Research Associate, Process Innovation

September 15 2017
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Research Associate, Process Innovation

Position Summary

We're looking for a new member of the Process Innovation team at Moderna! The primary responsibilities of this Research Associate will be to assist in the design of novel nucleic acid systems and to evaluate their effect on mRNA potency using cell-based assays. The position will be very collaborative. An ideal candidate will work effectively and happily alongside a diverse set of personalities. Process Innovation does high-risk/high-reward science. An ideal candidate will respond to challenges with persistence and determination. Ultimately, we are looking for a candidate who is enthusiastic and creative but who can also work through difficult problems with diligence and persistence.


  • Assist in designing novel nucleic acid systems to improve mRNA potency.
  • Perform a variety of cell-based assays based upon ELISA or fluorescence/luminescence.
  • Effectively compile, analyze, and plot results and then communicate them in group settings.
  • Maintenance of mammalian cell cultures.
  • Maintenance and management of a large inventory of samples. 


  • Bachelor degree in molecular biology or a related field.
  • Knowledge of nucleic acid chemistry and biology and standard methods relevant to these molecules (examples: PCR, HPLC, gel electrophoresis, capillary electrophoresis, etc.).
  • Non-academic experience in a laboratory setting (co-op experience is acceptable).
  • Preferred: Experience with RNA and common enzymes used to produce and manipulate it.
  • Preferred: Experience with cell culture.
  • Preferred: Experience with Python or a similar scripting language.
  • Preferred: Experience with RNA/DNA purification.


Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

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