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Associate Director, Scientific Communications

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

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The Role

Moderna is seeking an Associate Director, Scientific Communications. This role will be accountable for the development, implementation and oversight of scientific communications within the respiratory portfolio. In particular, the Associate Director will be responsible for identifyingand finalizing key scientific messages and ensuring accurate and relevant external scientific exchange materials.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing and managing content and key messages for the Scientific Communications Platform (SCP)

  • Driving vendor strategy and ways of working in order to manage successful and timely scientific message development

  • Continuously scanning the environment to understand newer ways to communicate data in a digitalized manner

  • Ensuring timely and effective updates to the scientific messages with the latest data and information across all countries

Heres What Youll Do

  • Execute the Global Scientific Communications strategy and its execution within the Respiratory portfolio, with support from cross functional colleagues

  • Take point on internal stakeholder meetings that help inform Scientific Communications plans and communicate Scientific messages effectively throughout the organization

  • Ensure timely and effective updates to scientific messages with the latest data and information across all countries

  • Collaborate cross functional partners to ensure projects and deliverables are aligned to medical and scientific goals

  • Bring innovative approaches to data dissemination through digital as well as classical channels

  • Design and oversee a best-in-class approach to cascade scientific messages

  • Oversee vendor work to ensure projects and deliverables are designed and executed seamlessly and on time abreast

  • Stay up to date with the latest scientific data and ensuring that the Scientific messages are updated regularly

  • Support Modernas scientific engagement strategy by cultivating and maintaining interactions with scientific leaders

  • Support MRC approvals of the scientific content of the scientific content

  • Coordinate the cascading of the latest version of Scientific messages globally through our systems

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • Advanced Scientific Degree (Ph.D., Pharm. D, or MsC) with 5 years of relevant experience; or a bachelors degree with 7 years of relevant experience

  • Prior experience working in the pharma/biotech industry

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Experience in medical affairs leading communications and/or content planning

  • Experience in infectious diseases and vaccines is an advantage

  • Highly self-motivated, with a track record of excelling in a fast-paced work environment

  • Ability to manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Proven ability to effectively manage interactions with internal departments and externally

  • Ability to interact with cross-functional teams in a matrix organization

  • Well-organized self-starter, hard-working and independent

  • Strong negotiation, verbal/written communication and interpersonal skills with a good awareness of global cultural differences

  • Maintains optimism and energy in the face of change and adversity; willing to collaborate and problem solve

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • 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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