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Sr. Engineer I, Automated Systems Engineering

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
May 18, 2024

Job Details

The Role

Moderna is looking for a Senior Engineer I to join the Automated Systems Engineering team at our site in Norwood MA. The person in this role will work on the development, demonstration, and delivery of projects related to automated systems, help with documentation, and act as an SME in cross-functional teams. This role will have a significant impact across our organization by enabling cross-functional cooperation between teams that support our technical development and technical operations organizations. The successful candidate will be a key player during the design, build, test, deploy, and continuous improvement stages of key automated systems. This is a chance to be part of a progressive team and to make a difference in life-changing technologies.

Here's What Youll Do:

  • Collaborate with scientists to adapt bench top workflows to semi and fully automated workflows through requirement gathering, scripting, and deployment of liquid handlers and integrated automation platforms.

  • Lead efforts to successfully deploy custom designed equipment for use in a pre-clinical, GLP, and GMP environments.

  • Leverage your technical expertise to help shape our digital transformation by partnering with Digital and Systems Integration teams to integrate automation into our computational and data infrastructure.

  • Prepare detailed development documents and provide hands-on training to operators allowing for successful handoff of automation platforms.

  • Provide method development and troubleshooting support for existing automation workflows.

  • Evaluate new automation to introduce cutting edge technologies to the team and wider organization.

  • Follow engineering best practices to create robust lab automation infrastructure.

  • Employ robust version control during method development.

  • Act as a mentor for junior engineers, fostering a culture of learning and growth.

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

  • BS in molecular biology, computer engineering/science, bioengineering or similar with 5+ years laboratory automation experience.

  • Experience programming and developing with laboratory automation software/hardware and liquid handlers.

  • Ability to routinely lift up to 15 lb. and occasionally up to 45 lb.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • M.S. in STEM or a related field with 5+ years experience in a relevant industry or Phd with academic experience in a related field.

  • Experience fully integrating automation hardware into data infrastructure, scheduling software, cloud infrastructure, and/or analytics software.

  • Experience with 3rd party automation hardware such as decappers, centrifuges, dispensers, sealers/peelers, etc.

  • Experience in DoE experimental design and method development.

  • Experience with sample storage automation such as Liconic or Hamilton storage.

  • Direct experience configuring and optimizing Hamilton STAR/Vantage automated liquid handling systems.

  • Experience with LIMS systems and ELN such as Benchling and LabVantage.

  • Experience with Bitbucket/GIT version control tools.

  • Hands-on lab experience in one of the following areas: DNA assembly, plasmid creation and amplification, analytical assay development for DNA/RNA, and NGS.

  • Experience with scheduling software such as Cellario, Green Button Go, Momentum, etc.

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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