Skip to main content

This job has expired

You will need to login before you can apply for a job.

Sr. Director, Pulmonary Research

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Mar 2, 2024

View more

Job Details

Reporting to CSO, External Research Ventures of Moderna, the Senior Director (SD) of Pulmonary Research is responsible for overseeing our therapeutic pulmonary research projects as well as leading and managing our external pulmonary research collaborations. The SD of Pulmonary Research will be responsible for building our internal pulmonary capabilities and expertise, overseeing mRNA drug discovery projects into preclinical development, and driving the strategy for this emerging therapeutic area. The SD will work closely with multiple internal stakeholders across functions including Platform, Nonclinical Sciences, Translational, Clinical Development, and R&D Strategy in addition to key external stakeholders involved in our external collaborations. This is a superb opportunity for a highly motivated leader with pulmonary drug discovery expertise to join our dynamic team and impact our early pipeline.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Build and establish internal pulmonary capabilities and expertise to enable the inhaled pulmonary modality and therapeutics area
  • Lead and direct a range of internal pulmonary therapeutic research projects. Define objectives for research projects and ensure high-quality execution of these projects, including oversight of assays, study designs, and data
  • Advance pulmonary therapeutic research projects into early development
  • Oversee and manage relationships with external partners and collaborators. Serve as Program Lead for external collaboration, effectively managing a large cross-functional internal team and working closely with external stakeholders to scientifically direct collaborations
  • Mentor and have direct management responsibilities for the pulmonary research team
  • Stay up-to-date with the latest scientific advances in pulmonary research and identify opportunities to incorporate new research methods and technologies
  • Promote cross-functional collaboration across the organization
  • Effectively communicate research progress, challenges and results to a variety of stakeholders, including teams across R&D organizations

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Ph.D. in pulmonary pharmacology, respiratory medicine, or related field with 12 years of relevant experience in pulmonary research in industry setting
  • Strong pulmonary physiology and pharmacology experience
  • Excellent leadership and team building skills.
  • Strong track record driving discovery projects into early development and leading successful research teams and projects
  • Proven ability to oversee and manage strategic partnerships and collaborations.
  • Deep understanding of the scientific aspects of drug discovery and development
  • Excellent leadership and team building skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills scaling through all levels of the organization, including senior management.
  • Strong leadership skills and an ability to collaborate productively across multiple cross-functional project teams are paramount.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment; ability to adapt to changes with demonstrated flexibility to pivot as warranted and needed.
  • Acts with urgency with the understanding that actions today compound lives saved tomorrow.
  • Acts like an owner, obsesses over learning, questions convention, and strives to push past possible.
  • Scientific rigor & commitment to excellence and innovation.


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.


Stock Symbol:


Stock Exchange:



Facebook  Instagram  Twitter


Company info
200 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert