Co-Op, Analytical Development

Cambridge, MA
May 04 2019
Organization Type
Co-Op, Analytical Development

The Role:

The Analytical Development group is responsible supporting characterization and analysis of mRNA Drug Substance and Drug Product. This work will require a high attention to detail and a critical mind. A Co-op can expect to be exposed to method development, several different Characterization and Release methods, and troubleshooting investigational work. Chemistry majors are encouraged to apply.

This position will work in the Analytical Development at Moderna. The work for this Co-op will rely heavily on chemistry lab techniques and equipment to analyze samples and help develop the next generation of analytical methods. Co-op will also be generating and analyzing mRNA and lipid nanoparticle samples in order to develop novel techniques. The Co-op will also be exposed to data analysis, and high-throughput method optimization. Co-op will be training in a variety of analytical techniques including HPLC, UV-Vis, and Gas Chromatography.

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 of novel therapies for diseases.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.3
  • Currently Enrolled Junior or Senior
  • Previous co-op or intern experience preferred.
  • Must be curious, eager, open to learning, and independent.
  • General Chemistry/Biochem lab skills
  • HPLC
  • Separation sciences
  • Organized
  • Critical thinker
  • Team player
  • High energy
  • Attention to Detail
  • Pipetting
  • General Chemistry/Biochem lab skills
  • HPLC
  • Separation sciences

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
  • Voluntary legal assistance plan
  • 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.