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Sr. Research Associate, Process Development

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Feb 23, 2024

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The Role

Moderna is working to develop first-in-class messenger RNA (mRNA) based medicines. We are seeking a highly skilled and motivated Sr. Research Associate to join Modernas Technical Development organization in Norwood, MA.

In this role, you will support the development of manufacturing processes for Modernas mRNA-based medicines to enable clinical and commercial supply, with a focus on process understanding and process control strategy definition, and the optimization, transfer, and characterization of manufacturing processes. The role will additionally interface with and support cross-functional teams across CMC, Research and Development, Pre-clinical and Clinical Manufacturing, Quality, and Analytical Development.

The successful candidate must be able to work in a fast paced and highly dynamic environment, will have relevant academic and or industrial experience in drug delivery, process development or formulation development, and will be able to contribute to both process development and commercialization related activities. We seek applicants that are proactive, enthusiastic, and show a passion for their work. Applicants should have exceptional time management and communications skills with a strong attention to detail. Previous experience with chromatography, nanoparticle formulations, filtration technologies, mixing technologies, and/or statistical design of experiments is preferred.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Design, execute, and analyze experiments for existing and novel process modes

  • Develop commercial manufacturing processes, characterize the process design space, and define critical process parameters

  • Collect, archive, process, and organize samples for downstream analyses

  • Maintain good documentation practice through electronic lab notebooks and technical reports

  • Clearly communicate results to a wide audience, both internally and cross-functionally

  • Execute and troubleshoot standard protocols, and develop and adapt new protocols into practice

  • Maintain positive relationships with internal business partners to facilitate collaborative development across all functions

  • Deliver reproducible and impactful results under ambitious timelines

  • Additional duties as may be assigned from time to time

Heres What Youll Need (Basic Qualifications)

  • Bachelors and minimum of 2 years of work experience or Masters in pharmaceutical sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, or closely related field

  • Experience in designing, executing, and analyzing scientific experiments

  • Experience in laboratory work and knowledge of appropriate laboratory hygiene

  • Knowledge of bioprocess engineering principles, processes, and analytical techniques

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Hands-on experience with chromatography, ultrafiltration, normal flow filtration, and development of innovative unit operations or experience in nucleic acid drug development (DNA, RNA, oligonucleotides) and/or nanoparticle delivery.

  • Excellent technical writing and verbal communication skills

  • Strong interpersonal skills in dynamic settings

  • Working knowledge of statistical design of experiments (DoE) and analysis of multivariate data

  • Experience in technology transfer and optimization of manufacturing processes.

  • Familiarity with lipid nanoparticle process development

  • Experience with analytics and biophysical characterization of nanoparticles

  • Knowledge of cGMP, ICH, regulatory guidelines and QbD principles as they apply to risk management and product commercialization

  • A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.

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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