Principal/Sr. Research Associate, Nonclinical Sciences

Cambridge, MA
March 26 2019
Organization Type
Principal/Sr. Research Associate, Nonclinical Sciences

The Role:

The Nonclinical Sciences team at Moderna is looking for an agile, high-performing, and broadly-skilled individual to contribute to successful execution of both discovery and development programs. The majority of this work will be done in collaboration with internal partners and executed at external contract research organizations (CROs). The successful candidate will be able to manage and prioritize multiple concurrent work streams with a positive and collaborative mentality and with the ability to manage workload to meet project timelines.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Collaborate with DMPK and bioanalytical scientists to execute and manage outsourced studies
  • Manage relationships with contract research organizations to conduct preclinical studies and establish bioanalytical methods
  • Manage protocol and report review, including coordination and execution of protocol and report review meetings
  • Manage documentation related to managed studies (e.g. quotes, POs, protocols, data, reports)
  • Review and QC of nonclinical toxicology, pathology, and DMPK data and reports
  • Collaborate and provide input cross-functionally on best laboratory practices, assay development and execution
  • Establish best practices for vendor management and oversight
  • Ensure prioritization at CROs align with internal goals
  • Manage multi-factorial and fluid timelines
  • Travel up to 10% (domestic and/or international)

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Life sciences degree with at least 5 years of pharmaceutical nonclinical study execution and management experience, with experience and knowledge of Good Laboratory Practices
  • CRO experience (e.g. study coordinator, data coordinator, study director, study technician)
  • Pharma/biotech experience (e.g. study monitoring, scientific project management, nonclinical in vivo management)
  • Very high proficiency with Windows-based applications (e.g. Excel, Word, Outlook, Powerpoint).
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Successful c andidate will be curious in exploring new path for drug discovery, bold in proposing creative experimental designs and ideas. Will work collaboratively with multifunctional teams and will be relentless in pursuing successful outcomes

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 and 7 sick days per year, in addition to a discretionary winter shut down and 11 company paid holidays

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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