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Principal Research Associate, High Throughput Operations

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Sep 28, 2023

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Title: Principal Research Associate, High Throughput Operations (HTOps)

Location: Norwood, MA

Reports to: Senior Engineer II/HTOPs

The Role:

The Principal Research Associate TDHT Production Operations will support new technology process transfer, failure investigation, and production troubleshooting. This position will require both independent and collaborative work across operating and development teams to implement robust processes to produce DNA, RNA, and LNP. The successful candidate must demonstrate the drive to be part of a dynamic, fast-paced, and highly motivated team.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Lead technology transfer activities to ensure timely and successful tech transfer and enable right first-time execution in HTOps.

  • Lead or participate in cross functional projects teams tasked with platform improvement or building new manufacturing capabilities.

  • Collaborate with multiple departments including Process Development, Integrated Robotics, Digital, and Analytical Development to implement new processes

  • Update and write technical documentation and standard operating procedure (SOPs) associated with HTOps production as needed

  • Analyze complex data to inform areas for improvement

  • Provide technical support for DNA, RNA, and LNP manufacturing including troubleshooting, process improvements, and failure resolution.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • BS/MS in Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemistry or related discipline

  • 4-6 years of relevant experience

  • Highly organized with drive and flexibility to operate in a fast-paced and dynamic workplace

  • Ability to lead and work in large cross-functional teams

  • Exceptional analytical and communication skills (oral and written)

  • Ability to analyze large, complex data

  • Technical agility. The capability to manage diverse technical areas

  • Experience with process tech transfer, including facility fit assessment and definition of process and equipment requirements

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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