Research Associate, Analytical Operations

Cambridge, MA
July 16 2019
Organization Type
Research Associate, Analytical Operations

The Role:

The primary responsibilities of this role will be to support testing of analytical methods for messenger RNA therapeutic drug products. The incumbent will be expected to undertake laboratory work to support testing and data collation for internal stakeholders, including but not limited to Research, Drug Product Process Development, Formulation Development Groups, and Drug Product Process Sciences.

Additional responsibilities include troubleshooting analytical methods when required, trending analytical method performance, and support for drug product in-process non-GMP manufacturing. This position will support cross-functional teams in Research and Development, Production and Quality.

NOTE: This role is second shift, hours are 2:00 pm - 10:00 pm (initially, the shift will be during regular business hours until any required trainings are complete)

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Undertake analytical testing using established methods to generate high quality data to support internal departments.
  • Support in-process testing for internal drug product manufacturing.
  • Troubleshoot analytical instrumentation and methods as required, and trend analytical method performance.
  • Maintain good laboratory and documentation practices.
  • Provide summary presentations and detailed reports to internal and external stake holders.
  • QC review of data generated by other analytical scientists within the team.
  • Provide feedback analytical methods to the analytical development teams enable continuous improvement.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • BS with relevant industry or undergraduate experience in analytical chemistry.
  • BS/MS in Analytical Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, or closely related field.
  • Knowledge of HPLC and modes of separation (e.g. ion exchange, reverse phase ion pair, size exclusion).
  • Knowledge of equipment platforms (e.g. Thermo, Waters, Agilent) and data processing software (e.g. Chromeleon, Chemstation, Empower).
  • Knowledge of nucleic acid chemistry and biology and standard methods of analysis of these molecules.

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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