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Associate Director, Automation Engineer, Clinical Biomarker Laboratory Operations

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

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The Role:

Moderna is seeking a talented, experienced, and motivated Automation Engineer to join the Clinical Biomarker Laboratory to serve as a scientific and technical expert for the automation of biomarker assays. The incumbent will provide support on the Strategy for automation of the clinical Laboratory and will lead implementation of the designated objectives. The individual will work with automation engineers from other departments to implement existing automation strategies and design new solutions to optimize instruments and platforms integration in the clinical biomarker laboratory. The candidate will provide support to laboratory scientists by automating manual laboratory processes and improving existing processes using liquid handlers, cell culture incubators and other lab automation tools. The incumbent will also be responsible for providing critical automation support used for high-throughput assay development, qualification/validation of methods, sample management and testing. In addition, the incumbent will be responsible for the training of team members to perform automated bioanalytical work and maintain clinical testing continuity to support Modernas clinical phase studies. The ability to effectively communicate across multi-disciplinary teams and external partners is required. The incumbent will stay aware of the latest technology, should be an outstanding automation scientist, a collaborative team member, and an excellent communicator to support Modernas portfolio needs. The applicant will report to the Sr. Director of the Clinical Biomarker Laboratory.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Establish the Lab Automation Strategy with a cross functional team, identify the milestones for its implementation

  • Deploy integrated lab automation solutions based on dynamic scheduling systems

  • Assist scientists with operation of automation platforms including design, qualification/validation, and implementation of automated bioanalytical methods

  • Track/record problems with the automated systems and assay setups for proper troubleshooting

  • Explore, evaluate, and implement newer hardware and Digital control technologies in automation, to improve on clinical sample analysis such as robotic arm and modular platforms

  • Develop and optimize new liquid handler protocols for the high-throughput assay platforms, specifically using Hamilton automated liquid handling systems

  • Identify digital solutions to integrate robotic and modular platforms solutions

  • Train users on new methods and protocols of system functionalities to automate bioanalytical processes using automated liquid handling and other modular platforms

  • Educate users about lab automation instruments, software and their capabilities

  • Collaborate and coordinate with internal and external groups to identify appropriate solutions to improve bioanalytical testing capacity and efficiency

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Requires Ph.D. or MSc in biology/engineering/biotechnology or related field with minimum of 6 years experience in bioanalytical laboratory and automation solutions

  • Experience with Hamilton liquid handlers strongly preferred. Additional experience with Tecan, Hudson, High-Res, Echo, Spinnaker or Inspire module is desirable

  • Experience with dynamic scheduling software: SmartQC, Cellario, GreenButtonGo, Softlynx, Retisoft,or similar

  • Extensive hands-on experience with high throughput liquid handling system operation, troubleshooting, and maintenance

  • Industry experience focused on lab automation is strongly preferred

  • Proven ability to successfully automate manual lab processes

  • Keen on taking initiative, ability to work independently as well as in team settings, and the ability to execute on strategic plan under minimal supervision

  • Will have an analytical mindset, creative problem-solving skills, and be methodical and organized

  • Experience and skills in creating, modifying, and troubleshooting robotics/automation scripts

  • Exceptional written and oral communication

  • Familiarity with Atlassian tools (e.g., Bitbucket, Jira) is desirable

  • Ability to communicate at various levels within the organization as well as with external vendors

  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve issues that arise with liquid handling equipment

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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