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Executive Director, Delivery Science

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Nov 28, 2022
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The Role:

Moderna is seeking a passionate, rigorous scientist and proven leader for our Delivery Science organization, charged with leading and continuously evolving the Moderna delivery platform to enable growth of our vaccine and therapeutic pipeline. The Executive Director of Delivery Science will build and drive the delivery discovery strategy, from conceptualization to execution. The Executive Director will lead a large team, fostering a collaborative team environment where individuals at all levels are empowered to challenge the science, demonstrate curiosity, and relentlessly pursue advancements. As a member of the Platform Leadership Team, the Executive Director will work with their fellow Platform leaders to ensure we define and implement an integrated research strategy to advance Modernas platform technology, exploring new scientific avenues to expand our modalities as well as constantly improving the performance of technology utilized in our existing pipeline. In partnering with cross-functional leaders in the organization, such as with Technical Development and Therapeutic Area Research, the candidate will define the critical needs and priorities for inventing and sustaining robust delivery technologies for pipeline success.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Define and execute against our delivery strategy, advancing both fundamental understanding and applied aspects of formulation science to invent and advance into clinical development delivery vehicles for multiple nucleic acid cargos and cell targets

  • Lead an organization of high performing formulation scientists who value working in a diverse and fast paced environment, sharing the broader vision for our platform technology and inspiring scientists at all levels with commitment to our mission

  • As a member of the Platform Leadership Ship, guide our broader Platform Research strategy, reaching areas beyond your subject matter expertise, to achieve integrated performance of our platform technology that will enable pursuit of new modalities and increase the benefit to patients of programs in our current portfolio

  • Reinforce a culture that values respectful scientific debate, drives toward decision-making experiments, obsesses over learning from unexpected results, and celebrates both Go and No-Go decisions

  • Prioritize resources, manage functional budget, and identify opportunities for leverage with investment in automation and digitalization

  • Collaborate with Technical Development to accelerate technology transfer and provide scientific input where relevant on process improvements and approaches to scale by Technical Development colleagues based on fundamental technology understanding and continued research efforts

  • Collaborate with Non-Clinical Sciences and Therapeutic Area Research to align strategy and enable rapid testing of new technology in translational setting

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of the drug delivery field, identify potential external collaborators, and externally communicate on our technology through scientific conferences and peer-reviewed publications

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Ph.D. in chemical engineering, biochemistry, chemistry, biomedical engineering, or related field with 15+ years of industry experience in a pharmaceutical and/or biotechnology environment

  • Experience with LNP technology

  • Experience leading and managing teams in a highly matrixed organization

  • Track record of progressing discovery innovations into clinical development

  • Experience in formulation discovery, biotechnology/pharmaceutical development, and delivery of novel drug modalities

  • Proficiency in fundamentals of drug development, including pharmacology and DMPK

  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a cross-functional matrix environment

  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, including a strong publication track record

  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a highly dynamic and fast-paced 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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