The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Scientist I/II, Dosage Form Performance Laboratory (DFPL) 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 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver the mission to strengthen the supply of safe, quality medicines and supplements worldwide.
Brief Job Overview
This is a hands-on, non-supervisory position in USP’s Dosage Form Performance Laboratory (DFPL). In this role, the Scientist I/II is responsible for conducting routine analyses relevant to the development and support of drug release testing methods. The Scientist I/II provides analytical support and generates laboratory data to assess the performance and quality of drug products and other USP reference standards. The incumbent works hands-on conducting testing and problem solving at the bench level.
How will YOU create impact here at USP?
Performs routine drug release testing and physicochemical analysis of developmental formulations and candidate reference materials; examples of test procedures include USP Apparatus 1 and 2 dissolution testing, UV-Vis analyses, Loss on Drying, Karl Fischer titrations, Disintegration, Hardness testing, Tablet Friability, Differential scanning calorimetry/ Thermogravimetric analysis, particle size determination by laser diffraction, liquid chromatography; Prepares laboratory solutions and reagents as needed.
Other job duties include:
• Log in and tracking of chemicals and samples.
• Participates in cross-functional teams involved in reference standards development, including test protocol generation and review.
• Conducts research into processes and techniques of relevance to pharmaceutical dosage form in vitro testing and dosage for performance characterization.
• Troubleshoots method and instrumentation issues. This will involve data mining, trending, and other analysis techniques to identify problems or determine process controls necessary to mitigate risks to data quality.
• Generates, review, and reports scientifically sound, reproducible, and accurate data.
• Takes ownership of assigned tasks and completes tasks in a timely manner with minimal errors.
• Trains less experienced staff in various aspects of laboratory analysis and testing procedures.
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 stakeholders, along with the following competencies and experience:
• Scientist I : Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry or related field with a minimum of three (3) years laboratory experience in a pharmaceutical testing environment.
• Scientist II : MS in Science or related field with minimum of three (3) years of experience in a pharmaceutical testing environment, or BA/BS in Chemistry or a related field with minimum of six (6) years of experience in a pharmaceutical testing environment.
Additional Desired Preferences
Good communication skills, both verbal and written. Exposure to common analytical methods and procedures. Understanding of common analytical methods and procedures, as well as other general analytical chemistry principles. Takes personal responsibility to ensure work is delivered on time and is of the highest possible quality.
Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written. Experience working in the pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology industry strongly preferred. Working knowledge of common analytical methods and procedures, and expertise in calibrating and operating dissolution and disintegration testing equipment. Good understanding of chromatographic analyses, as well as other general analytical chemistry principles. Takes personal responsibility to ensure work is delivered on time and is the highest possible quality. Skill to anticipate, troubleshoot, and solve technical problems.
No 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 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