Summer Intern, Computational Sciences

Cambridge, MA
March 07 2019
Organization Type
Summer Intern, Computational Sciences

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a talented co-op/summer intern with an interest in machine learning to help us develop and implement algorithms for protein modeling and engineering. The student will be co-mentored by a computational protein engineer and a data scientist in the Computational Sciences Department. Computer Science majors with biochemistry/chemistry/physics coursework or Biology, Bioengineering, Biochemistry, Chemistry, or Physics majors with programming experience are encouraged to apply.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Read the academic literature to understand state-of-the-art machine learning methods.
  • Prototype, implement, and benchmark machine learning algorithms for protein modeling and/or design.
  • Integrate code into platform codebase.
  • Learn to use technologies like Docker and Jupyter Notebooks.
  • Learn and apply standard software engineering practices for documentation, testing, and version control.
  • Present methods and results to the team.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Currently enrolled Junior, Senior, or graduate student.
  • Previous co-op or intern experience preferred.
  • A fundamental understanding of chemistry and physics is essential. Biochemistry knowledge is strongly preferred.
  • Basic programming skills are required. Python or MATLAB programming is a plus.
  • Machine learning or protein modeling experience is preferred but not required.
  • Must be curious, eager, open to learning, and independent.

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:
  • Daily on-site catered lunches
  • Free parking, monthly subway pass or a subsidized commuter rail pass
  • Healthcare coverage includes medical offered through BCBS (HMO/PPO), dental, and vision offered through VSP
  • Accrued paid vacation

Why join Moderna?

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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