(Contract) Sr. Research Associate, Oncology

November 15 2018
Organization Type
(Contract) Sr. Research Associate, Oncology

The Role:
Moderna Oncology research division is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Research Associate ready to function in a fast-paced and collaborative environment for a position based at their Cambridge, MA site. The candidate will be part of a team responsible for advancing immune-oncology therapeutic candidates from early discovery to IND-enabling studies. The candidate will design and execute experiments to validate new cancer immunotherapy targets.  The ability to effectively communicate across internal multi-disciplinary teams and with external partners is required. Applicants should be outstanding scientists, collaborative team members and terrific communicators. The anticipated time frame for this role is six months.

Here's What You'll Do:

  • Design and validate novel immunotherapy candidates in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo model systems. Interpret, troubleshoot, and report complex data.
  • Develop and execute in vitro/ex vivo assays (Flow cytometry, ELISA, ELIspot, and related assays)
  • Standard cell culture support including maintaining and plating of cell lines and primary cells
  • Accountable for project success and results delivery
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams across the Moderna ecosystem, collaborators and CROs to progress candidates from Discovery through IND-enabling studies\\
  • Prepare documents and present results, project updates, and summaries in a professional and timely manner

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

  • BS/BA with 0-2 years of experience or BS/BA with 2-5 years of experience or MS with 0-2 years of experience with industry experience performing in vitro screening performing in vitro/ ex vivo immunology and oncology experiments
  • Experience in in vitro screening and validation assays in cancer immunotherapy such as T cell biology, cytokine assessment, immune cell isolation and characterization is required; experience in in vivo cancer models such as murine syngeneic tumor/ leukemia models, patient-derived xenografts is desirable
  • Expertise in cellular and molecular biology (e.g. cell culture, transfections, transductions, western blotting, immunoprecipitation, ELISA and flow cytometry) is necessary
  • The ability to work in a cross-functional work environment is critical; flexibility and independence are expected
  • Good written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills; ability to collaborate in a team environment are essential

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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