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Director, Program Leader, Next Generation Influenza Vaccines

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Mar 11, 2023

Job Details

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a highly talented and motivated Associate Director/Director to serve as a Program Leader with a broad scientific skill base and expertise in infectious disease vaccine research. The successful candidate will drive progression of next generation influenza vaccines through development and will lead a cross-functional development team to bring the vaccines into Phase 1/2 clinical studies and through continued development. The candidate will align internal stakeholders on program strategy and will be accountable for program execution. Applicants should be outstanding vaccinologists with strong experience in research and early clinical development, excellent communicators, and have a successful track record of leading and motivating teams. They will be part of a highly collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and fast-paced team that is translating Modernas mRNA technology into a broad portfolio of vaccines against infectious diseases.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Lead the cross-functional teams for next generation influenza vaccine programs; serve as subject-matter-expert

  • Drive milestone achievements and go/no-go decision making to progress a vaccine from Research to Development

  • Represent the program status, scenarios, and trade-offs with senior leadership and internal stakeholders

  • Support development of regulatory documents and Heath Authority interactions

  • Engage external stakeholders including KOLs and advisory boards

  • Develop a program budget and timelines in in collaboration with program manager, finance, and functional representatives

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD in microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, or related field

  • Expertise in influenza virology and immunology preferred

  • 7+ years of experience (title commensurate with experience/skillset) in the discovery and development of infectious disease vaccines, encompassing areas such as antigen design, immunology, virology, translational research, with a preference given to experience in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical setting

  • Demonstrated excellence in cross-functional project leadership, as well as subject matter expertise

  • Equally comfortable with high level strategic analysis and detail-oriented execution

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to effectively collaborate and influence others at all levels in a dynamic, highly matrixed organization.

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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