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Sr. Research Associate, Immunology, Infectious Disease

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

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The Role:
Moderna is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Senior/Research Associate in Immunology, Infectious Disease ready to function in a fast-paced and collaborative environment. This position is based at the Moderna Cambridge site and will be reporting to a Scientist in the B cell Immunology team. The candidate will be part of a team responsible for the execution and evaluation of studies to evaluate cellular and serological immune responses to vaccines, including immune cells characterization by flow cytometry, cell sorting and single-cell approaches (10x gemomics). In addition, the candidate will help to develop and use novel immune assays to identify novel vaccine approaches. The successful candidate is expected to have substantial hands-on experience in ELISA and multiplex assays, flow cytometry and cell sorting as well as in vitro cell culture techniques. Previous experience with 10x library preparation is a plus. Applicants should be collaborative team members, excellent communicators, and should be excited to work with cutting edge mRNA technology in the advancement of vaccines against unmet infectious disease threats

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Develop and perform immunological assays (ELISA, ELISpot, Luminex)

  • Perform phenotyping of immune cells by flow cytometry

  • Assist with antibody titration and new flow panel development

  • Perform cell sorting and 10x library preparation.

  • Analyze, organize and present data

  • General laboratory assistance in a cross-functional environment, including lab equipment maintenance, ordering and organizing supplies, tissue processing and cell isolation/preparation

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

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • BS/BA with at least 2-3 years of lab-related experience or MS focused on biological sciences 0-2 years of experience; industry experience desirable but not a must; performing in vitro screening performing in vitro/ ex vivo immunology experiments

  • Required: experience in immunological assays including flow cytometry, ELISA, luminescent and fluorescence-based assay development, ELISpot will be a plus

  • Hands on experience with cell culture (cell lines and primary cell culture)

  • Excellent skills and 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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