Director Virology, Infectious Diseases

Cambridge, MA
August 24 2019
Life Sciences, Virology
Organization Type
Director Virology, Infectious Diseases

The Role:

Moderna infectious diseases (ID) is seeking a talented, experienced and motivated Director of Virology. The successful candidate will join a team of immunologists, bacteriologists, structural biologists and researchers that drive and deliver the preclinical in vitro and in vivo development of vaccines and antibodies based on Moderna's mRNA platform. The candidate will lead a small team of virologist working on viral vaccines, antibodies and novel approaches to target viral pathogens using mRNAs. You will also be part of the infectious diseases leadership team that steers the whole pre-clinical portfolio and early development pipeline. Deep knowledge and understanding of virology and how it can be applied to select and validate novel vaccine and antibody targets, design virologic assays as well as to devise novel approaches to target viral infectious disease by mRNA are needed. Experience in taking vaccines from concept to clinical candidate is required. You will work not only across the ID team but also with the Moderna's development and platform teams. The ability to effectively communicate across internal multi-disciplinary teams and with external partners is required. The candidate will need to manage multiple project in a fast and results-oriented environment.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Lead a small team of virologists and research associates to develop, optimize, validate and execute experiments to support vaccine and antibody discovery projects, including the development and running of assays
  • Provide expert level guidance in designing and implementing virologic related studies for infectious diseases
  • Provide scientific expertise, guidance and strategy to successfully bring programs to Go/No Go decisions. Manage research projects involving cross-functional collaboration within Discovery and across departments
  • Manage and supervise scientists to meet project timelines and oversee their career development
  • Develop and manage relationship with collaborators. Have good communication skills, especially to discuss project progress, interpret and present data internally and externally
  • Lead external collaborations. Act as a scientific resource providing guidance and mentorship to colleagues

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • A Ph.D. degree in Virology with 7-10 years drug discovery experience at pharmaceutical, biotech or academia
  • Solid background and training in his or her own fields of studies and in conducting research using the latest technologies and advances in science
  • Managerial capabilities and good knowledge and experience in biologics and track record of making contributions to advance therapeutics from concept to proof-of concept in-vivo onto clinical candidate

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
  • Free annual corporate membership to Bluebikes
  • 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 (includes 2 floating holidays)

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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