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Sr Engineer I, Automation Engineering

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Jun 3, 2023

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Engineering, Automation Engineer
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a Senior Engineer I for a position in the Automation Engineering (AE) team, at the Moderna manufacturing site in Norwood, MA to drive the advancement of our next generation of automated laboratory systems, processes, and equipment. Reporting to the Head of Applied Technologies, the individual in this role will focus on the development of novel microfluidic, multifluidic, and system fluidics solutions for custom/proprietary and traditional biomanufacturing methods for use in the production of messenger RNA based vaccines and therapeutics at Moderna. This role will have an impact across our organization by driving cross functional collaboration between technical teams supporting our Research, Development, High-Throughput, Pre-Clinical, and GMP laboratories. He/she will play a key role during the design, build, test, deploy, and continuous improvement lifecycles of key laboratory systems deployed at Moderna.

Here's What Youll Do:

  • Design, develop and characterize microfluidic based devices for biomanufacturing and analytical applications.

  • Design and execute experiments to assess the technical feasibility, and performance of assays, fluidics, microfluidics, sensors, and systems.

  • Actively work and optimize sensor integration and assembly with consumables.

  • Evaluate different materials and processes for large scale production for consumables including sensor and cartridge.

  • Lead sensors manufacturing processes for lab-scale and high-volume production.

  • Evaluate and lead vendor communication for various sensor development paths.

  • Effectively work within multidisciplinary teams of assay developers, system engineers, and microfluidic engineers to brainstorm new concepts

  • Develop specialized Biomanufacturing equipment to enable key scientific processes for Modernas mRNA portfolio, spanning the areas of R&D, Drug Substance, Drug Product, Fill-Finish, QC Release, and other related laboratory processes.

  • Work cross-functionally alongside colleagues in Process Development, Manufacturing, Facilities and Engineering, MS&T, Quality, IT, Operations, and related teams as required to determine business requirements and deliver novel solutions.

  • Mechanical and Electrical Computer Aided Design (CAD), system prototyping, conceptual refinement, and final delivery

  • Develop novel or improve existing PLC/HMI software for novel automated laboratory equipment

  • Lead efforts to successfully deploy custom designed biomanufacturing equipment for use at Moderna in a pre-clinical, GLP, and GMP environments

  • Assist with management and analysis of complex data

  • Provide scientific and technical support for multidisciplinary project teams

  • Preparation of training documents and technical design review presentations for the end users

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

Minimum Qualifications

  • B.S. in STEM, Biomedical, Biophysics, Biopharma Engineering or a related field with no less than 8 years of experience in an industry setting.

  • Prior success in developing automated equipment for biopharmaceutical and life sciences teams

  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and collaborative skills, attention to detail, and the ability to work effectively in a highly dynamic environment

  • A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.

  • A limitless curiosity enabling quick mastery of new techniques and concepts

  • Ability to multi-task to meet timelines and relentless in pursuing successful outcomes

  • Experience with 3D modeling and simulation CAD packages such as SolidWorks, AutoCAD, COMSOL, or equivalent

  • Experience with plastic manufacturing (e.g. injection molding, hot embossing, plastic bonding, 3D printing, etc)

  • Experience with microscopy and optical inspection instrumentation

  • Experience in engineering particle manipulation methods (e.g. Hydrodynamic, dielectrophoretic, acoustophoretic, optical, etc)

  • Exceptional written and oral communication

Preferred Qualifications

  • M.S. in STEM or a related field with no less than 5 years experience in a relevant industry or Phd with academic experience in a related field

  • Direct experience with Nucleic-Acid based biological laboratory methods

  • Fundamental understanding of a variety of bio-separations and detection methods

  • Experience with industrial automation programming (PLC/SCADA/DCS, etc.)

  • Experience programming industrial / collaborative robot arms or other robotic systems

  • Experience identifying external key partners and collaborators for the design of custom manufactured equipment and prototypes

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

Since our founding in 2010, we have aspired to build the leading mRNA technology platform, theinfrastructure to reimagine how medicines are created and delivered, and a world-class team. We believe in giving our people a platform to change medicine and an opportunity to change the world.

By living our mission, values, and mindsets every day, our peopleare the driving force behind our scientific progress and our culture.Together, we are creating a culture of belonging and building an organization that cares deeply for our patients, our employees, the environment, and our communities.

We are proud to have been recognized as a Science Magazine Top Biopharma Employer, a Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators, and a Great Place to Work in the U.S.

If you want to make a difference and join a team that is changing the future of medicine, we invite you to visit to learn more about our current opportunities.

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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