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Scientist I, Reference Standard Laboratory

United States Pharmacopeia
Rockville, MD
Start date
Oct 1, 2022

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Research, Laboratory
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details


This is a non-supervisory, technical position in USPs Reference Standard Laboratory. In this role, the incumbent is responsible for designing and executing experiments supporting Reference Standards evaluations and product investigations. 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. S/he has experience 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. S/he can 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 to design the most effective experimental plan, data collection and review. S/he will 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 I: B.S. in Science and 0-3 years of relevant laboratory experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Experience with LCMS and GCMS.
  • 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 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 Conventions (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.

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 contractors legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

Job Category Chemistry & Scientific Standards

Job Type Full-Time


USP is an independent, scientific nonprofit organization focused on building trust in the supply of safe, quality medicines. We are working to strengthen the global supply chain so that the medicines people rely on for health are available when needed and work as expected. We do this through establishing public scientific standards and programs that help ensure billons of people around the world have access to safe and quality products.

USP aspires to be a diverse, inclusive, innovative, and engaging organization that empowers and engages staff and volunteers to contribute to its mission to improve global health. We are committed to creating a culture where every employee feels fully empowered and valued irrespective of, but not limited to, personality, race, ethnicity, physical and mental abilities, education, religion, gender identity and expression, life experience, sexual orientation, country of origin, regional differences, work experience, family status, and where they can contribute their full potential to accomplish our mission.

At USP, you’ll join a talented and diverse team of 1,200 scientific, technical and public health professions, working in state-of-the-art facilities and collaborating with the world’s leading experts from industry, academia, healthcare, and government to address public health challenges and advance cutting-edge innovation.

Whether you’re helping to establish new USP standards, creating key resources to address emerging health issues, or providing critical technical assistance in the developing countries, you’ll be inspired by the positive impact your work has on building public trust and a healthier tomorrow.

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