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Principal Scientist, Clinical Informaticist

United States Pharmacopeia
Rockville, MD
Start date
Sep 1, 2023

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

Job Details


Who is 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's fundamental belief that Equity = Excellence manifests in our core value of Passion for Quality through our more than 1,100 talented professionals across five global locations to deliver the mission to strengthen the supply of safe, quality medicines and supplements worldwide.

Brief Job Overview

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 division. This role will be responsible for contributing to the development of future standards and solutions for Healthcare Information and Technology that addresses the needs of healthcare professionals as well as for supporting key workstreams overseeing all clinical informatic related topics. This includes partnership and collaboration with USP Expert Committees, external experts, and cross-functional teams on exploring key topics or other emerging areas through leading critical evaluation of relevant literature, scientific data and evidence and development of priority standards and solutions.

In addition, this position coordinates and facilitates the workplans related to the above with all relevant USPs Expert Committees and healthcare practitioner input into USP standards-setting activities. This individual will drive outreach to key stakeholders at key conferences and related events and coordinate development of key stakeholder forums, workshops, roundtables, and education to foster engagement and promote adoption of these standards and solutions.

How will YOU create impact here at USP?

Plan, organize, and lead the integration of technology projects to deliver specific measured results to stakeholders.

Lead funding opportunities through grant solicitation and submissions.

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

Keeps abreast of current trends and developments in new technologies, therapeutics and other emergent areas and provides recommendations for potential application of these areas to clinical informatics.

Works with the director and peers to develop concept papers, stimuli articles, and other position papers for use when communicating with other USP departments and external stakeholders.

Acts as USP liaison for governmental inter-agency activities.

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

Participates in the development and implementation of enhanced initiatives for stakeholder engagements on draft and final standards such as forums, workshops, roundtables and other events.

Develops, monitors and reports on the effectiveness of programs by establishing relevant evaluation metrics and collection capabilities; demonstrates use of quality improvement in daily work and operations.

Applies knowledge of current trends in public health and clinical informatics to prepare information for Expert Committee to facilitate decision-making.

Who USP is Looking For?

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated understanding of our mission, commitment to excellence through inclusive and equitable behaviors and practices, ability to quickly build credibility with stakeholders, along with the following competencies and experience:

Healthcare practitioner (e.g., Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Pharmacy, Pharmacy Technician, Physician Assistant, Physician, Informatics Professional or other healthcare related field member) with more than 7 years of relevant experience.

Degree or certification in healthcare informatics.

Three years experience in an IT role.

Additional Desired Preferences

Functional Knowledge

o Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite including advanced functions in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

o Possesses knowledge of the regulatory requirements for health system EHRs.

o Healthcare operations background desirable, such as health information management or other support functions.

o Epic or Cerner end user experience preferred.

o Familiarity with mappings between local terms and standard terminologies (SNOMED CT, ICD-10, RxNORM)

o Ability to synthesize, analyze, and interpret data

o Experience in change management within health systems.

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

o Understanding of USP standards-setting processes and compendial terminology.

o Knowledge of global pharmaceutical and healthcare industries and related trade associations.

Communication Skills

o Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

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

o Strong presentation and overall communication skills, both written and oral.

o Ability to lead meeting and resolve conflicts.

o Understanding of grant writing and submission process.

Project Management

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

o Expertise in evaluating research of evidence-based information.

o Demonstrates creativity, flexibility, and the ability to develop and review effective Expert Committee and Expert Panel work plans consistent with organizational mission and objectives.

o Ability to handle multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment.

o Ability to effectively prioritize and efficiently manage multiple programs.

o Results driven with demonstrated successful outcomes.

Relationship Building

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

o Ability to convene and collaborate with experts to complete projects.

o Ability to gain consensus.

o Ability and desire to work well with diverse employees and customers in a cooperative and friendly manner.

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

o Able to work flexible hours when needed. In addition to normal business hours of 8:30 a.m. 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, serves on a team to provide 24 hour a day, 7 days a week response to emergency alarm calls and can be available on short notice to support requests during unusual hours, especially early or late in the day during the business week.

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 is protected.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy (will apply to the selected candidate(s) hired):

As a condition of employment with the United States Pharmacopeial Convention's (USP) duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards, all employees and contingent staff hired after July 1st, 2021, must be fully vaccinated unless a reasonable accommodation is approved. Your recruiter will advise accordingly.

USP is proud to be an equal employment opportunity employer (EEOE) and affirmative action employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment in all aspects of our workfrom the standards we make to the partnerships and conversations we cultivate. An environment 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, and family status. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities.

Note: 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 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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