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Sr. Research Associate, Process Development

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Sep 17, 2023

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The Role:
Moderna is working to develop first-in-class messenger RNA (mRNA) based medicines. DNA Process Development, a team residing in Modernas Technical Development organization, has been tasked with development and implementation of processes to produce DNA and enzymes utilized in the production of RNA.

Our efforts in this area are growing, and Moderna is seeking a new team member to join the DNA Process Development team for a position based at the Norwood, MA site. In this role, you will have the opportunity to help develop new processes to facilitate robust DNA and mRNA production at Moderna, with a focus on applying state of the art molecular biology and automation technologies. The incumbent will collaborate closely with the nucleic acid process development and process automation teams to adapt existing technologies and develop new technologies for application in plasmid DNA manufacturing. You will work closely with multiple functions spanning technical development, technical operations and manufacturing.

The successful candidate must be able to work in a fast paced and highly dynamic environment, will have relevant academic and or industrial experience in process development, molecular biology and cloning, and will be able to contribute to process development activities.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Help develop and implement new technologies and processes for plasmid DNA manufacturing

  • Execute studies to identify process improvements for DNA synthesis and cloning

  • Support automation method development and testing

  • Collaborate with analytical and development teams, technical operations and manufacturing

  • Maintain thorough electronic lab notebooks and documentation records

  • Present results in cross-functional meetings

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • BS or MS in Chemical or Biochemical Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry, or closely related field, with 1-4 years relevant industry experience.

  • Experience with molecular biology techniques (cloning, PCR, primer design, bacterial transformation, plasmid extraction and cell culture)

  • Experience using automation

  • Technical development experience

  • Knowledge of fermentation a plus

  • Outstanding communication skills (verbal and written).

  • Ability to effectively collaborate effectively in a dynamic, cross-functional environment.

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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