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Sr. Scientist, Virology, Infectious Disease Research

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Aug 6, 2022

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The Role:

Moderna Infectious Diseases is seeking a talented, experienced and motivated Senior Scientist with experience in virology, serological assays, and vaccine development. The candidate will be part of teams responsible for advancing therapeutic and vaccine candidates from early discovery through to clinical studies. The candidate will design, execute, and interpret experiments to evaluate novel vaccines for viral diseases. The work will include propagation of viruses, generation of pseudoviruses, development of virological assays to evaluate immune responses to vaccination and to support the identification and selection of novel vaccine antigens. In addition, the candidate will help to identify, develop, and use novel immunological tools to identify vaccine approaches that work best for targets of interest. The candidate will interface with collaborators and present results both internally and externally. The ability to effectively communicate across internal multi-disciplinary teams and with external partners is required. Applicants should be curious, collaborative and excited to work with cutting edge mRNA technology in the advancement of vaccines and therapies against unresolved infectious disease challenges.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Develop, execute, troubleshoot, and analyze virological assays to evaluate vaccine candidates

  • Analyze, quality check, interpret, present, and report complex data

  • Assist in identifying novel vaccine targets and approaches using mRNA technology

  • Act as subject matter expert on virology, neutralization, latest data/research for vaccine program

  • Support advancing vaccine from discovery to clinic by close work with cross-functional teams across the Moderna ecosystem, collaborators and CROs

  • Work closely with preclinical CROs to develop assays and immunological endpoint evaluations for preclinical studies, review and report results.

  • Manage multiple experiments, projects and interactions

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD with expertise in virology or related field is required. Knowledge of immunology and host-pathogen interactions would be a plus.

  • 3+ years of postdoctoral or independent research experience in biotech. Experience with vaccine development would be a plus.

  • Experience in virology in vitro assays such as viral culture, pseudovirus production, neutralization, and quantification assays. SARS-CoV-2 experience would be a plus.

  • Expertise in cellular and molecular biology (e.g., cell culture, qPCR, transfections, transductions, western blotting) is necessary.

  • Publication and presentation of original scientific work in high-quality journals in the field of virology, vaccinology or infectious diseases.

  • The ability to work in a cross-functional work environment is critical; independence and leadership skills are expected.

  • Excellent written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills; ability to influence and collaborate in a team environment.

  • Candidate will be curious in exploring new path for drug discovery, bold in proposing creative experimental designs and ideas. Will work collaboratively with multifunctional teams and will be relentless in pursuing successful outcomes

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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