Associate Director, Bioinformatics

January 04 2018
Organization Type
Associate Director, Bioinformatics

Position Summary

Moderna is seeking an Associate Director to join the Computational Sciences group. You will provide scientific, technical, and strategic leadership for a team of talented scientists working on a broad range of bioinformatics and computational biology activities, including the analysis and interpretation of a variety of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data. You will also contribute as an individual to a variety of bioinformatics projects. This is an excellent opportunity to join an innovative group contributing to the advancement of basic science, processes, and therapeutic programs across Moderna.


  • Lead and support a team of talented bioinformaticians and computational biologists
  • Identify and execute on new opportunities for collaboration and impact across the company
  • Contribute to the strategic leadership of the Computational Sciences group
  • Lead the development, deployment, and application of novel algorithms, analyses, and pipelines
  • Perform and supervise the analysis, visualization, and interpretation of large, complex datasets from a variety of experimental assays, especially modern NGS platforms
  • Lead internal projects and manage external collaborations
  • Implement rigorous statistical analyses, including design of experiment, hypothesis testing, and more across a range of experiments, data types, and applications
  • Manage resources and priorities to ensure timely delivery of high quality results


  • PhD in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology, Genomics, Biostatistics, or related discipline
  • 8+ years of relevant experience, including 3+ years of team and/or project leadership
  • Proven ability to manage, mentor, and develop highly productive individuals and teams
  • Hands-on experience with a broad range of current bioinformatics and computational biology tools, methods, and applications
  • Knowledge of molecular biology, especially as related to mRNA
  • Experience leveraging data from large-scale, open repositories and integrating datasets to mine for deeper insights
  • Fluency in Python, including packages in the scientific computing stack
  • Familiarity with best practices in software development, including version control, unit and integration testing, documentation, and deployment
  • Experience with high performance computing and cloud computing platforms
  • Fluency in a wide range of statistical methods, including hypothesis testing, design of experiment, and modeling
  • Track record of productivity and innovation as evidenced by patents and publications
  • Outstanding communication skills, especially of conclusions drawn from large, complex datasets
  • Ability to effectively collaborate in a fast-paced, dynamic environment


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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