This is a hands-on, non-supervisory position in USP’s Reference Standards Laboratory. In this role, the Scientist III will perform a variety of chemical analyses to assess the identity and purity of candidate reference materials. The Scientist III will work as a member of a team to effectively conduct general analytical tests using established plans and official test procedures. The Scientist III will make advances in science, processes, or internal capability that result in new or improved scientific expertise in the laboratory. The Scientist III may execute 90%-100% of their work at the bench level.
Roles and Responsibilities:
Demonstrates solid scientific approach to analyses conducted in the laboratory;
Performs chemical analyses of reference standard materials to determine the chemical composition and purity of substance by various analytical methods;
Records experimental data, ensuring clear and accurate transcription of results and calculations;
Generates and reports scientifically sound, reproducible, and accurate data;
Executes all testing and analysis of data with excellence and essentially no errors;
Implements testing of reference standards materials in a timely manner;
Conducts routine statistical calculations;
Interprets and evaluates the obtained data;
Analyzes data to ensure internal customer expectations are achieved;
Performs peer review of data;
Effectively collaborates with other Scientists in Reference Standards Laboratory;
Routinely applies personal experience, academic training, and technical insights to solve technical problems within the laboratory;
Reviews literature for analytical test methods;
Pursues, recommends, and implements new approaches or processes to improve laboratory operations, methods, and processes;
Investigates, evaluates, and recommends the purchase of laboratory equipment;
Demonstrates a strong desire to continue learning and grow personal capability;
Attends scientific seminars and presents publications;
Trains other scientists in various analytical methods and shares knowledge and technical experience as needed.
Ph.D. in science or MS and 5 years of relevant laboratory experience AND Biochemistry experience required. An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted. Industry experience a PLUS.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Training, and Experience:
Excellent organizational skills and capability to plan and conduct research independently as well as in a group setting. Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written. Working knowledge of common analytical methods and procedures. Proficient with testing involving compendial methods for raw materials (USP, BP, EP, etc.). Expert in chromatographic methods and related instrument troubleshooting, proficient in other analytical instrumentation (such as KF, UV, IR, etc.) and in various biochemical techniques (such as functional bioassays, gel-electrophoresis, size-exclusion chromatography, affinity chromatography, gel filtration, Western blot analysis, peptide mapping, amino acid analysis, etc.). Skill to anticipate, troubleshoot, and solve technical problems. Proven personal responsibility to ensure that work is delivered on time and of the highest quality possible. Prior experience in a high volume pharmaceutical manufacturing QC laboratory or contract pharmaceutical analytical laboratory testing organization is a plus. Ph.D. in science is strongly preferred.
Local candidates strongly preferred.
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