Research Associate, Drug Product Analytical Development

October 11 2018
Organization Type
Research Associate, Drug Product Analytical Development

The Role:

The primary responsibilities of this role will be to support testing of analytical methods for messenger RNA therapeutic drug substances and drug products including both chemical separation and biophysical techniques.  The incumbent will be expected to undertake laboratory work to support release and stability testing of critical non-GMP large scale batches including IND-enabling drug substance and drug product batches. Analyst may be also responsible for generation and maintenance internal documentation including summaries of analysis (SoA), study protocols, MEMOs and reports.

Additional responsibilities include troubleshooting analytical methods when required, trending analytical method performance, and support for drug product non-GMP/GMP investigations. This position will support cross-functional teams in Research and Development, Production and Quality.

This role will initially be located in Cambridge, MA and could transition to Norwood, MA as new lab space is completed.

Here's What You'll Do:

  • Undertake analytical testing using established methods to generate high quality data to support drug product and drug substance release and stability.
  • Generation of internal documentation including SoAs, stability protocols, test method revisions and reports
  • Support in process testing for internal drug product manufacturing.
  • Troubleshoot analytical instrumentation and methods as required, and trending analytical method performance.
  • Maintain good GLP lab and documentation practices.
  • Provide summary presentations and detailed reports to internal and external stake holders.

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

  • BS with 1-6 years of relevant industry experience or relevant undergraduate experience in analytical chemistry.
  • BS/MS in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, or closely related field.
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience of HPLC and modes of separation (e.g. ion exchange, reverse phase ion pairing, size exclusion).  Knowledge of biophysical techniques, GC/MS and LC/MS is a plus.
  • Knowledge and hands-on experience of equipment platforms (e.g. Thermo, Waters, Agilent) and data processing software (e.g. Chromeleon, Empower and OpenLab).
  • Familiarity with electronic notebooks, LES and LIMS is a plus
  • Knowledge of nucleic acid chemistry and biology and standard methods of analysis of these molecules.

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
  • 16 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 16 weeks 100% paid family caregiver leave
  • 20 weeks 100% paid medical leave
  • Adoption assistance and discounts to local childcare centers, as well as access to
  • 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

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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