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2024 Co-Op, Infectious Disease Research, Antigen Design & Selection

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Nov 30, 2023

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The Role:

The Moderna Research Co-op program is a 6-month experiential training program for students currently working towards an undergraduate or advanced degree in life sciences. During the co-op you will learn about the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry and gain valuable hands-on experience in one of the most bold and relentless companies currently leading the field in mRNA-LNP science. You will work under the supervision of an experienced Moderna team member and have opportunities for cross-team collaboration, networking, and mentorship. You will develop laboratory skills and learn about lab safety, experimental design, scientific strategy, and record keeping.

If you are bold, relentless, collaborative and obsess over learning, a co-op at Moderna will help augment your research experience and accelerate your career.

Our winter/spring co-op program is from January 16th June 14th, 2024. All applicants must be available for the entire duration of the program.

Heres What Youll Do:

Infectious Diseases: Be part of the team responsible for advancing vaccine candidates from discovery to clinical trials and work within a specific focus within the Infectious Disease team on, Antigen Design & Selection: The overarching goal of Antigen Design & Selection is to rationally design and select antigen variants that have the highest chance of success in clinical trials. This overall goal can be achieved by combining the powers of 1) Structural biology and structure-based antigen design, 2) Protein production and purification, 3) Antigen screening and characterization, and 4) Bioinformatics analysis and computation-aided designs. We are seeking co-ops to have direct exposure to Structure Biology and Antigen screening and characterization.

  • With guidance, execute protein and cell-based assays (Flow cytometry, SDS-PAGE, Western Blot

  • Culture mammalian cell lines for downstream applications

  • Collaborate with direct team members to translate and transition new assays (cellular, biochemical, and biophysical) to an automated platform.

  • Collaborate with direct team members to optimize existing automated workflows

  • Utilize an ELN to capture experimental results and participate in LIMS integration.

  • Assist in reagent ordering and inventory and design of new automation equipment.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or advanced degree program in biomedical sciences (Biology, Chemistry, Computational Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Structural Biology), or bioengineering or similar.

  • Basic knowledge of basic lab procedures (such as pipetting) required

  • Technical experience in any of the following areas desired: cell/tissue culture, transfections, protein purification (affinity chromatography and size-exclusion chromatography), protein analytics (SDS-PAGE), protein detection methods (e.g., MSD, ELISA), molecular biology techniques (e.g., PCR, DNA/RNA extractions), cell characterization (e.g., flow cytometry), assay development and troubleshooting, structural biology methodologies (x-ray crystallography and electron microscopy).

  • Prior co-op or internship experience is preferred but not required

  • Self-motivated, enthusiastic, and possess the desire to drive a project to completion. Flexible and capable of working in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

  • Legal authorization to work in the US

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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