(Contract) Research Associate, Drug Product Analytical Development

July 19 2018
Organization Type
(Contract) Research Associate, Drug Product Analytical Development

The Role:

The primary responsibilities of this contract role will be to support development and conduct of analytical methods for messenger RNA therapeutic drug products.  The incumbent will be expected to undertake laboratory work to support testing and data collation for internal release and stability studies.  The role will also require the individual to work with external contract research organizations (CRO's) or contract manufacturing organizations (CMO's) to transfer methods and monitor the progress of placed work.

Additional responsibilities include developing methods for drug product components and drug product in-process tests, characterization of impurities, and qualification of analytical methods. This position will support cross-functional teams in Research and Development, Production and Quality.

Here's What You'll Do:

  • Undertake analytical testing using established methods to generate high quality data to support internal release and supporting stability studies.
  • Develop methods in collaboration with supervisor and perform verification and validation experiments.
  • Write analytical method SOP's and train personnel on methods as needed.
  • Qualify methods and transfer to / from contract organizations.
  • Provide summary presentations and detailed reports to internal and external stake holders.
  • Maintain and troubleshoot equipment performance as needed.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:

  • BS with 3 years or MS with 2 years of relevant industry or undergraduate experience in analytical chemistry.
  • BS/MS in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, or closely related field.
  • Knowledge of HPLC and modes of separation (e.g. ion exchange, reverse phase ion pair, size exclusion).
  • Knowledge of equipment platforms (e.g. Thermo, Waters, Agilent) and data processing software (e.g. Chromeleon, Chemstation, Empower).
  • Knowledge of nucleic acid chemistry and biology and standard methods of analysis of these molecules.
  • Proven track record for managing method transfers and qualifications at external CMOs/CRO's.
  • Hands on industry experience with analytical development for RNA and DNA therapeutics
  • Knowledge of GMP and GLP regulations and guidance on analytical method validation (ICH Q2 (R1)

Why join Moderna Therapeutics

We are pioneering a new class of medicines made of messenger RNA, or mRNA. The potential implications of using mRNA as a drug are significant and far-reaching. It could transform not only how certain diseases are treated but also how medicines are discovered, developed and manufactured - at a breadth, scale and speed not common in the biopharma industry. 

Since our founding in 2011, we have built the industry's leading mRNA technology platform, the infrastructure to accelerate drug discovery and speed early development, a rapidly expanding pipeline, and an unparalleled team. Our development pipeline includes development candidates for mRNA-based vaccines and therapies spanning several therapeutic areas, and we have multiple clinical trials already underway with other development candidates progressing toward the clinic. In addition, we have a number of discovery programs that are advancing toward the development stage. 

We invite you to explore our site to learn more about our company and how we are advancing the promise of mRNA science to improve health and impact lives around the world. 

Our Mission:
Deliver on the promise of mRNA science to create a new generation of transformative medicines for patients.


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