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Executive Director, Head, Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Jul 29, 2022

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The Role:

Moderna is seeking an experienced leader and epidemiologist to assume the leadership of the epidemiology group in Infectious Diseases. A PhD in Epidemiology is required, with specific experience in pharmacoepidemiology studies highly desirable. Leadership and excellent communication skills are a must, as this role will have substantial requirement to work across functions and lead through influence to deliver a comprehensive operational study plan for development programs in the infectious disease portfolio. At least 10 years of industry experience is required, preferably within vaccine development.

This role will report to Modernas Therapeutic Area Head for Infectious Diseases, and will be the primary point person for the strategic development and execution of the Epidemiology Plans for the infectious disease projects. Approximately 10 program epidemiologists will report to this position. The position is based at Modernas Cambridge, MA or the Bethesda, MD site.

The successful candidate is driven, curious, collaborative, with a bold ambition to contribute to the development of ground-breaking mRNA-based vaccines. Ability to develop strategic plans within the observational study space is a clear requirement for the role.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Manage and develop a team of epidemiologists supporting a broad portfolio. Develop team capabilities in observational and Real World Evidence studies, pharmacoepidemiology, and cross-sectional and longitudinal studies.

  • Build strong collaborations with partner functions, including Medical Affairs, Pharmacovigilance, and Commercial.

  • Accountable for the leadership, development and execution of the Epidemiology strategy in the infectious disease portfolio.

  • Help design the structure and assess the needed capabilities for Modernas developing Infectious Disease franchise in the Epidemiology area.

  • Provide scientific leadership to the Epidemiology, Infectious Diseases team.

  • Design and manage the team execution of Phase 1-4 observational studies, including post-marketing pharmacoepidemiology plans and Real World Evidence studies.

  • Develop contracts and site selection practices with key epidemiology partners in the external environment.

  • Sit on the Infectious Disease Therapeutic Area Leadership Team and assist the Therapeutic Area Head in developing overall development strategies for programs in the infectious disease portfolio.

  • Help establish policies and procedures for key Epidemiology activities, ensuring compliance with the principles of Scientific Engagement.

  • Actively contribute to the development of Target Product Profiles, particularly in terms of understanding burden of disease, evolving epidemiology patterns, and how this may impact Modernas post-licensure plans and label updates.

  • Represent Moderna as a key epidemiology expert at public health bodies, such as the Advisory Committee for Immunization Practices, National Advisory Council on Immunization in Canada, etc.

  • Perform burden of disease and pharmacoepidemiology study oversight, including development of protocols, data analysis plans, and study reports and peer-reviewed publications.

  • Serve as a key partner with Commercial in terms of market-building activities, including building of HEOR models.

  • Lead the Epidemiology strategy for Advisory Board meetings.

  • Partner with Legal/Compliance functions to ensure all Epidemiology activities are conducted according to Modernas policies and procedures, and in a manner compliant with all external laws and regulations.

  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with the broader Moderna organization.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD in Epidemiology or Pharmacoepidemiology. Preference given to candidates with previous experience in vaccine development.

  • Minimum 10 years experience in an industry setting, preferably in Vaccines or a related therapeutic area. Proven ability to:

    • Plan and execute Epidemiology Plans

    • Deliver high-quality results within established timelines

    • Demonstrated track record in leading cross-functional teams and work streams.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

  • Attention to detail, internal drive to generate high-quality work, and sense of passion and urgency to achieve team and program goals.

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and strategic planning skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills commensurate with the need to work closely with CROs, investigators, consultants, and team members across functions.

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills to meet the needs of varied audiences.

  • Integrated understanding of FDA, EMA, ICH, and GCP guidelines. Prior interactions with public health agencies are a must.

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 persons 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.




Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. Moderna’s platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing the Company the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases and cardiovascular diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators.

mRNA is now a turning point in the history of science, medicine, technology, even humankind itself. With this breakthrough discovery, many of the world’s biggest and most challenging medical problems are no longer a question of “how?” but merely a question of “when?”

Come with us as we pursue the uncharted reaches of possibility and make your mark on the future of medicine.


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