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

Scientist III, Senior Scientist III

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Job Description

This is a non-supervisory, technical position in USP’s Reference Standard Laboratory. In this role, the incumbent is responsible for designing and executing experiments supporting Reference Standards evaluations, product investigations, and stability testing. This work includes development, execution and/or validation of complex analytical procedures supporting the identity, strength, and purity of the evaluated material. The incumbent may execute 60% - 80% of their work at the bench level. He/She has experience or knowledge of drug stability, is recognized as having extensive knowledge and experience in a broad range of analytical techniques or is a subject matter expert in a specific area in the laboratory. He/She is able to direct, troubleshoot, and share insights on complex projects, while drawing independent conclusions about the results and determines how to proceed with the project. They closely collaborate with other scientists and/or other USP personnel in order to design the most effective experimental plan, data collection and review. He/She may actively perform testing at the bench and/or be responsible for reviewing collected data as well as ensuring the project is completed in a timely manner.

Roles and Responsibilities

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

  • Works independently and may direct others to develop and validate methodologies for the analysis of drug substances, drug products, dietary substances, and excipients;

  • Demonstrates solid scientific approach to analysis in the laboratory;

  • Troubleshoots difficult/unusual lab problems independently; assists others with troubleshooting

  • Provides technical oversight to laboratory scientists, by reviewing data, plans and reports;

  • Directs the planning of research and development required for all projects; reviews literature; acts as a resource to others in the planning of projects and analysis of results

  • Executes analytical testing when assigned

  • Works with the other team members to develop effective testing plans and experimental designs

Basic Qualifications

Scientist III

  • Ph.D. in Science

  • M.A. and 5 years of relevant laboratory experience, or

  • B.A. /B.S. in Science and 7 years of relevant laboratory experience

Senior Scientist III

  • Ph.D. in Science and 2 years of relevant laboratory experience, or

  • M.S. in Science and 7 years of relevant laboratory experience, or

  • B.A. /B.S. in Science and 10 years of relevant laboratory experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in the pharmaceutical industry

  • The ability to influence without direct authority

  • Results driven with demonstrated successful outcomes

  • Good understanding of chromatographic analyses, as well as other general analytical chemistry principles.

  • Skills to anticipate, troubleshoot, and solve technical problems

  • Experience in development, execution and/or validation of complex analytical procedures

  • Experience in conducting accelerated drug stability testing

  • Experience in managing product investigations

  • Skills to establish testing plans and experimental designs

Supervisory Responsibilities

This is a hands-on laboratory position with no supervisory responsibilities.

USP offers an impressive benefits package , including:

  • Generous paid time off – 13 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 ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods 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.

Job Location

Rockville, Maryland, United States

Position Type


Job Category Laboratories