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The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) Scientist II/III, Analytical Development Laboratory in Rockville, Maryland

Description

This is a non-supervisory, technical position in USP’s Compendial Development Laboratory (CDL). In this role, the Scientist II/III is responsible for working on technical problems in analytical chemistry related to the development and validation of specific methods that directly support monograph creation/revisions to the various USP compendia. This work includes development and/or validation of analytical procedures supporting the identity, strength, and purity of drug substances, drug products, dietary supplements, or excipients. The Scientist II/III has a broad range of experience in various analytical techniques in the laboratory and can troubleshoot, possibly lead, and provide input on difficult projects, while drawing independent conclusions about the results. He or she will make advances in science, processes, and internal capability that result in new or improved scientific expertise in the laboratory. The Scientist II/III may execute 75%-100% of their work at the bench level.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Works independently 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;

  • Routinely applies personal experience, academic training, and technical insights to solve technical problems;

  • Conducts method development and validation of analytical procedures according to USP and international standards;

  • Perform all experimental activities and provide input on / draw conclusions required to evaluate proposed compendial procedures and reference materials;

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

  • Assists and / or conducts planning of experiments required for all projects, as well as interprets and evaluates data;

  • Energetically participates and coordinates activities with laboratory teams and internal customers to execute technical tasks and communicate results of work;

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

  • May decide on the utilization of results or changes in project direction;

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

  • Participates and / or presents at internal and external scientific meetings;

  • May train less experienced staff in various aspects of ADL work/processes/instrumentation;

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

  • Troubleshoots lab problems independently or with minimal assistance

  • Positively influences project direction by ensuring work is congruent with overall direction of the customer and laboratory team

Basic Qualifications

Scientist II

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline with four years of relevant experience. In limited circumstances, an equivalent combination of training or special scientific accomplishments is acceptable in lieu of the years of relevant experience.

OR

  • Master’s degree in a scientific discipline with two years of relevant experience. In limited circumstances, an equivalent combination of training or special scientific accomplishments is acceptable in lieu of the years of relevant experience.

AND

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

Scientist III

  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline with seven years of relevant experience. In limited circumstances, an equivalent combination of training or special scientific accomplishments is acceptable in lieu of the years of relevant experience.

OR

  • Master’s degree in a scientific discipline with five years of relevant experience. In limited circumstances, an equivalent combination of training or special scientific accomplishments is acceptable in lieu of the years of relevant experience.

OR

  • PhD. degree in a scientific discipline.

AND

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

Preferred Qualifications

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

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

  • Must have excellent project organization skills and the capability to plan and conduct research independently.

  • Possesses the skills to anticipate, troubleshoot, and solve technical problems.

  • Highly motivated individual with excellent technical writing and excellent oral communication skills.

  • Well-developed interpersonal, negotiation, and listening skills.

  • Must possess the ability to multi-task and to work effectively with a team

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

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

  • Experience working with Empower chromatography software is a plus.

Supervisory Responsibilities

None

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.

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

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