Sr. / Research Associate, Molecular Biology

Cambridge, MA
July 12 2019
Organization Type
Sr. / Research Associate, Molecular Biology

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a highly skilled and motivated research associate or senior research associate to join the Molecular Biology group based in Cambridge, MA. The successful candidate will investigate molecular/cellular mRNA metabolism and translation in an effort to advance Moderna's mRNA therapeutics technology. This individual must be committed to advance technology goals on aggressive timelines through effective collaboration within a dynamic organization.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Tissue culture techniques including maintenance of tissue culture lines (primary cells and established cell lines) and transfections.
  • Molecular biology and biochemistry (RNA extraction, quantitation, quantitative PCR, western and northern blots).
  • High throughput sequencing (making, troubleshooting, and analyzing deep sequencing libraries).
  • Train and mentor research staff to enhance technical skills and research performance.
  • Ensure appropriate quality of documentation for research studies compatible with global regulatory submission requirements.
  • General laboratory assistance including ordering and receiving of lab supplies, preparation of reagents, and lab equipment maintenance.
  • Be accountable for project success and results delivery.
  • Communicate findings through written work and oral presentations.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • B.S. with 5-8 years or M.S. with 2-5 years of research experience
  • Hands on experience with molecular biology and biochemistry techniques
  • Hands on experience with mammalian cell culture techniques
  • Experience working with nucleic acids
  • High throughput sequencing experience preferred
  • Candidate will be curious in exploring new paths 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
  • 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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