Research Associate, In Vitro Biology

Cambridge, MA
May 22 2019
Organization Type
Research Associate, In Vitro Biology

The Role:

We seek a highly skilled, talented and motivated analytical/bioanalytical chemist to assist in performing high-throughput assays for drug product screening and actively contribute to the development of novel analytical assays/tools to support Moderna's mRNA technology platform and pipeline . The individual will join the In Vitro Biology department and will provide analytical/bioanalytical support to many cross-functional platform initiatives. Applicants should be able to function in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment and should be great team members.

Here's What You'll Do:

Specific projects will involve collaborative interactions in a multidisciplinary group and across a diverse array of analytical areas. The individual will be expected to perform some routine testing to support platform screening, in addition to actively contribute to the development and implementation of novel assays seeking to support both drug substance and drug product testing. This is a basic research position that requires critical thinking, flexibility, multitasking, and the ability to learn new techniques while developing new assays.
  • Provide hands-on support for high-throughput analytical assays (Endotoxin, Fluorescence, Capillary Electrophoresis, HPLC, LC-MS)
  • Assist in the development and implementation of state-of-the-art, innovative mRNA and Lipid Nanoparticle analytical characterization methods.
  • General laboratory assistance including ordering and receiving of lab supplies, preparation of reagents, and lab equipment maintenance.
  • Document, analyze, interpret and present data to internal parties.
  • Accountable for project success and results delivery.
  • Closely collaborate with other members within the In Vitro Biology department and broadly with departments throughout the company.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • BS/MS with 0-5 years of industry experience (Chemistry, Biochemistry, Analytical, Bioanalytical)
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to work independently and effectively in a highly dynamic environment
  • Ability to multi-task and meet aggressive timelines and technology development and research goals
  • Familiarity with analytical/bioanalytical techniques to evaluate nucleic acids, lipids, LNPs and Endotoxins (spectroscopy, separation techniques, turbidimetric and kinetic analysis)
  • 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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