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2023 Co-Op, Preformulation

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Mar 23, 2023

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The Role:

The Preformulation team at Moderna is seeking highly motivated co-op students to assist with assay development for chemical and biophysical characterization of drug substance, raw materials, and drug product. The successful candidates will be performing advanced characterization and analysis of vaccines and medicines in a fast-paced, interdisciplinary environment. Two positions are available, and they will both involve the application of novel and existing approaches to identify optimal experimental parameters for formulation design.

Our summer/fall co-op program is from July 17-December 15, 2023. All applicants must be available for the entire duration of the program.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Develop an assay from concept to functional tool and tech transfer the technique to the team through daily lab engagement.

  • Perform experiments using a broad range of biophysical and analytical techniques, including HPLC, DLS, capillary electrophoresis, DSC, and X-ray scattering.

  • Develop new software and utilize existing code for data reduction and visualization.

  • Carry out existing protocols and develop novel experimental strategies which may include building and using automation tools.

  • Maintain detailed scientific records of experiments.

  • Collaborate and share findings across departments.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Currently enrolled in a full-time Bachelors program (Junior/ Senior Year)

  • Background in chemistry, biophysics, chemical engineering, biomedical engineering, materials engineering, or related field.

  • Experience working in a lab; knowledge of general chemical safety protocols.

  • Previous intern/ co-op experience preferred

  • Experience with coding (esp. Python) preferred

  • Instrument/analytical experience preferred

  • Effective written and oral communication skills

Moderna is pleased to provide you with an innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Free premium access to meditation and mindfulness classes
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    Discretionary year-end shutdown
  • 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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