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Scientist, Analytical Development

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Dec 4, 2023

Job Details

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a highly skilled, talented and motivated scientist who will be focused on cellular and biochemical bioassays as well as CMC in vivo studies to support potency evaluation of Modernas mRNA pipeline from early to late development programs and to commercial products. The individual will work with other scientists within the Analytical Development and across the Moderna ecosystem.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Contribute as part of the AD Bioassay team towards the development and execution of variety of bioassay methods to support potency strategy evaluation of Modernas mRNA products

  • Develop, document, and transfer bioassays (e.g. cell-based in vitro bioassay) in support of internal screening, optimization, and scale-up efforts in pDNA, mRNA, and LNP process development and official release and stability testing of mRNA vaccines and therapeutics.

  • Develop science-driven and phase appropriate analytical bioassay strategies to support development of projects from initiation of clinical development through to commercial manufacture.

  • Understand and apply scientific principles, theories, concepts, practices and standards for bioassay method development

  • Demonstrate independent judgment in technique and method selection, protocol and study design and execution; data analysis and use of standard practices and procedures for a variety of bioassay challenges to meet assigned objectives

  • Work closely with colleagues within Moderna process development, QC, high-throughput testing group as well as collaborate with CMOs and CROs to transfer analytical technologies to multiple sites.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD in Biological Sciences or closely related field with over 1 year of experience or MSc in Biological Sciences or closely related field with over 3-5 years of experience in the development of bioassays

  • Strong background in biological assay development with advanced hands-on development. Experience with potency assay development, especially for mRNA and lipid nanoparticle characterization is highly desired.

  • Experience with a variety of bioassay development and their performance (ELISA, MSD, FACS, Luminex, REDA, others)

  • Experience in method development, method qualification and validation, and method transfer to a Quality Control group or CRO for GMP sample testing

  • Knowledge/understanding of regulatory guidance for bioassays and potency testing

  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively on cross-functional teams and within a dynamic environment.

  • Excellent communication (oral and written) and attention to detail

  • Ability to lead complex bioassay method development and suggest appropriate strategy for potency testing

  • Ability to prioritize work, navigate through ambiguity, adapt to change and manage multiple projects in a fast-paced environment

  • Ability to learn new techniques, work independently and as part of a team, perform multiple tasks simultaneously with a positive attitude, keep accurate records, follow instructions, and comply with company policies

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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