Scientist II/III (Stability Testing)
US Pharmacopeial - Rockville, MD

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Summary of the Position:
This is a hands-on, non-supervisory position in the Stability Team of USP’s Reference Standards Laboratory. In this role, the Scientist III works on technical problems in analytical chemistry that directly support stability studies on candidate reference materials. The Scientist III has mastered a broad range of analytical techniques and the ability to conduct independent research with essentially no errors. 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 analysis in the laboratory;
  • Routinely applies personal experience, academic training, and technical insights – including emerging sciences – to solve highly complex technical problems within the laboratory;
  • Participates in stability testing of reference materials, primarily APIs and drug products (small molecules, biologics), including report generation, using a broad range of analytical methodologies;
  • Organizes, implements, and evaluates testing of reference standards materials;
  • Attends scientific seminars and presents publications;
  • 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;
  • Energetically leads small informal teams and projects to execute technical tasks;
  • 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;
  • Serves as a mentor for scientists in the laboratory regarding technical knowledge, work ethic, and attitude.
Required Skills

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Excellent project management skills and the capability to plan and conduct research independently. Strong communication and presentation skills, both verbal and written. Experience in conducting pharmaceutical stability studies strongly preferred. Thorough understanding of chromatographic analyses (LC, GC), as well as other general analytical chemistry principles. Takes personal responsibility to ensure work is delivered on time and is the highest possible quality. Skill to anticipate, troubleshoot, and solve technical problems.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Required Experience