Research Associate, Delivery Sciences

Cambridge, MA
April 19 2019
Organization Type
Research Associate, Delivery Sciences

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a highly motivated research associate-level chemist to join the Delivery Sciences group based in Cambridge, MA. The successful candidate will be responsible for the design, synthesis, and physical characterization of mRNA formulations in a dynamic and highly interdisciplinary environment. There will be the opportunity to integrate automated liquid handling techniques into characterization method development. Drawing on his/her extensive background in pharmaceutical Preformulation (small or large molecule), the successful candidate must be committed to advancing technology goals on aggressive timelines through effective collaboration with all stakeholders in a dynamic organization.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Contribute to the multi-step design, planning, execution, and characterization of nanoparticle formulations for in vitro and in vivo studies
  • Characterize nanoparticle formulations in routine and non-routine environments, and interpret data, communicate findings, and maintain high-quality laboratory documentation
  • Transfer and validate methods to an automated liquid handling system
  • Contribute to scientific discussions and strategic collaborations aimed at advancing the mRNA delivery platform
  • Partner with internal groups (chemistry, formulations, delivery, analytical, pharmacology and biology) to advance mRNA therapeutics

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:

  • Ability to collaborate effectively in a dynamic, cross-functional matrix environment
  • B.Sc. or M.Sc. with 0-2 years of experience in characterization of small and large molecules including biopolymers
  • Strong foundation in biochemistry, chemistry, materials science, chemical engineering or related field
  • Experience in nanoparticle characterization techniques (DLS, zeta potential, chromatography) are strongly preferred, DSC, TGA and other pre-formulation tools are preferred
  • Expertise in automated liquid handling systems, automation method development and validation is highly preferred
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and a track record of achievement in publications and/or patent applications
  • Desire for continued growth opportunities, including willingness to learn new skills and contribute across cross-functional areas
  • Candidate 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.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs