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Principal Research Associate

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

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The Role:
Moderna is seeking a Principal Research Associate based at our Norwood, MA Moderna Technology Center. The individual in this role will focus on managing analytical control strategy and activities for early development programs, working with technical and operation teams across different functions to support the development of mRNA - lipid nanoparticle (LNP) based vaccine and therapeutic products. This person will report to Analytical Program Lead and manage a wide range of analytical activities for early development programs, including management of samples, timelines, and deliverables, data mining/trending and statistical analysis generated with analytical methods for mRNA-LNP based products, protocol/reports writing and regulatory filing support. This person is expected to work in a highly collaborative, cross functional team environment, and provide expert knowledge to the development, implementation, and maintenance of analytical activities in collaboration with Analytical Development, Process Development, Production, Clinical Ops., Reg. Affairs and Quality.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Contribute as part of the Analytical Strategy Team to support the development of mRNA-LNP vaccine and therapeutic programs at early stage.

  • Work closely with colleagues within Analytical Development, Process Chemistry, Process Development, Formulation, Analytical Tech Operations, Analytical Sciences and Technology and QC teams to support Method development, process optimization, product testing and characterization, method qualification and transfer, forced degradation studies and hands-on troubleshooting.

  • Support creating, tracking, and managing technical deliverables and activities for project milestones; review data packages.

  • Monitor and communicate method lifecycle (acquisition, qualification, implementation) timelines using project management tools.

  • Demonstrate independent judgment in technique and method selection, study design, generate and contribute to data analysis, technical report writing and presenting findings to multidisciplinary teams

  • Maintain a safe laboratory work environment and be accountable for good documentation practices.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • BA: 5-8 years, MS 2-5 years of relevant industry experience in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or closely related field.

  • Proven ability to manage projects/teams of significant scope and complexity, while meeting all deliverables and timelines.

  • Deep knowledge and expertise in analytical method development, analytical control strategy as well as product characterization and analytical comparability.

  • Hand-on experience in data analysis and statistical evaluation and trending of data.

  • Experience in pharmaceutical development life cycle management

  • Experience in assessing and contributing to technical investigations.

  • Understanding US and EU regulations and ICH guidelines.

  • Experience in authoring regulatory submission documents in pharmaceutical or biotech industries

  • Ability to think critically and demonstrate troubleshooting and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to interact effectively with all levels of personnel within the organization and externally with CTOs, CMOs, and third parties.

  • Ability to navigate through ambiguity and rapid growth and adapt to change.

  • Previous hands-on industry experience with analytical development for nanoparticles, RNA, therapeutics, or biologics is a plus and preferred

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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