Scientist II/III (874-679)
This is a hands-on, non-supervisory position in USP’s Reference Standards Laboratory. The Scientist II/III will contribute to the scientific expertise and work ethic of the laboratory through a broad range of technical support and knowledge. A Scientist II/III 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 collaborating 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 own work is congruent with overall direction of laboratory projects;
- Assists with other testing programs and housekeeping duties in the laboratory as needed.
Scientist II: BS with 4 years of experience or MS degree with 2 years of experience in field of chemistry, pharmacy, or equivalent.
Scientist III: BS with 7 years of experience or MS degree with 5 years of 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. Extensive understanding of chromatographic analyses, as well as other general analytical chemistry principles required.
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.
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.Required Experience Job Location Rockville, Maryland, United States Position Type Full-Time/Regular