Associate II, Quality Control, Microbiology

Norwood, MA
March 07 2019
Organization Type
Associate II, Quality Control, Microbiology

The Role:
Reporting to the Senior Manager of Quality Control (Microbiology), the Quality Control Associate II will support microbiological testing for GMP QC raw materials, excipients, drug substance and finished product testing for mRNA products produced at Moderna's manufacturing facility and affiliated contract organizations. He/she may also support environmental and critical utility monitoring activities. The position will require off-shift hours including nights and weekend.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Perform microbiological testing to include but not limited to the following: Culture Purity and Cell Stock Identity, Cell Density Determination, TOC and Conductivity Testing, Endotoxin, Sterility, Bioburden, Biological Indicator Analysis, Growth Promotion Testing, Microbial Identification using Vitek Maldi-TOF.
  • Perform E. coli cell bank testing
  • Perform environmental and critical utility testing.
  • Support testing for raw materials, intermediates, drug substance and drug product, including generation of testing data to support clinical studies
  • Assist in development, implementation and maintenance of general laboratory operational systems in accordance with cGMP requirements
  • May assist with equipment qualification / validation activities, including maintenance
  • May troubleshoot issues related to equipment, laboratory procedures and assay performance
  • Write/revise SOPs, technical protocols and reports
  • Offer input and suggestions for improvement in laboratory operations and procedures
  • Train and provide technical guidance to other microbiologists

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • BS in a relevant scientific discipline with a minimum of 0-2 years relevant Quality Control experience in a cGMP organization with a focus in Microbiology
  • Familiarity with relevant and current FDA, EU, USP, ICH guidelines and regulations
  • Experience in the execution of kinetic chromogenic endotoxin analysis, Sterility, Bioburden, and Growth Promotion Testing
  • Experience in testing cell lines
  • Ability to efficiently prioritize, manage and complete multiple projects and tasks in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a dynamic, cross-functional matrix environment
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

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, with an additional day added after each year of service (beginning Jan 2019), 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 13 company paid holidays (includes 2 floating 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.


Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work 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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