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Vice President, Platform Chemistry

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

Job Details

The Role:

The Vice President of Platform Chemistry is a senior leadership position within Research and Early Development (R&ED), responsible for driving innovation and excellence in the design, synthesis, and characterization of the fundamental components of our novel mRNA and delivery systems. In this critical role, you will report to the SVP of Research & Early Development, building a team with the goal of shaping the strategic direction of our chemistry efforts and collaboration with colleagues to ensure the successful transition of technology from discovery through clinical implementation to enable our pipeline.

The VP of Platform Chemistry will be adept at working across multiple functions, cultivating innovative thinking, driving high priority programs, and accelerating the transition of ideas into deployable technology. This leader will transform our discovery chemistry capabilities to enable high throughput augmented exploration of novel chemistry in mRNA and LNPs and to establish AI/ML capabilities and evolve our practices to integrate and leverage these capabilities.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Articulate a vision for Platform Chemistry and define functional strategy, applying deep domain expertise to conceptualize approaches to address R&ED needs and enhance collaboration with Technical Development

  • Lead and professionally develop team of experienced, high-performing Chemists

  • Lead the team in the creation and biological evaluation of diverse novel chemical matter; in addition, provide direct scientific leadership to cross-functional program leads driving novel mRNA and LNP technology discovery

  • Define and lead the organization to execute against research plans and scientific deliverables with a sense of urgency

  • Identify critical capabilities and resource needs to achieve objectives, manage budget, and provide the roadmap for future technology development and implementation

  • Serve as a senior leader on the Platform Leadership Team, developing and evolving our holistic strategy and expanding your experience and influence beyond your core subject matter expertise

  • Facilitate a strong culture of innovation and collaboration within and between Platform Research and Technical Development

  • Deliver high-quality scientific presentations internally and externally to a variety of audiences, including leadership teams, governance committees, and scientific conferences

  • Drive chemistry intellectual property strategy in collaboration with IP team and contribute to peer-reviewed research articles and patent applications

  • Regularly assess external advances pertaining to mRNA medicines and medicinal and industrial chemistry, implementing novel capabilities as the field evolves

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field and 15+ years leading diverse groups of scientists

  • Experience in a pharmaceutical research setting developing nucleic acid therapeutics is strongly preferred

  • Highly effective leadership, including training and developing individual talent and building high-performing teams

  • Ability to relentlessly prioritize and align efforts with high impact opportunities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Thrives in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment

  • Current presence or willing to relocate to Cambridge or Norwood vicinity

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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Cambridge, MA
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