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Principal Research Associate, Drug Product Development

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Apr 12, 2024

Job Details

The Role

Moderna is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Scientist or Engineer to join our Respiratory Drug Product Development (DPD) team in Norwood, MA. To support Modernas exciting pipeline of products, the DPD team works to develop, characterize, and implement robust clinical/commercial manufacturing processes. From pre-clinical through commercialization, DPD is accountable for product image definition, formulation development, process development, characterization and scale up as well as technology transfer. The focus of this role will be supporting product development and program progression through planning and executing studies in the laboratory, and the authoring of protocols, reports, and regulatory documentation.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Enable drug product development and execute analytical development studies in respiratory space with a focus on phase appropriate method qualification. This will involve working closely with various internal and external analytical groups to assess test method readiness.

  • Design, execute, and document studies to characterize and/or scale-up operations (freeze/thaw, mixing, filtration, filling, visual inspection, etc.).

  • Develop approaches and execute studies to evaluate the compatibility of Drug Product with processing materials, container closure components, and sterilization processes.

  • Participate in Drug Product teams responsible for Drug Product formulation and process development for pipeline and lifecycle management projects.

  • Maintain meticulous records through ELN and report authoring to ensure documentation compliance in support of cGMP activities.

  • Lead multiple activities in parallel to drive projects to completion, meeting timelines and key deliverables with a focus on respiratory delivery.

  • Support authoring and review of regulatory submissions.

  • Additional duties as may be assigned from time to time

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • Bachelors or Masters Degree in Chemical / Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Biochemistry, or related discipline with a minimum of 5 (Bachelors) or 3 (Masters) years industry experience in biopharmaceutical development.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • Exceptional laboratory skills and demonstrated knowledge in operation characterization and scale up, with an ability to multitask.

  • Experience with analytical characterization and respiratory analytical methods and testing.

  • Candidate will be curious in understanding key scientific questions and tailoring analytical assays to answer them, and bold in trying new analytical approaches. Ability work collaboratively with multifunctional teams and will be relentless in solving technical problems of separation and detection

  • Ability to perform data analysis using advanced statistical, including design of experiments (DoE) approaches leveraging statistical analysis software.

  • Experience with GMP and GLP compliance and process validation

  • Experience in clinical or commercial Drug Product (or related) GMP technology transfer and validation would be a plus.

  • 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.

As we build our company, we have always believed an in-person culture is critical to our success. Moderna champions the significant benefits of in-office collaboration by embracing a 70/30 work model. This 70% in-office structure helps to foster a culture rich in innovation, teamwork, and direct mentorship. Join us in shaping a world where every interaction is an opportunity to learn, contribute and make a meaningful impact.

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 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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