This role is an exciting opportunity to be a critical part of Modernas Infectious Diseases research team. Reporting to the Scientist, the Senior Research Associate will contribute to the advancement of Modernas mRNA vaccine and antibody programs. The Scientist will be accountable for execution of bacterial functional assays in support immunotherapy programs. The Senior Research Associate will help support preclinical advancement of immunotherapies across multiple programs. Located in Cambridge, MA, the individual will be an expert in bacteriology with experience in several functional bacterial assays and will possess an interest in working in a highly collaborative environment.
Heres What Youll Do:
Apply expertise in functional assays for bacteria including Serum bactericidal, opsonophagocytosis, complement-deposition, and toxin neutralization assays.
Apply expertise in bacterial assays to binding studies in both flow-cytometry and ELISA formats.
Establish biofilm assays across target organisms.
Apply knowledge of bacterial immunology to the establishment of appropriate in vitro assays for each target/organism.
Work across the Infectious Disease Research team to evaluate lead candidates for functional responses.
Work closely with cross-functional teams across the Moderna ecosystem, collaborators and CROs to progress candidates from Discovery through IND-enabling studies.
Maintain expertise in the field of microbiology and immunotherapies through keeping abreast of literature, attending relevant meetings, and liaison with external experts in the field.
Manage multiple experiments across projects and interaction with supporting functions.
Provide scientific and technical support for multidisciplinary project teams.
Prepare documents, results, project updates, and summaries.
Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:
BS degree in a relevant field plus 2-5 years of experience in a lab setting, or MS (preferred) with a strong background in bacterial assays.
Expertise in Microbiology is required. Expertise in cellular and molecular biology (e.g. cell culture, transfections, transductions, western blotting, immunoprecipitation, ELISA and flow cytometry) is preferred.
Expertise in the design and execution of immunological assays, and clear communication of data, is required.
A strong interest in developing reproducible functional assays to enable immunotherapy development.
The ability to work in a cross-functional work environment is critical; strong independence skills are expected.
Excellent written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills; ability to influence and collaborate in a team environment.
Candidate will be curious in exploring new paths for drug discovery, bold in proposing creative experimental designs and ideas. Will work collaboratively with multifunctional teams and will be relentless in pursuing successful outcomes.
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.
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 www.modernatx.com.
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