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Director, R&D Strategy

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

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Marketing, Science/R&D, Research
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Position Type
Full time
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The Role

Moderna continues to leverage its novel mRNA platform to expand the R&D portfolio and open new therapeutic applications for mRNA across diseases and therapeutic areas. R&D Strategy plays a crucial role for Moderna to achieve its mission to deliver the greatest possible impact to people through mRNA medicines by supporting critical research and development decisions.

The R&D Strategy team operates across R&D to provide analysis and guidance from discovery through development, including:

  • Research strategy to provide a scientific and business assessment of discovery concepts and novel applications of mRNA

  • Program-level strategy to drive research, preclinical and clinical development choices

  • Therapeutic area strategy to assess acceleration and expansion opportunities and set prioritization and sequencing

  • Portfolio strategy to drive R&D priorities and objectives

  • Special strategic topics to provide guidance on the most complex R&D questions

The Director, R&D Strategy will be responsible for executing special strategy projects and will act as a key contributor to program strategy. This person will deliver on the highest priority, most complex R&D questions by integrating logic, scientific rigor to deliver on a specific set of recommendations to action. The Director, R&D Strategy be a key thought partner for Program Leaders to set early research strategy, drive programs through to the clinic, and support the highest priority programs through development. As a member of early program teams, the Director will ensure on-going alignment between program, therapeutic areas, and portfolio strategy.

Heres What Youll Do

  • In collaboration with R&D program leadership, drive integrated discovery, preclinical, early-development and development strategy

  • Deep dive into biology, generate target product profiles, evaluate unmet medical needs, map treatment pathways, and complete competitive assessments

  • In partnership with R&D leadership, identify novel mRNA applications and modalities through integrated assessment of scientific and business factors

  • Execute special strategy projects, leading the framing, analysis, and recommendation to answer the most complex and cross-functional R&D questions

  • Be a trusted advisor and thought partner for Program Leadership and R&D leadership

  • Complete due dilligence on external evaluations of technology or biology

  • Synthesize learnings from across the portfolio and maintain coordination and integration with R&D and enterprise strategy and objectives

  • Additional duties as may be assigned from time to time

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • 8+ years of experience working for a clinical- or commercial-stage pharmaceutical/biotech company in strategy or corporate development, or similar experience in a professional services or investment capacity (e.g., management or strategy consulting, investment banking, or venture capital)

  • PhD, MD, or PharmD preferred, with an understanding of drug development and value creation in the biopharmaceutical industry, and commitment to learn about the science behind our platform technology

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Ability to perform and synthesize in-depth analyses of indications, products, and therapeutic areas, to integrate analysis and broader context into a recommendation, and to defend recommendation in a respectful, objective manner

  • Advanced verbal and written communication skills to deliver a compelling narrative/message to senior stakeholders in the organization

  • 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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