Sr. / Research Associate, In Vitro Biology

Cambridge, MA
May 16 2019
Organization Type
Sr. / Research Associate, In Vitro Biology

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a highly skilled, talented and motivated in vitro biologist for a position based at their Cambridge, MA site. The individual will participate in the development, implementation and performance of cellular and biochemical assays, and help to introduce new technologies to support advancement of Moderna's mRNA technology platform and pipeline. Applicants should be able to function in a highly collaborative and fast-paced environment, and thrive in a team setting.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Assist in the development, implementation and execution of cellular models to inform on the impact of chemical and structural modifications on protein expression, innate immune activation and other homeostatic cellular processes in mammalian cells and tissues.
  • Performance of in vitro assays (e.g. immunoassay, ELISA, ELLA, FACS, MSD, LiCor, PCR, Western blot, luminescence, fluorescence, Incucyte, bDNA, and functional activity) using primary and cultured mammalian cells to support platform screening.
  • Optimization of in vitro assays for improved performance, throughput, capacity, turnaround time, and efficiency.
  • Closely collaborate with members of the In Vitro Biology and Platform Development teams, and broadly with R&D and therapeutic departments throughout the company.
  • Analyze, interpret and present data to internal parties.
  • General laboratory assistance including ordering and receiving of lab supplies, preparation of reagents, and lab equipment maintenance.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • BS with 2-5 years of industry experience, or MS with 0-2 years of industry experience (Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, or related science), developing and performing cellular and biochemical assays, and executing high throughput cellular screening assays.
  • Hands on experience with mammalian cell culture, and associated molecular and cellular techniques.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and collaborative skills, attentive to detail, and the ability to work independently and effectively across a highly dynamic environment.
  • Experience with high throughput screening.
  • Familiarity with nucleic acid therapeutic characterization.
  • Ability to multi-task to meet aggressive timelines and development goals.

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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