applies personal experience, academic training, and technical insights to solve problems.

  • Performs laboratory support duties such as ordering, receiving, maintaining inventory, disposing, and tracking of controlled substances and monitoring, collecting, and arranging for chemical waste disposal.

  • Keeps laboratory supplies ready by maintaining inventory of stock, placing orders, verifying receipt, labeling them properly, and storing in proper storage locations.

  • Maintain equipment operation by following operating instructions, troubleshooting breakdowns, calibrating simple laboratory equipment as necessary, maintaining instrument supplies.

  • Participates in chemical and column inventory activities by tracking, removing expired/retired chemicals and labeling materials appropriately.

  • Demonstrates a strong desire to continue learning and grow personal capability.

  • Participates in internal scientific meetings, especially group and project meetings; May pursue, recommend, and implement new approaches or processes to improve laboratory operations.

  • Be a point of contact for the laboratory with Facility and Metrology teams.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelors Degree in a scientific discipline

  • Two years experience

  • An equivalent combination of associates degree with experience, training and/or special scientific accomplishments may be considered

  • Ability to pass a background check to work with controlled substances

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and hands-on experience working in a laboratory setting.

  • Working knowledge and hands-on experience with general analytical techniques

  • Excellent project organization skills and the capability to conduct work independently.

  • Highly motivated individual with excellent writing and oral communication skills.

  • Strong proficiency in computer software ( e.g . Microsoft Office).

  • Well-developed interpersonal, negotiation, and listening skills.

  • Possesses the ability to multi-task and to work effectively with a team.

  • Takes personal responsibility to ensure work is delivered on time and is of the highest possible quality.USP offers an impressive benefits package, including:

  • Generous paid time off – 15 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.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.

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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 Chemistry & Scientific Standards

Job Type Full-Time