Co-Op, Delivery Sciences

Cambridge, MA
March 07 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Co-Op, Delivery Sciences

The Role:

This position will work in the Delivery Sciences department in Cambridge, MA and be involved with development and characterization of lipid and/or polymeric nanoparticle formulations for delivery of mRNA. The position is primarily laboratory-based and offers the opportunity to learn and develop a wide range of skills and techniques. Students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, biology, or a related field are encouraged to apply.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Generate and purify nanoparticle formulations for delivery of mRNA
  • Characterize formulations using a range of analytical techniques, including dynamic light scattering, zeta potential, and HPLC
  • Execute lab experiments both independently and as part of a team
  • Document work and maintain a thorough, high-quality lab notebook
  • Participate in group and project team meetings
  • Prepare and deliver a final presentation to summarize your research experience

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.4
  • Currently Enrolled Junior or Senior
  • Previous co-op or intern experience preferred
  • Must be curious, eager, open to learning, and independent
  • Flexible, self-motivated team player with a strong work ethic
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Previous laboratory experience and general wet lab skills (e.g., pipetting, weighing) preferred
  • Experience with nucleic acid delivery and/or nanoparticle-based delivery strategies is a plus

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 Therapeutics

At Moderna, we believe messenger RNA, or mRNA, is the "software of life." Every cell in the body uses mRNA to provide real-time instructions to make the proteins necessary to drive all aspects of biology, including in human health and disease. Given its essential role, we believe mRNA could be used to create a new category of medicines with significant potential to improve the lives of patients.

Headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Moderna currently has strategic alliances for development programs with AstraZeneca, Plc. and Merck, Inc., as well as the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense; and the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), a division of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Moderna has been ranked in the top ten of Science's list of top biopharma industry employers for the past four years. To learn more, visit .

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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