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2024 Co-Op, Bioinformatics

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Nov 19, 2023

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The Roles:

Exciting opportunities to work with Ph.D.-level computational biologists advancing Modernas mRNA therapeutics platform. This application covers three roles. Candidates with interest and skills fitting one or more of these are encouraged to apply.

Our co-op program goes from: January 16th to June 14th 2024. All applicants must be available for the entire duration of the program and available to work onsite in Cambridge, MA

Heres What Youll Do:

All roles:

  • Attend meetings with data creators and experiment designers to better understand end-user needs

  • Meet weekly (or more, if you prefer) with your mentor for guidance and collaboration

  • Present at least once to the Bioinformatics team

Oxford Nanopore role:

  • Develop new workflows using Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT)

  • Explore methodologies for detection and quantification of modified bases with ONT

  • Assist in improvement of existing ONT workflows

  • Research methods and benchmark open-source tools

Oncology bioinformatics role:

  • Support data curation and analysis of sequencing data from public domain

mRNA Design and RNA structure role:

  • Apply new techniques to predict RNA secondary structure

  • Contribute to benchmarking structure prediction tools

  • Assist in development and improvement of visualizations and internal applications

  • Attend meetings with data creators and experiment designers to understand end-user needs

Basic Qualifications (all roles):

  • Minimum GPA of 3.4

  • Masters or PhD student preferred

  • Degree in Bioinformatics; Computational Biology; Computer Science preferred

  • Proficient in python and/or R

  • Comfortable working in Unix environment and high-performance computing

  • Data visualization

  • Scientific communication and presentation

  • Previous co-op or intern experience preferred

  • Must be curious, eager, open to learning, and independent

  • Authorized to work in the U.S

Preferred Technical Skills

All roles:

  • Previous experience working in cloud environment such as AWS

  • Previous experience with version control (git)

Oxford Nanopore role:

  • Experience using ONT-related bioinformatic tools (eg: guppy, nanopolish, minimap2, etc.)

  • Experience working with NGS alignment data (samtools, pysam)

  • Experience with direct RNA-seq

  • Comfortable with both R and python

  • Familiarity with bioinformatic pipelines

Oncology bioinformatics role:

  • Experience with RNA-seq and WES data analysis

  • Familiarity with stat-of-art bioinformatic pipelines for sequencing data analysis

  • Knowledge with immunogenomics or cancer vaccine is a plus

  • Comfortable with R and/or python

mRNA Design and RNA structure role:

  • Experience RNA secondary structure prediction

  • Experience working closely with molecular biology and biochemistry colleagues

  • Coursework in statistics or algorithms

  • Must be very proficient in python

Moderna is pleased to provide you with an innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Free premium access to meditation and mindfulness classes
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    Discretionary year-end shutdown
  • 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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