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Sr. Research Associate, Process Development

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Sep 4, 2023

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The Role:

Moderna is seeking a Sr. Research Associate for a position based at their Norwood, MA site. The individual in this role will be a highly skilled, talented and motivated analyst. He/she will participate in performing (bio)chemical and biophysical characterization (e.g. HPLC, light scattering, particle characterization, cIEF, spectroscopy, calorimetry, DNA sequencing, qPCR, etc) of lipid nanoparticles, lipids and mRNA. The individual will work with other RAs and Scientists within the Analytical Development, Analytical Operations, and Platform Analytics teams. The successful candidate must have BS with at least 2 years of industry experience, or MS with at least 1 years of industry experience for the SRA level. Pertinent experience involves developing and/or performing analytical, molecular, biochemical, biophysical and/or cellular assays. Prior industry experience supporting manufacturing operations (deviations/investigations for clinical products) is desired.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Perform analytical testing (chromatographic, biophysical, molecular biology techniques etc), data analysis and trending

  • Execute and troubleshoot standard protocols, develop and adapt new protocols into practice, and query literature to incorporate additional assays as needed.

  • Deliver reproducible and impactful results under ambitious timelines

  • Document research and work product in well maintained lab notebooks, analyze and interpret findings for reports, regulatory submissions, and presentations.

  • Clearly communicate research findings to a wide audience both internally and externally.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • BS/MS (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Biophysics, Material Science, or related science)

  • Excellent technical writing skills (lab notebook entries, reports, etc)

  • Experience with HPLC (SEC, RP, HIC), UV, pH, light scattering, cIEF, DNA sequencing, qPCR, etc

  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a highly dynamic environment

  • Creative/innovative/problem solver

  • Preferred:

    • Familiarity with light scattering and other biophysical characterization of particles

    • Familiarity with nucleic acid and protein chemistry

    • Familiarity with analytical characterization of biomolecules

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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