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Sr. Director, Lead Epidemiologist, Latent Virus (EBV)

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Jun 3, 2024

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Science/R&D, Pathology, Virology
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

The Role:

Moderna is seeking an experienced Epidemiologist to develop the epidemiologic strategy and execute activities to support its Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) vaccine portfolio. This includes developing the epidemiological strategy for EBV. A PhD in epidemiology is required, along with 10 years of industry experience, preferably within vaccine development.

This role will report to Modernas Executive Director Epidemiology Lead, Infectious Diseases Therapeutic Area, and will drive the strategic development and execution of the epidemiology plans for EBV. The position can be based at Modernas Cambridge, MA or Bethesda, MD site.

The successful candidate is driven, curious, collaborative, with a bold ambition to contribute to the development of ground-breaking mRNA-based vaccines. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills and a collaborative mindset.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Accountable for the leadership, development, and execution of the Epidemiology strategy for EBV vaccines.

  • Provide epidemiologic input to the product development, clinical, safety, and regulatory affairs teams, contributing to the integrated evidence generation plans for EBV.

  • Design and execute pre- and potentially post-marketing epidemiology plans, including burden of disease studies, literature reviews and gap analyses, mathematical modeling, and post-marketing safety, effectiveness, and impact studies, as needed.

  • Set the scientific direction and develop protocols, data analysis plans, study reports and peer-reviewed publications to support EBV.

  • Drafting and review of the unmet medical need section of regulatory documents.

  • Actively contribute to the development of Target Product Profiles, particularly in terms of demonstrating burden of disease/unmet medical need and shaping post-licensure plans.

  • Serve as a key partner with Medical Affairs and Commercial teams in terms of market-shaping activities, including assisting with HE models.

  • Develop collaborations with key epidemiology partners in the external environment.

  • Provide epidemiologic support to other Moderna infectious disease epidemiology programs as needed.

  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with the broader Moderna organization.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • PhD in Epidemiology. Strong preference given to candidates with previous experience in vaccine research or development and for candidates with experience with EBV.

  • 10 years experience in an industry setting, preferably in vaccines or a related therapeutic area. Proven ability to:

    • Plan and execute epidemiologic studies and related activities

    • Deliver high-quality results within established timelines

    • Demonstrated track record in leading cross-functional teams and work streams.

  • Creative problem-solver with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

  • Attention to detail, internal drive to generate high-quality work, and sense of passion and urgency to achieve team and program goals.

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving and strategic planning skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills commensurate with the need to work closely with CROs, investigators, consultants, and Moderna team members across functions in a matrix environment.

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills to meet the needs of varied audiences.

  • Integrated understanding of global regulatory authorities, ICH GCP, and GPP/GEP guidelines.

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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