Director, Clinical Biomarkers, Infectious Disease

Cambridge, MA
May 08, 2022
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a Director of Clinical Biomarkers to serve as a scientific leader and point of contact for clinical teams in the Infectious Disease (ID) space with responsibilities for developing and driving pivotal biomarker plans across clinical stage ID programs.  This position reports to Moderna’s Sr. Director of Infectious Disease, Clinical Biomarkers.  The Director will work collaboratively across multiple clinical teams to ensure strategy, planning, execution and data delivery of biomarker lab data for early and late phase infectious disease vaccine clinical trials conducted by Moderna.

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  • Partner with a team of dedicated and senior Clinical Biomarker scientists on the science and bioanalytical assays for Moderna’s early and late phase infectious disease vaccine programs

  • Collaborate with clinical and research teams to define overall biomarker strategies for high priority programs

  • Oversee biomarker plans and strategy with input from research and clinical leads for ID studies

  • Responsible to ensure assay labs complete appropriate development, qualification or validation of biomarker assays in order to execute the clinical biomarker plan on time and with good quality for ID clinical programs

  • Ensure timely and efficient delivery of all biomarker operational aspects across multiple ID clinical trials

  • Develop and provide operational input and recommendations into all study related documentation (including protocol, lab manual, informed consent form, IB and regulatory filings) and processes, and ensure collection, delivery and analysis of biosamples in compliance with these documents as well as GCP/ICH

  • Serve as a primary point of contact for biomarker operations across ID teams, and with external collaborators, assay labs and CROs.

  • Contribute to the identification and selection of biomarker vendors and aid in building the strategy for the selection of those vendors

  • Serve as the primary point of contact for interpretation and troubleshooting of bioanalytical data for high priority programs

  • Lead biomarker sub teams and participate in clinical team meetings

  • Participate in committees and work streams that support process and procedure for standardized language, biomarker usage, and data transfer and collection

Here’s What You’ll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD (with at least 10 years pharmaceutical/biotechnology experience) in a related science with a focus on infectious disease.

  • Experience leading a team of clinical translational or biomarker leaders and deep understanding of the role of clinical biomarkers across drug development from early phase through licensure

  • Deep understanding of the regulatory expectations for pivotal biomarkers in clinical trials

  • Solid experience in the application of biomarkers during development of assets required including experience with clinical translational research, development, validation and implementation of biomarkers in the ID space.

  • Experience in Infectious disease programs (Ex: Human respiratory viruses / Human herpes viruses / HIV / Human Flaviviruses / Bacterial diseases) is highly desirable.

  • Experience in managing third party assay laboratories, collaborations and budget management.

  • Strong communication and project management skills

Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
  • Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
  • Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes 
  • Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
  • Adoption and family-planning benefits
  • Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    •    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    •    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    •    Discretionary winter shut down 
    •    Paid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
  • Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 401k match and Financial Planning tools
  • Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
  • Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Location-specific perks and extras!

Candidates should be aware that Moderna currently maintains a policy requiring all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible. Newly hired employees must be vaccinated and boosted prior to their employment start date. Moderna is an equal opportunity employer and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those unable to be vaccinated or receive a booster where it is not an undue hardship to the company to do so as provided under federal, state, and local law.

About Moderna

In over 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.