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Sr. Research Associate, Cellular Pharmacology, Moderna Genomics

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Sep 27, 2022

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Regulatory, Science/R&D, Genomics, Pharmacology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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The Role:

As part of our vision, Moderna is committed to invest in R&D to further expand our impact on patients. We are building an independent research and business unit for genomic medicines, called Moderna Genomics (mGx) based in Technology Square, Cambridge, MA. mGx will be an innovation engine for the company focused on discovering and delivering the next generation of in vivo gene editing and nonviral gene therapies. Moderna Genomics strives to be an industry leader in genomic medicines.

We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated cell biologist for a position at Moderna Genomics in Cambridge, MA. The individual will be responsible for the development and execution of cell-based assays in support of Moderna Genomics discovery programs, with a particular focus on fluorescence microscopy and high content imaging. The ideal candidate will utilize a wide range of molecular and cellular biology techniques to investigate in vitro pharmacology of nucleic acid delivery. Experience in cellular and biochemical assays, cell culture, transfection, and fluorescence microscopy are desired. Applicants should be team players, able to thrive in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Develop and execute high content imaging screens for fluorescent biomarkers.

  • Develop and execute cell-based screening assays to quantify protein expression.

  • Establish quantitative methods (e.g. ELISA, MSD, ELLA, JESS, qPCR, Luminex) as needed.

  • Routinely generate, analyze, interpret, and present high quality experimental data in accordance with project timelines.

  • Maintain an accurate and detailed record of experiments.

  • Execute and troubleshoot protocols, independently adapt new protocols into practice, and query the literature to incorporate additional assays as needed.

  • Accountable for project success and results delivery.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • BS/BA (required) with 4 years or MS with 2 years of industry experience in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, or related science.

  • Experience developing and performing cell-based and bioanalytical assays (colorimetic or luminescent reporter assays, ELISA, Ella, MSD, Luminex, etc).

  • Experience with fluorescence imaging, including live-cell and fixed confocal imaging, Opera Phenix and Harmony experience, is preferred.

  • Demonstrated skills in mammalian cell culture and cell-based assays is required.

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and collaborative skills, attentive to detail, and the ability to work independently and effectively in a dynamic environment.

  • Ability to multi-task to meet aggressive timelines and development goals.

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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