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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Scientist I/II, Reference Standard Laboratory in Rockville, Maryland


This is a hands-on, non-supervisory position in USP’s Reference Standards Laboratory. The Scientist II will contribute to the scientific expertise and work ethic of the laboratory through a broad range of technical support and knowledge. A Scientist II has mastered many common techniques in the laboratory and is able to contribute their own observations and input to difficult projects. The incumbent will provide technical assistance to collaborative testing and the continued suitability for use program by performing analytical tests, reviewing analytical data, and preparing summary reports. The incumbent may execute 90% - 100% of their work at the bench level.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrates solid scientific approach to analysis in the laboratory.

  • Routinely applies personal experience, academic training, and technical insights – including emerging sciences – to solve complex technical problems within the laboratory.

  • Conducts analysis of reference standard candidates using a broad range of analytical methodologies.

  • Organizes, implements, and evaluates testing of reference standards materials.

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

  • Reviews literature for analytical test methods, as well as interprets and evaluates data.

  • Executes all testing and analysis of data with excellence and essentially no errors.

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

  • Pursues, recommends, and implements new approaches or processes to improve laboratory operations.

  • Positively influences project direction by ensuring their own work is congruent with overall direction of laboratory projects.

  • Assists with other testing programs and duties in the laboratory as needed..

Basic Qualifications

  • BS with 2 years (Sci I) OR BS with 4 years of relevant experience (Sci II), OR MS degree with 2 years of relevant experience in field of chemistry, pharmacy, or equivalent.

  • Working knowledge of common analytical methods and procedures [examples include Infrared Spectroscopy (IR), Ultraviolet Spectroscopy (UV), Chromatography (TLC, HPLC, GC)], and expertise in calibrating and operating analytical instruments are required.

  • Understanding of chromatographic analyses, as well as other general analytical chemistry principles required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written.

  • Experience working in the pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology industry strongly preferred.

  • Knowledge of DEA, ICH guidelines and FDA regulations, and experience with compendial procedures and compliance strongly preferred.

  • Proficiency with electronic documentation systems strongly preferred.

  • Takes personal responsibility to ensure work is delivered on time and is the highest possible quality.

  • Skills to anticipate, troubleshoot, and solve technical problems.

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.

The following COVID-19 provisions will apply to selected candidate(s) hired:

As a condition of employment with United States Pharmacopeial Convention’s (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

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