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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Scientist III/ IV, Biologics in Rockville, Maryland


This is a highly technical, hands-on, and non-supervisory position in USP’s Biologics & Biotechnology Laboratory. In this role, the scientist is responsible for method development and evaluation, characterization of biologics, and collaborative testing of biologics reference standards in support of the function and activities at Global Biologics and USP. The scientist will have mastered common techniques within the laboratory setting and is able to contribute to provide input and solutions to the challenging projects. The scientist will execute 70% - 100% of their work at the bench level.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Performs analysis of biopharmaceutical test samples using a variety of methods such as cell based bioassays, ligand binding assays, enzymatic assays, immunoassays, anti microbial potency testing, protein and DNA analysis

  • Develops and evaluates validated methods used for the measurement of biological attributes, develops validation protocols and execute the validation plans

  • Performs peer-review of analytical data along with collaborative test and research reports

  • Generates final reports and prepares data for presentations interdepartmentally and to committee members

  • Uses existing databases to document progress of projects. Track, report and communicate the status of assignments to management on a regular basis

  • Works with cross-functional teams within the organization to solve both technical and process-related issues.

  • Demonstrates strong technical skill, interest and expertise in specific laboratory methods and troubleshoots instrumentation within area of expertise

  • Seeks out innovative ways to apply knowledge or skills to improve protocols and results

  • Actively engages overall project and ensures own work is aligned with overarching goals

  • Shares technical expertise with fellow lab staff and serves as a mentor for them

  • Recommends and implements new approaches or processes to improve laboratory operations, keeping up to date of current technological trends in the pharmaceutical industry

  • Assists lab head in planning, implementing and evaluating laboratory procedures/systems

  • Attends scientific seminars and conferences

  • Performs additional tasks as required for the position

Basic Qualifications

Scientist III: Ph.D. in biochemistry or related field, or an MS in biochemistry or related field with five (5) years of experience or a BS in biochemistry or related field with seven (7) years of experience

Scientist IV: Ph.D. in biochemistry or related field with five (5) years of relevant laboratory experience, or an MS in biochemistry or related field with seven (7) years of experience or a BS in biochemistry or related field with ten (10) years of experience

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted. Laboratory experience must include bioassay, potency tests, enzymatic assays, immunoassays, microbial testing, protein and DNA analysis in general. Candidate must be experienced in assay development and validation protocols and procedures following ICH, FDA, and USP.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Thorough understanding and experience in functional assays for biologics, such as ELISA, potency tests, enzyme based assays, ligand binding assays, microbial testing, PCR-based amplification, and protein analysis

  • Experience in cell culture techniques and cell-based bioassay. Knowledge in cell immunofluorescence methods including fluorescent microscopic based method and flow-cytometric method is a plus.

  • Able to analyze and interpret data using appropriate statistical methods and calculations for relative potency determination, including but not limited to, PLA methods

  • Solid knowledge and experience using the statistical analysis software, for example, JMP, PLA & CombiStats

  • Good understanding and working knowledge of biotherapeutics characterization, intact protein analysis, peptide mapping, and post translational modification analyses.

  • Experience in validation protocols and procedures following ICH and USP-NF

  • Working experience in the pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology industry strongly preferred

  • Plans and conducts research projects independently and has the ability to build technical expertise in others by serving as a mentor

  • Ability to learn new technologies and strong computer, scientific, and organizational skills

  • Ability to summarize and present data at meetings to a wide range of audiences

  • Must possess excellent written and verbal communications skills as well as interpersonal skills

  • Results driven with demonstrated successful outcomes

  • Individual must possess the ability to handle multiple priorities in fast-paced environment

Supervisory Responsibilities


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