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


Summary of the Position

This is a professional hands-on, highly technical roles that supports the standard-setting activities of the USP-NF. The incumbent is responsible for revising and developing new USP chapters associated with spectroscopic techniques working in close collaboration with USP’s Expert Committees.

Roles and Responsibilities

• Oversees and facilitates all aspects of the development of documentary Standards for the USP-NF. Evaluates and analyzes supporting data and converts into USP editorial style and format.

• Collaborates with Reference Standards Laboratories, Publications, Executive Secretariat, Compendial Affairs, and other departments on documentary standards -related issues

• Participates in the development and/or review of USP’s professional education course materials and may serve as an instructor

• Assists in the activities of the USP Expert Committees and Expert Panels, as needed.

• Provides general scientific related support to other scientific and managerial staff.

• Responds to inquiries pertaining to USP-NF monographs and General Chapters.

• Writes general and specific subject correspondence pertaining to USP standards

• Keeps abreast of current trends and developments in related scientific fields.

• Communicates with other USP departments regarding projects related to validation studies, method development, and reference standards.

• Serves as representative of USP at professional meetings (scientific meetings organized by USP and other organizations, meetings at other pharmacopeias or regulatory agencies etc.). Gives public presentations on USP matters (as assigned)

Basic Qualifications

Senior Scientist I:

• Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or a related field and five (5) yrs. of relevant experience, or

• MS degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or a related field and seven (7) yrs. of relevant experience, or

• Combination of relevant work experience and education may be substituted

Senior Scientist II:

• Ph.D. degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or a related field and eight (8) yrs. of relevant experience, or

• MS degree in Chemistry, Engineering, or a related field and ten (10) yrs. of relevant experience, or

• Combination of relevant work experience and education may be substituted

Skills Sought

• Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry and the associated regulatory framework is essential.

• Experience in the development and implementation of PAT, including NIR and Raman spectroscopy, other at-/in- or on-line analytical techniques, and associated software.

• Knowledge on chemometric models and statistical principles and their applications for Continuous Manufacturing

Preferred Qualifications

• Able to establish and nurture relationships with individuals of varying backgrounds and learning styles.

• Practical experience with analytical spectroscopic techniques including NIR; Raman; mass spectrometry, NMR, etc.

• Strong presentation and communication skills (written and oral). Well-developed organizational, interpersonal communications, negotiation, writing, and strong listening skills.

• Project Management skills.

• Able to communicate effectively with representatives from pharmaceutical companies, government, and academic institutions.

• Practical experience with chromatographic procedures and method validation is preferred.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Not applicable


USP provides you with the benefits you need to protect yourself and your family today and tomorrow. From company-paid time off, comprehensive healthcare options to retirement savings, you can have peace of mind that your personal and financial wellbeing are protected.

About USP

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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Job Category Chemistry & Scientific Standards

Job Type Full-Time