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Scientist, Process Development

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Feb 28, 2024

Job Details

The Role:

Moderna is working to develop first-in-class messenger RNA (mRNA) based medicines. Moderna is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Scientist with a strong background in Drug Product (DP) development in the biopharmaceutical/biotechnology space residing in Modernas Technical Development organization in Norwood, MA. This role is part of the Commercial Development and Readiness team and enables commercial and clinical supply for Modernas seasonal vaccines, individualized neoantigen therapies, and future products. The applicant should have strong communication and collaboration skills, along with multiple examples of a strong technical background in Drug Product Development.

The successful candidate should have strong experience in aseptic processing, tech transfer, visual inspection, and fill/finish process development. Ideal candidates should have prior demonstrated experience in supporting clinical/commercial drug product operations with a focus on pro-active process improvements and optimization, effective troubleshooting, interfacing with existing teams to collaboratively resolve process investigations and implement appropriate controls to ensure robust clinical/commercial manufacturing at internal/external manufacturing facilities. We seek applicants that are proactive, enthusiastic, and show a passion for their work. Applicants should have prior project leadership experience, communications skills with a track record of excellent written and oral communication skills and experience operating within a Quality Management System. The position will support cross-functional teams across Analytical Development, Manufacturing Sciences and Technology, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Quality, Regulatory and Program Management functions as well as with external CMO teams.

In this role, multi-day domestic and/or international travel (up to 20%) should be expected to support process investigations, technology transfer and provide Person-in-Plant (PiP) support for clinical/commercial batches.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Provide subject matter expert (SME) expertise and representation in cross-functional process investigations for clinical/commercial drug product.

  • Support processes related to fill/finish packaging, labeling, and logistical support for clinical trial products, as well as large scale manufacturing.

  • Support process investigations by active participation in root cause assessment exercises utilizing standard-industry tools.

  • Design and execute detailed experiments using appropriate scale down models, QbD principles and process characterization/modeling techniques to assess and confirm root causes of process deviations and identify effective mitigation tools.

  • Cross-functionally support establishment of appropriate CAPAs needed to improve robustness of clinical/commercial manufacturing of Modernas drug product.

  • Identify opportunities for pro-active process improvements and optimization based on commercial performance data to improve robustness of commercial manufacturing process.

  • Interface extensively in a matrixed environment with process development teams for process investigation support, assess new technologies, support on-going process characterization and post-approval changes.

  • Develop protocols to evaluate the compatibility of the drug product with processing materials, container closure components, and sterilization processes.

  • Support development of processes suitable to ensure long-term stability of bulk and vialed drug product.

  • Provide subject matter expertise on complex aseptic liquid and lyophilization filling applications. Equipment includes state-of-the-art, highly automated systems, as well as traditional, legacy systems.

  • Support technology transfer of drug product processes, both internally and to external CMOs. Serve as person-in-plant, where applicable.

  • Support scale-up/scale-down of drug product manufacturing (e.g. Fill/finish, Freeze/thaw, Lyophilization).

  • Serve as subject matter expert on particulate control and visual inspection processes across Modernas fill/finish operations.

  • Ensure that assigned processes are cGMP compliant and are designed to meet the regulations of the U.S FDA and the EMEA.

  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD with 0-2 years, MS with a minimum of 5 years or BS with a minimum of 8 years of industry experience in the biopharmaceutical/biotechnology space. Pharmaceutical Sciences, Chemical Engineering or related Scientific field preferred.

  • Prior experience with drug products based on nanoparticle delivery technology is preferred.

  • Demonstrated background of providing technical support to commercial manufacturing processes, including but not limited to, support of process investigations, implementation of pro-active process modifications and support of post-approval changes.

  • Experience with mature quality management systems, deviation management, change controls and CAPA implementation.

  • Hands-on experience with aseptic liquid filling of vials. Familiar with current varieties and suppliers of parenteral vials and stoppers.

  • Hands-on experience with best current practices and trends in disposable sterile technologies.

  • Experience with process scale-up/scale-down and technology transfer of FDA-regulated manufacturing processes.

  • Working knowledge of relevant FDA, EU, ICH guidelines and regulations.

  • Knowledge of GMP regulations, Process Validation/Qualification principles, and aseptic processing principles.

  • Hands-on experience with sterile filtration unit operations and a variety of filter membranes and manufacturers. Experience working with filter manufacturers on the design filter validation studies is a plus.

  • Preferred: Hands-on experience with aseptic lyophilization and aseptic filling of pre-filled syringes

  • Preferred: Fluent in PDA Technical Reports 22, 26, 60, and 79.

  • Creative/innovative/problem solver.

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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