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Sr. Research Associate, Clinical Biomarker Laboratory, Virus Neutralization Assay

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Mar 26, 2023

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The Role:

Moderna is seeking a talented, experienced and motivated Senior Research Associate to join the Clinical Immuno-Assay group to serve as an analyst for the virus neutralization assay development, qualification/ validation to support programs across multiple therapeutic areas. The candidate is expected to independently execute experiments and conduct clinical samples analysis in a regulated laboratory at Moderna.

The candidate will have knowledge of best practices in bioanalytical assay procedures, and prior experience in running assay validation and conducting data acquisition on clinical specimen. In addition, the candidate may train junior team members when and where needed to perform analytical work and maintain clinical testing continuity. The ability to effectively communicate within a project team and with external partners is expected. The candidate should be a collaborative team member and an excellent communicator to support Modernas portfolio needs.

The candidate will work closely with project team members to develop analytical methods and characterization tools in support of our clinical phase studies. The position will report to the group lead of Virus Neutralization Assay.

Here's What Youll Do:

  • Under the guidance of project lead, be responsible for the quality and integrity of assigned assay projects in support of clinical trials at Moderna

    • Serve as a key analyst, conduct assay development, qualification/validation and sample analysis

    • Deliver high quality data within defined timelines and aligned to current industry expectations

    • Review and QC data, author bioanalytical reports

    • Identify and resolve quality issues and report issues to upper management

  • Occasionally the job may require overtime work or weekend shift as needed

  • Coach and train junior staff within the Lab

  • Assume assigned general laboratory responsibilities, e.g. safety coordinator, instrument/process/technology owner etc

  • Always ensure compliance with safety and regulatory guidelines. Maintain training records

  • Attending technical conferences and exhibits as required

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Bachelor or MSc with 2+ years experience in vaccine, virology, or related field preferably for the assessment of neutralization antibody titer

  • Demonstrated level of independence

  • Flexibility with changing priorities and urgent project requests

  • Good level of understanding and expertise in design and executing virus neutralization assays

  • Hands-on experience with cell culture and detection

  • An effective communicator and collaborator in a multifunctional project team

  • Good written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills;

  • Good computational skills, preferably experienced with Word, Excel, Power Point, GraphPad Prism

  • Knowledge of system software for data analysis: Softmax pro, Gen 5 and basic laboratory statistics

  • Preferably experienced with immunoassay techniques i

  • Preferably experienced with bioanalytical assays for vaccine development and infectious disease

  • Preferably knowledgeable in best practices recommended by FDA, CLSI to conduct development, qualification and validation of assays (e.g. M10 Bioanalytical Method Validation) is preferred

  • Experience with LIMS system

  • Preferably knowledgeable in current GLP or CAP/CLIA/ISO standards

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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