Co-Op, Molecular Biology

Cambridge, MA
May 15 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Co-Op, Molecular Biology

The Role:

The current position for a Co-op in the Molecular Biology group seeks an individual in the field of Biology, Biochemistry, Bioengineering, or other associated fields, to support efforts to engineer better mRNA therapeutics. The Molecular Biology group seeks to understand key aspects of translation and how we can affect it to make better mRNA drug products. The candidate should be self-motivated and possess the desire to drive a project to completion. Candidate must be flexible and have the ability to work in a fast-paced, team oriented environment.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Execute experiments that deepen our understanding of molecular biology and further characterize mRNA properties such as translation.
  • Perform and/or support cell culture and in-vitro and cell-based assays such as:
    • Mammalian Cell Transfection
    • Mammalian Cell Culture
    • Gel and Capillary Electrophoresis
    • Western Blotting
    • Flow Cytometry
    • RNA seq
    • qPCR
  • Design, conduct and troubleshoot experiments, independently and/or in collaboration with colleagues.
  • Maintain an organized work area and electronic lab notebook
  • Present your work/project(s) at group meetings and at a final poster session alongside other co-ops

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.4
  • Studying relevant fields, such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, chemical or bioengineering etc.
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills
  • Previous co-op/internship experience is a plus
  • A good work ethic and positive attitude!

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:
  • Daily catered lunches on-site.
  • 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.

Why join Moderna?

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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