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Scientific Editor 1087-679

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The United States Pharmacopeial Convention

Rockville, MD

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This is a non-supervisory, deadline-driven position responsible for performing various high-impact editorial functions for the publication of USP documents and sections of publications. The Editor reviews USP documents for content, style, grammar, syntax, referencing, and readability. The incumbent in this role will collaborate with scientific experts, as needed, to ensure quality, clarity, and consistency of work. Editor will participate in team meetings to ensure the timely completion of work as outlined by the Master schedule. The incumbent promotes the overall success of the organization by producing high quality products on schedule that meet the needs of the end users.

Roles and Responsibilities:

Edits and proofreads scientific materials across various USP publications and is responsible for improving and maintaining high quality USP documentary standards

Copyedits content so that it is well-written and complies with USP style. Ensures that grammar, syntax, and spelling are correct and prepares documents for transfer to production

Serves as a scientific and publications subject matter expert for assigned publication content

Displays critical thinking using their knowledge and expertise when reviewing scientific content and collaborates with science experts as needed to ensure accuracy of scientific data

Demonstrates sound decision-making while preparing high-impact scientific documents by identifying errata or other errors that affect end-users outside of USP

Reviews and updates documentation to ensure alignment with current publication processes

Maintains pace with ongoing product and style changes through ongoing training and participation in team meetings

Leads presentations on publications and scientific topics, as needed

Takes ownership on projects related to publications or for the improvement of processes, quality and style

Contributes to final product reviews and quality control checks, such as proofreading paginated output, checking version continuity, proofreading indexes, and reviewing online content for quality and functionality

Performs other duties as required/assigned

Minimum Requirements


Bachelor’s degree in English, Journalism, Communications, or a life science, or an equivalent combination of training and experience required


At least 2 years in editing of scientific, technical, or medical materials

Experience in book and/or journal editing in print and electronic formats

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of grammar, spelling, and application of in-house style guides

Experience working with electronic file tracking and workflow procedures

Knowledge and/or use of SGML, XML, or HTML

Demonstrated computer skills in a PC environment, along with proficiency in computer applications including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, Adobe Acrobat Professional, and an HTML or XML editor, utilizing track changes and reviewing tools in such programs

Knowledge of pharmaceutical and scientific research concepts and understanding of scientific data analysis

Thrives in a results-oriented and deadline-driven environment

Keen eye for detail

Efficient written and oral communication skills, including developing and delivering presentations when needed

Has the ability to navigate multi-layered publications systems and processes

effectively multitask

work and research problems independently when appropriate and understands when to escalate issues

establish effective working relationships in a team setting through active participation

engage in training/mentoring with senior staff

Supervisory Responsibilities:


USP offers an impressive benefits package

, including:

Generous paid time off – 13 paid holidays, 10 sick days and 15 vacation days per year to start

An annual 401(k) contribution, beginning after 1 year of service, of 10% of pay (base and bonus) every pay period that vests immediately

Comprehensive individual and family healthcare plans with affordable premiums and low annual deductibles ($250/individual or $500/family)

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are used in more than 140 countries.

Being a part of USP means belonging to a diverse culture made up of more than 1,000 talented professionals working together at five international locations. We share our expertise in science, IT, human resources, quality assurance, communications, administrative management, and more...all to support an overall mission dedicated to making a difference by providing standards and programs that help improve the quality of medicines, dietary supplements, and foods 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.

Job Location

Rockville, Maryland, United States

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The United States Pharmacopeial Convention (USP) is a scientific nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements manufactured, distributed and consumed worldwide. USP’s drug standards are enforceable in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration, and these standards are developed and relied upon in more than 140 countries.

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