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Sr. Research Associate, Biological Science, Platform Automation Center of Excellence

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Mar 25, 2023

Job Details

The Role:

We seek a highly skilled and motivated research associate to assist in the implementation of high-throughput assays for drug product screening. The candidate will support primarily in vivo screening efforts by utilizing various high-throughput automated platforms to directly support research initiatives seeking to advance Modernas pipeline and associated technologies across the Research and Early Development space, as well as various therapeutic areas. The candidate will directly contribute to evaluating drug product performance in the preclinical/research environment. The applicant will join the Platform Automation Center of Excellence (PACE) team, which resides in the Biological Science department. Candidates should be comfortable functioning in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment, with excellent communication skills.

Heres What Youll Do:

Specific projects will involve collaborative interactions within a multidisciplinary group and across a diverse array of scientific areas. Some collaboration requires the candidate to occasionally work with collaborators in our satellite lab in Norwood, MA. The individual will be expected to perform established assays to primarily support in vivo screening efforts, with a primary emphasis on high-throughput, automated assay execution and associated data analysis. This is a basic research position that requires critical thinking, flexibility, multitasking, great attention to detail, and the ability to utilize an automated infrastructure an digital tools to support the continued advancement and implementation of the teams screening capabilities and growing collaboration support throughout the Moderna ecosystem.


  • Provide immediate support for established in vivo screening assays (ELISA, pseudotyped virus-based neutralization assays, various Fluorescence/Luminescence assays).

  • Support the team in the collection, analysis and reporting of data utilizing various automated high-throughput assays for evaluating drug product performance.

  • Document, analyze, interpret, and present data to internal parties.

  • Accountable for project success and delivery of results in a timely fashion.

  • Closely collaborate with other members within the Biological Science department and broadly with departments throughout the company daily.

  • General laboratory assistance including ordering and receiving of lab supplies, preparation of reagents, and lab equipment maintenance.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • MS with 0-2 years or BS with 2-4 years of industry experience (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Bioanalytical).

  • Automation experience using liquid handling systems is preferred.

  • Familiarity with various bioanalytical platforms (e.g., Luminex, MSD, Ella, Capillary Electrophoresis, etc.). and Endotoxin characterization is preferred.

  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.

  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a highly dynamic environment.

  • Capacity to multi-task and meet aggressive timelines, research and technology development goals.

  • Familiarity with general biochemistry/molecular biology techniques (ELISA, FACS, Spectroscopy).

  • Candidate must be curious in exploring new paths for drug discovery, bold in proposing creative experimental designs and ideas. Furthermore, the candidate will work collaboratively within multifunctional teams and must be relentless in pursuing successful outcomes.

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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