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Sr. Director, Clinical Development - CV/Emerging

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
May 21, 2023

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The Role:

Programs in Therapeutics Development are a key part of Modernas portfolio. Comprising a dynamic & collaborative community of clinical development physicians and scientists across Autoimmune, Cardiovascular (CV), Pulmonary, Hematology, and Rare Diseases, we are driving scientific innovation to deliver transformational medicines.

mRNA has promise in several areas of Internal Medicine, including Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Hematology and invasive indications. We seek an agile clinical developer to lead as we interrogate and prosecute those diseases where mRNA has transformative potential.

Moderna is seeking an MD with experience in cardiovascular clinical development to create the clinical strategy for a novel CV mRNA-based asset and oversee a clinical team accountable for trials to execute the strategy. You will be well versed in emerging trends and opportunities in CV and related disease areas. This role offers you the opportunity to utilize advanced scientific and statistical principles and digital technology in collaboration with your peers to help build Modernas pipeline. At least 5 years of industry experience is required, preferably within an area of Internal Medicine development.

This role will report to Modernas Therapeutic Area Head for Rare Disease, Autoimmune or Exploratory Disease. The position is based at one of Modernas offices in: Cambridge, MA; Princeton, NJ; Bethesda, MD.

The successful candidate is driven, curious, and collaborative, with a bold ambition to contribute to the development of ground-breaking mRNA-based therapeutics. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and a collaborative way of working.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Providing integrated and innovative clinical development strategy to support the creation and management of the Clinical Development Plan (CDP) for an asset in development

  • Integrating scientific rationale, regulatory requirements, product development plan and commercial goals to optimize clinical study designs aligned with the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and CDP

  • Generating the data and evidence required to determine a medicines potential efficacy, safety profile, key areas of product differentiation and value to patient in the shortest possible timeframe

  • Establishing expeditious clinical development timelines, incorporating key decision points and Go/No Go criteria for the CDP

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with program counterparts in Commercial, Research, Regulatory, Clinical Operations and Statistics

  • Contributing to and partnering on the development of strategic initiatives, specific Business Development activities and various organizational initiatives in Clinical Development

  • Playing an active role in the technical and leadership development of Clinical Sciences staff via coaching and mentoring and potential direct line management

Scientific Leadership, Direction and Strategy:

  • Employs visioning and strategic thinking to provide expert leadership of disease/therapeutic area specific strategy for a drug(s) or program(s). Leads selected clinical development projects for products/franchise of compounds

  • Leading and positively interfacing with and influencing across a diverse range of scientific external experts (e.g. regulators, payors, CROs, consultants, investigators) in order to deliver integrated clinical development strategy, which align to the business strategy and achieves mutual goals related to patient need

  • Integrating inputs from across disciplines (scientific, clinical commercial, regulatory) to contribute to the Target Product Profile. Accountable for the clinical components of the Target Product Profile.

  • Accountable for risk/benefit of the asset. Actively leads and makes decisions which balance risk/benefit at the project level with clear understanding of impact on study/project indication approvals; takes action to mitigate risk where appropriate

  • Assessing and predicting when therapies designed for one patient population/indication can be used in alternative scenarios to broaden potential patient benefit

  • Anticipating problems and proactively seeking input from other teams members/functional lines within R&D. Uses scientific/operational expertise to solve study and/or project related problems

  • Accountable for the evaluation of clinical study/program probability of technical success

Study & Program Design and Evidence Generation:

  • Drives the end to end integrated clinical development strategy that is appropriately resourced to achieve regulatory approvals, reimbursable medicines, and successful lifecycle management

  • Leads clinical development discussions at regulatory interactions and clinical components of the submissions (e.g. IND, NDA, BLA, MAA) including briefing documents, presentations, addressing questions and responses

  • Delivers value and access insights to inform medical strategy, expand market access and to address unmet patient need

Creating Innovative Scientific and Technical Solutions:

  • Overcomes obstacles by experimenting with and adopting new ways of working including digital tools and technology

  • Champions implementation of innovative methods and processes within clinical development and gains stakeholder support; encourages others to think differently and come up with business solutions

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • MD degree and 5 years experience in clinical development with at least 3 years in the biopharmaceutical industry.

  • Advanced medical training in cardiovascular disease or a related field (e.g, endocrinology, nephrology, pulmonary)

  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment

  • Attention to detail, internal drive to generate high-quality work, and sense of passion and urgency to achieve team and program goals

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and strategic planning skills

  • Extensive experience in clinical drug development with an understanding of multiple diseases, the underlying biology and potential therapeutic targets as well as current and future potential treatment options in all clinical trial phases.

  • Extensive clinical training and/or applicable clinical research experience; understanding of clinical development planning and running clinical trial from concept study idea to publication.

  • Demonstrated experience managing complex projects and working collaboratively with multiple stakeholders regarding new strategies to ensure consistent communication

  • Proven ability to maximize and integrate genetic data to advance disease understanding and inform and guide clinical development plans

  • Thorough understanding of clinical research methodology and biostatistics principles, to facilitate innovative and efficient clinical trial design, and clinical development plans with clear data-driven decision rules

  • Demonstrated experience using new learning and digital tools to create innovation in other areas

  • Expertise in inductive and deductive reasoning, statistics, and in providing mechanisms to interpret and analyze highly complex information including digital content

  • Embodies Modernas core values of Bold, Relentless, Curious and Collaborative.

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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