Principal Research Associate, In Vivo Pharmacology

Cambridge, MA
January 21 2020
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The Role:

Moderna Therapeutics is seeking an exceptional person to join our In Vivo Pharmacology team. In this position, at the Senior or Principal Research Associate level depending on qualifications, The successful candidate, reporting to the Manager, In Vivo Pharmacology, will conduct rodent in vivo studies utilizing a wide range of technical procedures. Experience performing both mouse and rat studies, a strong work ethic, and the ability to be a collaborative team member are essential.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Focus primarily on conducting in vivo studies involving rats and mice, independently and on teams.
  • Execute and troubleshoot standard protocols and adapt new protocols into practice
  • Faithfully document scientific work; contribute to reports and presentations
  • Collect, analyze and present data to colleagues within In Vivo Pharm
  • Ensure that the highest standard of animal welfare is maintained in all studies involving experimental animals

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • 2-10 years of related industry experience, or a BS in biological science or equivalent with 2-8 years related industry experience
  • Expertise in the following techniques in rodents:
  • Pharmacological agent administration via IV, IP, SC, and IM
  • Collection of blood and tissues via various routes
  • Ability to work collaboratively in team efforts in a fast-paced environment while also taking on independent responsibilities as required
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

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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