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Sr. Research Associate, Clinical Biomarker Laboratory, Virus Neutralization Assays & Bio-Analytics

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Mar 1, 2024

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The Role:

Moderna is seeking a talented, experienced and motivated Senior Research Associate to join the Clinical Immuno-Assay group to serve as an analyst for the biomarker assay development, qualification/ validation to support programs across multiple therapeutic areas. The candidate is expected to

independently execute experiments and conduct clinical samples analysis in a regulated laboratory at Moderna.

The candidate will have knowledge of best practices in bioanalytical assay procedures, and prior experience in running assay validation and conducting data acquisition on clinical specimen. In addition, the candidate may train junior team members when and where needed to perform analytical work and maintain clinical testing continuity. The ability to effectively communicate within a project team and with external partners is expected. The candidate will stay aware of the newest technology and critical reagents in his/ her field of expertise. The candidate should be a collaborative team member and an excellent communicator to support Modernas portfolio needs.

The candidate will work closely with project team members to develop analytical methods and characterization tools in support of our clinical phase studies. The position will report to the Director of Immuno-Assay.

Here's What Youll Do:

  • Under the guidance of project lead, be responsible for the overall quality and integrity of assigned bioanalytical projects in support of clinical trials at Moderna

    • As a key analyst, conduct assay development, qualification/validation and sample analysis on a variety of platforms (ELISA, MSD, Ella, Hamilton)

    • Deliver high quality data within defined timelines and aligned to current industry expectations

    • Review and QC data, author bioanalytical reports

    • Identify and resolve quality issues and report issues to upper management

  • May serve as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in a multifunctional project team

    • Represent the bioanalytical function on project teams and present results, data interpretation, timelines etc. at project meetings

  • Occasionally the job may require overtime work or weekend shift as needed

  • Coach and train junior staff within the lab

  • Assume assigned general laboratory responsibilities, e.g. safety coordinator, instrument/process/technology owner etc

  • Always ensure staff compliance with safety and regulatory guidelines. Maintain training records

  • Attending technical conferences and exhibits as required

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Bachelor or MSc with 2+ years experience in bioanalysis or related field preferably in a regulated environment for biomarker analysis

  • Demonstrated level of independence

  • Flexibility with changing priorities and urgent project requests

  • Good level of understanding and expertise in design and executing ligand binding based bioanalytical methods

  • Knowledge in best practices recommended by FDA, CLSI to conduct development, qualification and validation of assays (e.g. M10 Bioanalytical Method Validation)

  • Good written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills

  • Good computational skills, preferably experienced with Word, Excel, Power Point, GraphPad Prism

  • Knowledge of system software for data analysis: Softmax pro, Gen 5 and basic laboratory statistics

  • Experience with LIMS system

  • Understanding of current GLP or CAP/CLIA/ISO standards

  • Preferably experienced with Multiplex immunoassay

  • Preferably experienced with bioanalytical assays for vaccine development and infectious disease

  • Preferably experienced with cell-based neutralization assay

  • Preferably experienced with cell culture, ex vivo assays and cell isolation from tissues

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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