Co-op, Rare Disease

Cambridge, MA
April 11 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Co-op, Rare Disease

The Role:

This position will work in the rare disease department. The co-op will use our mRNA products to demonstrate expression and activity of therapeutic proteins of interest in relevant in vitro and in vivo rare disease models. Biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, and related majors are encouraged to apply.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Work on a personal project that is important to Moderna's mission.
  • Be supported by a mentor who will provide a unique perspective on projects and careers.
  • Have the opportunity to participate in the discovery and/or development of novel therapies for diseases and to collaborate with colleagues.
  • Perform and/or support experiments and assays such as:
    • Maintaining relevant cells in culture
    • Cell transfection
    • Ex vivo sample preparation
    • Protein detection
    • Activity measurement
  • Maintain an organized work area and electronic lab notebook
  • Analyze experimental data and present your work at team meetings

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
  • Experience in tissue culture and cell transfection preferred
  • Experience in protein detection methods (Western blot, capillary electrophoresis, MSD, ELISA) preferred
  • Experience in PCR and subcellular fractionation/isolation preferred
  • Experience in assay development and troubleshooting preferred

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?

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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