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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Scientist III, Analytical Development Laboratory 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 authorities 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.

Scientist III is a non-supervisory, technical position in USP’s Analytical Development Laboratory directly reporting to a team lead or a lab manager. The scientist is responsible for working on projects related to the research, evaluation, development, and validation of procedures that directly support creation/revisions of monographs, general chapters, or other USP standards related to small molecule drug substances, drug products, dietary supplements, food ingredients and excipients. The Scientist III has experience in various analytical techniques, more specifically in chromatography, and can troubleshoot, possibly guide, and provide input on difficult projects, while drawing independent conclusions about the results. This is a hands-on position, which requires most of the work in the laboratory.

How will YOU build impact here at USP?

Laboratory work [80%]

• Work independently, or with little guidance, to evaluate, develop, and validate HPLC procedures or other methodologies for the analysis of identification, assay and organic impurities for small molecule drug substances, drug products, dietary supplements, food ingredients and excipients.

• Plan and implement experiments, provide input on/draw conclusions, and clearly communicate the results with the project team.

• Assess the submitted procedures based on the method verification work and support the review of the final draft of the procedure.

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

• Collaborates in a team setting to achieve goals.

Training, Cross-Collaboration and Continuous Learning [20%]

• Demonstrate a strong desire to continue learning, and proactively seek opportunities to grow personal capability.

• May participate and/or present at internal and external scientific meetings.

• May train staff in processes, techniques, and instrumentation.

• May recommend and implement creative approaches or processes to improve laboratory operations.

Who USP is Looking For?

The successful candidate will have a clear understanding of our mission, dedication to excellence through inclusive and equitable behaviors and practices, ability to quickly build credibility with partners, along with the following proficiencies and experience:

• Bachelor’s degree in a scientific field with 7-years of confirmed experience, or

• Master’s degree in a scientific field with 5-years of confirmed experience, or

• Ph. D. degree in a scientific field.

• Working knowledge, understanding, and hands-on experience with liquid or gas chromatography analyses (HPLC, UPLC, GC), as well as other general analytical chemistry principles and techniques.

Additional Desired Preferences

• Knowledge of small molecule/natural product analysis by NMR (especially qNMR), vibrational spectroscopy, LC/MS, IC, and/or GC/MS.

• Experience with quantitative LC/MS/MS and/or GC/MS/MS is a plus.

• Experience working in a fast-paced environment with multi-layered priorities

• Flexible and concurrent management of multiple tasks.

• Experience working in the compendial, pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology industry is preferred.

• Experience working in GLP or ISO-17025 regulated laboratories is a plus.

• Experience working with Empower chromatography software and Electronic Laboratory Notebook Software is a plus.

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 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 Chemistry & Scientific Standards

Job Type Full-Time