Research Associate, Delivery Sciences

August 22 2018
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Research Associate, Delivery Sciences

The Role:
The Research Associate will work closely with the Delivery Innovation and Drug Product, Process Sciences teams to manufacture lipid nanoparticles (LNPs). Novel LNPs will be manufactured in a high-throughput manner and screened for lead candidates to advance.  The Research Associate will have a unique opportunity to work in both a research and production environment, utilizing state-of-the-art automation to enable manufacture. 

Here's What You'll Do:

  • Prepare raw material mixes for nanoparticle synthesis, and maintain registry in informatics database
  • Manufacture LNPs using automated platform to support in vitro and in vivo studies
  • Perform biophysical and chemical characterization of LNPs, including particle size, mRNA encapsulation, mRNA integrity, and storage stability
  • Coordinate cross-functional sample distribution and testing
  • Generate weekly production data reports for review by larger team consisting of chemists, engineers, and formulation scientists

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

  • BS/BA in Engineering, Chemistry or Biology with 0-2 years in Biotech, Pharma, or CRO/CMO
  • Outstanding communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Detail oriented and can perform technical duties following standard operating procedures to ensure highest quality of product
  • Highly organized with excellent time management skills and ability to multi-task
  • Flexibility/adaptability to change
  • Proficiency in Excel and JMP preferred
  • Candidate will be curious in exploring new path for drug discovery, bold in proposing creative experimental designs and ideas. Will work collaboratively with multifunctional teams and will be relentless in pursuing successful outcomes

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

  • Daily on-site catered lunches
  • Company-provided iPhone
  • Free parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail pass.
  • Highly competitive healthcare coverage. Including: medical offered through BCBS (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision offered through VSP
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses.
  • 401k (traditional and Roth offered) with 50% match on first 6% deferred. Match is vested immediately.
  • A suite of Moderna paid insurance coverage, including: life insurance, short-term and long-term disability
  • Voluntary legal assistance plan
  • 15 days' vacation and 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays.
  • Adoption assistance, competitive parental leave, discount to local childcare centers, as well as access to

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.


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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