Co-op, Drug Substance Process Development

Cambridge, MA
April 18 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
Co-op, Drug Substance Process Development

The Role:

This position will work with the Drug Substance Process Development team based at the Moderna Cambridge, MA site. The individual in this role will focus on the development of custom multi-compartment process models for simulation, prediction, optimization and control of our messenger RNA production process. Chemical Engineering, or Engineering-related majors are encouraged to apply.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Develop modular process models for our drug substance process using computational modeling techniques and scripting/simulation software, such as Matlab/Simulink or Python.
  • Work with scientists/engineers to conduct experiments, as necessary, to develop, qualify, and validate process models.
  • Support development of rapid model deployment strategy
  • Assist in interpretation of model results and how they can be translated into an optimal manufacturing process for both open- and closed-loop control.
  • Generate reports and present results to key stakeholders.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Currently Enrolled Junior or Senior, in an Undergraduate Chemical Engineering or Engineering Related Program. Masters students will also be considered.
  • Minimal skills required: mathematical modeling of linear/nonlinear dynamical systems, control systems theory, and/or coding/simulation experience
  • Familiar with MS Office Suite
  • Exceptional written and oral communication
  • Hands-on lab experience or previous experience working the area of biopharmaceuticals is preferred, but not necessary
  • Must be curious, eager, open to learning, and independent.

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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