Sr./Principal Scientist, Formulation Design

February 15 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Sr./Principal Scientist, Formulation Design

Position Summary

This scientific leadership role within Formulation and Delivery Technologies will be responsible for formulation design of novel formulations and evaluation of external technologies for delivery mRNA in a variety of contexts. 

The successful candidate will oversee aspects of the mRNA formulation design efforts in a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary environment.  Formulation and device application evaluations based on a strong materials science and engineering foundation are key attributes for the candidate in this position.  A breadth of knowledge of materials science, nanotechnologies for formulation design, nucleic acids and protein biologics, devices, drug delivery and general pharmaceutical product R&D is highly desirable.  The individual will balance internal effort with external initiatives to identify, organize and engage in collaborations based on emerging needs.  Ability to contribute to formulation design for pre-clinical and clinical programs is a key requirement.  Candidates must have a strong foundation in chemistry, materials science / engineering with a record of achieving technology development and research goals on aggressive timelines through effective collaboration with all stakeholders.  Experience integrating materials characterization, pre-clinical formulation work, toxicology and clinical feedback into robust dosage form candidates in a cross-functional setting is essential.  This position has significant visibility and potential for growth in a dynamic organization. 


  • Identify and prepare novel formulations as part of cross-functional team
  • Interact closely with internal R&D groups and partners in conducting efficacy and Formulation evaluation/PK/PD/Tox studies
  • Manage external evaluations of formulation and device technologies in collaboration with internal stakeholders and the relevant parties at non-Moderna companies
  • Oversee work plans and their execution to provide clarity on fit of successful technologies with Moderna needs
  • Link with venture/partner formulation group and new venture lab to understand current and emerging initiatives requiring delivery solutions
  • Ability to manage in a matrix of scientists and engineers internally and externally
  • Maintain accountability for project success and results delivery
  • Contribute to scientific and strategy discussions to advance and enhance platforms and product candidates
  • Communicate research and development findings


  • Ph.D. with 4+ years of industry experience in formulation of various molecules including nucleic acids for in vivo delivery:  mRNA experience is preferred
  • Pharmaceutical formulation and characterization expertise from industry
  • Strong foundation in chemistry, materials science, bio-engineering, chemical engineering or related field
  • A track record of achievement in products, patents and publications
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, comfort with senior management interactions
  • Positive team building and teamwork skills:  Innate ability to influence, lead and inspire people, within function and beyond functional/company boundaries


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