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Vice President, Medical Affairs - Rare Diseases

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Mar 24, 2023

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Clinical, Medical Affairs, Science/R&D, Pathology
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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The Role

Reporting to the Chief Medical Officer, Moderna is seeking a Vice President of Medical Affairs to lead initiatives for our Rare Diseases portfolio. This role will be the primary point person for the strategic development and execution of the Medical Affairs Plans for the Rare Diseases franchise. The position will be a key collaborator between the clinical development, commercial and market access teams, as well as with external partner teams.

The successful candidate is driven, curious, collaborative, with a bold ambition to contribute to the development of ground-breaking mRNA-based therapeutics.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Accountable for the leadership, development and execution of Medical Affairs strategy for the Rare Diseases franchise.

  • Design the structure and assess the needed capabilities for Modernas developing Rare Diseases franchise.

  • Provide scientific and functional leadership to the Medical Affairs and Commercial teams.

  • Serve as a key partner with Commercial in terms of market-building activities, including building of Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) models.

  • Develop and lead Key Opinion Leader Outreach, publication strategy and planning, CME education, symposia, and congress planning.

  • Establish policies and procedures for key Medical Affairs activities, ensuring compliance with the principles of Scientific Engagement, including leading discussions around compassionate use programs.

  • Actively contribute to the development of Target Product Profiles, contributing the voice of the medical professional to the development of these assets.

  • Contribute to the selection of vendors and design of educational materials.

  • Accountable for copy approval of external materials.

  • Accountable for the development and approval of key Medical Information documents for licensed products in the Rare Diseases franchise.

  • Represent Moderna as the key liaison with public health bodies and medical and scientific societies worldwide.

  • Lead the Medical strategy for Advisory Board meetings for the Rare Diseases franchise.

  • Partner with Legal and Compliance to ensure Medical Affairs activities are conducted according to Modernas policies and procedures, and in a manner compliant with all external laws and regulations.

  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with the broader Moderna organization.

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • MD or non-US equivalent of MD degree and/or PhD.

  • 8+ years of experience in the biotech/pharma industry.

  • 10+ years of relevant job experience.

  • Knowledge and experience with FDA, EMA, ICH, and GCP guidelines.

  • Prior interactions with public health agencies, medical and scientific societies.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Extensive experience in endocrinology, pediatrics or a related therapeutic area.

  • Proven ability to plan and execute Medical Strategies.

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

  • Attention to detail, internal drive to generate high-quality work, and sense of passion and urgency to achieve team and program goals.

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and strategic planning skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills commensurate with the need to work closely with CROs, investigators, consultants, and team members across functions.

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills to meet the needs of varied audiences.

  • A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.

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 year-end shutdown
    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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