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


This is a professional individual contributor position that will be part of the Healthcare, Quality & Safety Center of Excellence under the Healthcare Patient Safety and Information group. This role will be responsible for contributing to the development of future standards and solutions impacting patient safety and healthcare information as it affects patients, practitioners, and healthcare systems by supporting key workstreams within Healthcare Safety and Quality, Nomenclature and Labeling and Healthcare and Information Expert Committees. This includes partnership and collaboration with other USP Expert Committees, external experts and cross-functional teams on exploring key topics such as USP Drug Classification, Medicare Model Guidelines, and or other emerging areas through leading critical evaluation of relevant literature, scientific data and evidence and development of priority standards and solutions. This position will also support the development and execution of balloting for nomenclature and briefing books for the expert committees.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Assists the scientist in planning and organizing of activities of the Expert Committee, subcommittees and Expert Panels to guide the development and revision of standards.

  • Assist the scientist in the communication with other USP departments and external stakeholders regarding briefing books, meetings, etc.

  • Identifies opportunities for and collaborates in the development of implementation tools including external stakeholder forums, communications, education course development and digital tools

  • Provides needed guidance on general and specific subject correspondence pertaining to healthcare patient safety and information and various USP policy issues both internally and externally including response to inquiries and stakeholder issues.

  • Provides assistance and guidance for standards that can impact global health stakeholders.

Basic Qualifications

Pharmacist with a doctoral degree in pharmacy, chemistry or pharmaceutics and 5 years of relevant experience. An equivalent combination of experience and education may be substituted (e.g., RPh, Pharmacy, or Healthcare related field).

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in global pharmaceutical policy is a plus.

  • Experience in outpatient pharmacy and Medicare services is a plus.

  • Microsoft Office Suite proficient.

  • Understanding and knowledge of organizational development within the context of non-profits.

  • Operates collaboratively at all levels of the organization in a highly technical environment.

  • Possesses knowledge of applicable Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic laws, regulations, and/or codes as they relate to medication safety, labeling, and nomenclature.

  • Possesses knowledge of applicable Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as they related to Medicare part D.

  • Understanding of USP standards-setting processes and compendial terminology. Expertise in contemporary compounding practices and associated professional activities. Knowledge of global pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and related trade associations.

  • Well-developed organizational, interpersonal communications, negotiation, writing, attention to detail, and strong listening skills.

  • Strong analytical skills and ability to work on basic processes as well as strategic initiatives required.

  • Able to provide presentations and overall communication skills, both written and oral.

  • Able to effectively prioritize and efficiently manage multiple programs.

  • Able to operate independently where appropriate yet understand when to escalate issues and how to establish effective working relationships in a team setting.

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.

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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