Sr. Research Associate, Delivery Sciences (Formulation Design)

Cambridge, MA
September 15 2019
Organization Type
The Role:

This position is seeking a Sr. Research Associate who will be responsible for preparation and characterization of mRNA formulations within a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary environment. Understanding of nanoparticle preparation techniques and biophysical / chemical characterization is essential for this position. Experience with nucleic acid delivery is a plus. He/she will be responsible for executing lab experiments, reporting results, performing stability assessments, lab notebook recording, working within a larger team of formulation scientists and associates. The successful candidate must have a foundation in pharmaceutical sciences and materials science / engineering. Applicants should be flexible team members able to function in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Preparation of novel formulations for delivery of mRNA
  • Biophysical and chemical characterization of novel formulations using analytical techniques such as dynamic light scattering and HPLC
  • Query the literature for formulation strategies and adapt new protocols into practice
  • Maintain an accurate and detailed record of experiments
  • Maintain accountability for project success and results delivery
  • Contribute to scientific discussions to advance and enhance platforms and product candidates
  • Communicate research and actively participate at group meetings

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • BS / MS with 0-5 years (0-3 for Masters) of industry experience in drug delivery, or nanoparticle formulations.
  • Strong foundation in chemistry, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, biochemistry, biology, or related field.
  • Expertise in nanoparticle synthesis and characterization. Knowledge of nucleic acid delivery is a plus
  • Curiosity in exploring new path for drug discovery, boldness in creative experimental designs
  • Collaborative spirit and relentlessness as a team-player within multi-disciplinary projects
  • Self-motivation and commitment to excellence, results and innovation
  • Flexibility/adaptability to frequent change
  • Data driven, critical and analytical thinking
  • Effective communication, both written and verbal

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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