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Associate Scientific Director, Pharmacometrics - Infectious Diseases

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Nov 8, 2022

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Science/R&D, Infectious Disease, Pathology
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Full time
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The Role:
The Associate Scientific Director of Pharmacometrics is responsible for transforming non-clinical and clinical data into analyses that build the basis for model informed development of innovative drugs accessible to patients. The Associate Scientific Director will collaborate with cross-functional multidisciplinary teams and develop models to quantify and predict exposure-response relationships to inform optimal decision making on key development questions such as dose selection and trial design.

The ideal candidate will work independently to make decisions impacting M&S goals and to support the design, execution, and analysis of data emerging from clinical studies, will publish manuscripts and present at scientific conferences.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Apply state-of-art quantitative pharmacology and pharmacometrics methods within assigned programs to yield high value pharmacometrics support for critical decisions to advance development candidates

  • Develop and execute M&S plans to support candidate drug development

  • Independently develop and report population PK and PK/PD and disease progression analyses

  • Proactively incorporate and develop approaches and methodologies based on review of relevant scientific literature

  • Perform meta-analysis using proprietary and/or literature data

  • Provide a thorough understanding and ability to apply appropriate FDA and ICH guidelines in the design of clinical studies and drug development strategy

  • Author M&S sections for regulatory interactions and responses

  • Participate in maintaining scientific awareness and presence in quantitative pharmacology and pharmacometrics science, preparation of abstracts and manuscripts for publication

  • Strengthen our pharmacometrics capabilities on a continuous basis by evaluating and incorporating new M&S tools and initiating trainings as appropriate

  • Actively contribute to a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD with a focus in pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, pharmaceutics or other related field with 5-10 years of drug development experience

  • Hands-on proficiency in using pharmacometrics tools including but not limited to NONMEM, R, Julia, Monolix and Phoenix

  • Deep understanding of pharmacometrics principles and incorporation of M&S strategies

  • Familiar in binary and categorical data analysis, time-to-event (hazard) models, Poisson models, logistic regression, MCMC and Bayesian methods as applied to exposure-response analyses, meta-analyses and Population PK and PKPD analysis

  • Track record of regulatory filings (NDA/BLA) and responding to regulatory agency questions and knowledge of global regulatory requirements and guidance on quantitative analysis

  • Ability to develop and deliver clear and concise presentations for both internal and external meetings

  • Candidate will be curious in exploring new paths for model informed drug development. Will work collaboratively with multifunctional teams and will be relentless in pursuing successful outcomes

  • Strong publication record in pharmacometrics

  • Requires effective skills directed toward driving teamwork, accomplishing results, influencing, and resolving problems across internal and external project teams

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and the ability to function in a highly matrixed team environment are essential.

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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