Scientific Editor (WP)
US Pharmacopeial - Rockville, MD

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Summary of the Position:

This is a deadline-driven position responsible for performing various online editorial functions for the publication of USP documents and sections of publications for content, style, grammar, syntax, referencing and readability. The incumbent in this role will communicate with science experts, as needed, to ensure quality, clarity, and consistency of work and will participate in team meetings to ensure the timely completion of work by using several workflow tracking systems.

Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Edits and proofreads scientific materials.
  • Copyedits content so that it is well-written and complies with USP style.
  • Ensures that grammar, syntax, and spelling are correct and prepares these documents for transfer to production.
  • Communicates with science experts as needed to ensure quality and clarity of content.
  • Applies XML tagging to scientific content.
  • Uses an electronic workflow and document repository system.
  • Undergoes training and mentoring programs.
  • Performs other duties as required/assigned.
Required Skills Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Experience in book and/or journal editing in print and electronic formats; has demonstrated computer skills in a PC environment, along with proficiency in computer applications including Microsoft Office (Word, Access, Excel), Adobe Acrobat Professional, and an HTML or XML editor; and thrives in a results-oriented, deadline-driven environment. Essential qualities include a keen eye for detail and the ability to: 1) navigate multi-layered publications systems and processes, 2) work under tight deadlines in a multi-tasking environment; 3) work independently when appropriate, and yet understand when to escalate issues; and 4) establish effective working relationships in a team setting.

Required Experience Minimum Requirements:

Education :

Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or a life science.


2-5 years in editing of scientific, technical, or medical materials. Comfortable in working with electronic work tracking and workflow procedures. Knowledge and/or use of SGML/XML/HTML.