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Scientist, Immunology, Translational Immunology

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Aug 13, 2022

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Immunology
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

The Role:
Moderna is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Scientist in Translational Immunology ready to function in a fast-paced and collaborative environment. This high-visibility position is based at the Moderna Cambridge site and will be reporting to a Principal Scientist. The applicants primary role will be to lead a diverse range of cellular immunology functions to facilitate the advancement of Modernas mRNA technology platform. The individual in this role will provide infectious disease and mRNA-LNP platform-related investigations of molecular and cellular mechanisms of vaccines, working cross-functionally with other groups, including (but not limited to) RNA and Protein Sciences, Chemistry (LNP formulations), Antigen Design and Selection, Biomarkers and Assays, Immuno-epigenetics, Computational Sciences, and Translational Medicine. S/he should have an outstanding conceptual and demonstrated technical background in immunology, and will have the ability to work in a highly collaborative, dynamic, and interdisciplinary environment.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Lead and support multiple workstreams assessing mechanisms of action underlying vaccine safety and immunogenicity in pre-clinical and clinical research studies to inform and advance infectious disease programs.

  • Drive innovation of Modernas mRNA-LNP platform and evaluate novel applications to address unmet medical needs.

  • Apply infectious disease immunology expertise in the optimization, execution, analysis, and reporting of in vitro and ex vivo immunological assays such as ELISA, ELISpot, analytical flow cytometry, cell sorting and sequencing to examine the specificity, phenotype, and function of immune cells and antibodies

  • Cell and multiplex analyte assays, including maintaining and plating of cell lines and primary cells

  • Careful record keeping (e-lab notebook and others), data organization and presentation

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD or MS focused on biological sciences with 4 years of experience; industry experience desirable but not a must; performing in vitro screening performing in vitro/ ex vivo immunology experiments

  • Required: Experience in flow cytometry instrumentation and data analysis

  • Experience with cell sequencing, systems biology, and multi-OMICs analyses are highly desired

  • Ability to work efficiently in a multicultural highly dynamic and matrixed environment

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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