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Manager, Therapeutic Research, Pre-Clinical Program Management

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
May 18, 2023

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Clinical, Clinical Research, Regulatory
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

The Role:

This role provides an opportunity to join the Therapeutic Research Pre-Clinical Program Management team and to specifically impact programs in Therapeutic Research (including immuno-oncology, cancer vaccines, rare diseases, autoimmunity, cardiovascular and pulmonary disease). Reporting to the Sr. Director of Business and Alliance Management, the position plays a critical role in shaping strategy, facilitating communication, driving programs forward, and impacting organizational aspects of research at Moderna. The Program Manager will work cross-functionally and cross-organizationally to support pre-clinical program teams, driving multiple programs in parallel. This position collaborates closely with researchers and interfaces with a broad variety of internal groups such as Non-Clinical and Clinical Sciences, CMC, Finance Regulatory and Governance. The candidate will be encouraged to propose and lead initiatives to increase efficiency, improve communication, and facilitate collaboration.

Here's What Youll Do:

  • Work with the Sr Director of Business and Alliance Management and/or VP Pre-clinical Development to ensure the success and effective running of multi-disciplinary Therapeutic Research Teams from pre-clinical development into Phase 1 clinical trials.

  • Lead program management activities by maintaining and monitoring program plans and progress, identifying and mitigating operational risks, resolving issues, identifying and recommending avenues for increased efficiencies, and supporting program execution to ensure that milestones and deliverables are achieved

  • Enable collaboration between cross-functional teams (including Non-Clinical, Clinical, CMC, Regulatory and others) to move programs forward.

  • Facilitate clear communication and decision-making between all team members and share key outcomes to broader organization. Generate presentations, as needed, to support program leads in the preparation of communications to internal leadership and governance.

  • Set meeting agendas to ensure efficient data sharing and study planning. Take meeting minutes, distribute to the team and follow up on action items.

  • Organize and maintain data management sites for programs to ensure that all relevant documents are readily accessible to the team

  • Own timelines to ensure efficient progression and interdependent activities. Effectively communicate any changes in timeline to the team.

  • Develop program budget for upcoming year with program leaders.

  • Apply scientific knowledge to critically review data and present results, when needed.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • BA/BS in a science-related field with at least 3 years of experience conducting laboratory research in a biotechnology or pharmaceutical organization (experience in a therapeutic research area ideal) plus at least 3 years of project/program management experience, preferably in the research or discovery areas of a biotech or pharmaceutical organization

  • An advanced degree (MS or PhD) ideal

  • Excellent communication skills with ability to work collaboratively in a team setting

  • Ability to work independently yet engage with team members proactively and frequently to drive programs forward

  • Experience in leading or working within cross-functional project teams

  • Experience in managing multiple concurrent internal collaborative programs simultaneously

  • Ability to communicate with colleagues of various backgrounds, including scientific/technical

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple workstreams involving different key stakeholders

  • Knowledge of project and program management tools and timeline visualization software (e.g., Smartsheet, MS Project etc.); Smartsheet experience is a plus

  • Candidates with PMP or other professional project or program management credentials is a plus

  • Experience with external alliances and/or CRO/vendor management is a plus

  • A desire to be part of a transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative that aims to deliver the greatest possible impact to patients through mRNA medicines

  • Comfort operating in a fast-paced environment and embracing change

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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