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Principal Scientist, Pharmacometrics

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
May 4, 2023

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology
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Position Type
Full time
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The Role:
The Principal Scientist of Pharmacometrics is a scientific position responsible for delivering disruptive advancements at delivering model informed drug development (MIDD) for accelerated clinical development of mRNA vaccines and therapeutics. The individual will closely collaborate with cross-functional multidisciplinary teams and develop pharmacometrics strategies integrated with overall development plan to help data and model driven decision making on key development questions such as dose selection and trial design.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Oversee, lead and review pharmacometrics model development efforts across development programs for accelerated/optimized advancement of development candidates

  • Apply deep domain expertise to conceptualize MIDD approaches to provide model-based insights for development decisions in the early and late phases of development

  • Provide a thorough understanding and ability to apply appropriate FDA and ICH guidelines in the design of clinical studies and drug development strategy

  • Provide leadership in maintaining scientific awareness and presence in quantitative pharmacology and pharmacometric science, preparation of abstracts and manuscripts for publication

  • Strengthen our pharmacometric capabilities on a continuous basis by evaluating and incorporating new M&S tools and initiating trainings as appropriate

  • Actively contribute to a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD with a focus in pharmacokinetics, pharmacology, pharmaceutics or other related field with 6+ years of drug development experience

  • Deep and broad experience in clinical and non-clinical drug development with in-depth expertise in quantitative clinical pharmacology and translational medicine

  • Demonstrated expertise in establishing and managing scientific and operational infrastructure for CPPM driving data-driven decision making across all phases of drug development

  • Deep understanding of pharmacometric principles and incorporation of M&S strategies in overall development plans

  • Demonstrated expertise in innovating and applying population PK/PD and categorical data modeling techniques enabling MIDD

  • Track record of regulatory filings (NDA/BLA) and responding to regulatory agency questions and knowledge of global regulatory requirements and guidance on quantitative analysis

  • Must have the ability to communicate complex information succinctly

  • Must have excellent quantitative skills and a vision to leverage the science of dosage projection/simulation, drug-drug interactions, drug transporters, quantitative systems pharmacology, and pharmaceutics in a cutting-edge discipline

  • Ability to develop and deliver clear and concise presentations for both internal and external meetings

  • Candidate will be curious in exploring new paths for model informed drug development. Will work collaboratively with multifunctional teams and will be relentless in pursuing successful outcomes

  • Strong publication record in pharmacometrics

  • Requires effective skills directed toward driving teamwork, accomplishing results, influencing, and resolving problems across internal and external project teams

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills and the ability to function in a highly matrixed team environment are essential.

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!

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 a place where everyone can grow. If you meet the Basic Qualifications for the role and you would be excited to contribute to our mission every day, please apply!

Moderna is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, ethnicity, disability, military or protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. Were focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing our employees and believe that by cultivating diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas, we can provide an environment where every employee is able to contribute their best.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should make a request to the Talent Acquisition Partner or contact the Accommodations team at (EEO/AAP Employer)




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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