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Sr. Research Associate, Cancer Vaccine Research Immunology and Flow Cytometry

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
May 15, 2024

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Regulatory, Science/R&D, Immunology, Oncology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a highly motivated and experienced Senior Research Associate (SRA) with a strong background in immunology and flow cytometry to join the Cancer Vaccine Research (CVR) group. In addition to deep understanding and hands-on experience in high-parameter spectral flow cytometry, this role requires proven expertise in primary mouse and human immune cell functional assays. The SRA will be an integral part in building and applying high parameter flow cytometry and complex immune assays to generate key data to drive program/project decisions.

Here's What Youll Do:

  • Develop high parameter spectral flow cytometry assays to assess mouse and human immune cell phenotype and function.

  • Establish rigorous sample processing workflows and data analysis pipelines to achieve high measurement precision with minimal non-biological data variation.

  • Independently plan/execute experiments and perform data analysis.

  • Troubleshoot experiments and diligently record results in electronic lab notebook.

  • Serve as a technical expert for flow cytometry assay development, execution, instrument QC and maintenance, training, and governance.

  • Employ strategies for high parameter flow cytometry data analysis using OMIQ and FlowJo.

  • Establish and perform orthogonal immune cell functional assays to support flow cytometry data, such as MSD, EliSpot/FluoroSpot and co-culture assays.

  • Perform high-parameter cell sorting experiments.

  • Assist in establishing SOPs for functional immune assays.

  • Collaborate with multiple teams to achieve shared project goals.

  • Maintain and support safe lab practices and environment.

  • Faithfully document scientific work and contribute to reports, presentations, and regulatory submissions

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications):

  • BA/BS degree in Immunology, Life Sciences, Biology, or related field with experience in flow cytometry.

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working with primary immune cells and cell-based assays with at least 2 of those years in the biotech/pharmaceutical industry.

  • Expertise in conventional and spectral flow cytometry and cell sorting, preferably using human samples.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • Experience performing immune assays. Prior experience in preparing human samples for high parameter flow cytometry analysis, cell sorting for downstream single cell sequencing is highly preferred.

  • Expertise in cell-based immune assays.

  • Primary cell isolation and culture, particularly for human T/B and dendritic cells is highly preferred.

  • Experience designing and testing high-parameter flow cytometry assays (intracellular cytokine staining, cytokine bead array, ELISA, cell sorting, etc.).

  • In depth expertise using flow cytometers such as Cytek Aurora, BD Fortessa/Symphony and cell sorting using Cytek CS/BD Symphony platforms.

  • Experience and deep understanding of flow cytometry data analysis software OMIQ is high preferred.

  • Flexibility with changing priorities and urgent project requests.

  • Applicants should be highly collaborative team players, excellent communicators and have a demonstrable track record of research accomplishments.

  • 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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