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Senior Scientist, Analytical Development

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

Job Details

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a highly skilled and talented Senior Scientist with strong analytical development experience in pharmaceutical industry. The individual in this role will focus on implementing analytical control strategy and managing analytical development activities for early development mRNA programs, working with technical and operation teams across different functions to support the development of mRNA, lipid nanoparticle (LNP), and drug products as vaccines and therapeutics. This individual is expected to work in a highly collaborative, cross functional team environment, and interface with Analytical Development, Process Development, Production, Clinical Ops., Reg. Affairs and Quality. The successful candidate should be proactive, enthusiastic, and passionate for science, have strong communication skills, and be flexible in a fast-paced and highly dynamic environment.

This role will be located at the Moderna Technology Center in Norwood, MA.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Contribute as part of the Analytical Strategy Team to support the development of RNA, lipid nanoparticle and drug product for mRNA programs in early stage.

  • Work closely with colleagues within Analytical Development, Process Development, Analytical Tech Operations, Analytical Sciences and Technology, QC teams, and Regulatory CMC to define, design, and execute analytical control strategy and development plan

  • Collaborate with colleagues within Analytical Chemistry, Analytical Tech Operations, Analytical Sciences and Technology, and QC teams to support method life cycle management

  • Prioritize work across multiple pipeline programsand deliver planned analytical activities a deadline-driving environment through collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team.

  • Author and review technical reports, development protocols, and regulatory filing.

  • Demonstrate independent judgment in technique and method selection, study design, generate and contribute to data analysis, technical report writing and presenting findings to multidisciplinary teams

  • Maintain a safe laboratory work environment and be accountable for good documentation practices.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD in Analytical Chemistry or closely related field with a minimum of 3-5 years of industry experience in analytical development or quality control in the biopharmaceutical space.

  • Proven ability to solve technical problems

  • Hands-on experience in analytics, including method development, quantification, transfer, and life cycle management.

  • A deep knowledge and practical experience with data analysis and statistical evaluation

  • Experience in authoring regulatory submission documents in pharmaceutical or biotech industries

  • Knowledge of nucleic acid chemistry and biology and standard methods of analysis of these molecules.

  • Knowledge of theories, principles and techniques of relevant scientific areas and understanding of industry practices and standards

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and attention to detail

  • Strong interpersonal skills with an eagerness to work with and support colleagues in other departments

  • Ability to navigate through ambiguity and rapid growth and adapt to change.

  • (Preferred) Knowledge of analytical control strategy and current FDA and ICH guidelines.

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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