(Contract) Sr. Research Associate, RNA and Protein Characterization

Cambridge, MA
July 31 2019
Organization Type
(Contract) Sr. Research Associate, RNA and Protein Characterization

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a Senior Research Associates based at their Cambridge, MA site. The individuals in this role will be a highly skilled, talented and motivated to focus on late phase drug development. He/she will participate in designing/performing highly complex Next Generation Sequencing experiments on mRNA, as well as development of novel ELISA based assays. The individual will work with other RAs and Scientists within the Analytical Development and across the Moderna ecosystem. The successful candidate must have a BS with at least 2 - 5 years of relative industry experience, or MS with 0 - 2 years of relevant industry experience in development (Analytical, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Chemical Engineering or related science) and experience performing analytical, biochemical, molecular and biophysical methods.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Preparation of library for Illumina sequencing
  • Performing next generation sequencing using various Illumina instruments (MiSeq, HiSeq and NextSeq)
  • Development of ELISA based assays
  • Development of branched DNA (bDNA) assays
  • Accountable for project success and results delivery
  • Record and communicate findings
  • Presentation of results at internal meetings

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • BS degree with 2 - 5 years of relevant industry experience in a development setting (Analytical, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related science)
  • MS degree with 0 - 2 years of relevant industry experience in a development setting (Analytical, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, or related science)
  • Knowledge of Illumina library prep
  • Knowledge of ELISA development
  • Knowledge of bioinformatic analysis of next generation sequencing data is a plus but not required
  • Knowledge of nucleic acid chemistry and biology and standard methods of analysis of these molecules.
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, and the ability to work independently and effectively in a highly dynamic environment

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 www.modernatx.com .

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.

Similar jobs

Similar jobs