Scientist, Infectious Diseases

Cambridge, MA
November 27 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
The Role:

Moderna Infectious Diseases is seeking a talented, experienced and motivated Scientist with experience in antigen design, protein production and characterization and structural biology. The candidate will be part of teams responsible for advancing therapeutic and vaccine candidates from early discovery to IND-enabling studies. The candidate will design and execute experiments to evaluate novel vaccines and antibody-based therapies for viral and bacterial diseases. The candidate will interface with collaborators and present results internally and externally. The ability to effectively communicate across internal multi-disciplinary teams and with external partners is required. Applicants should be outstanding scientists, collaborative team members and excellent communicators.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Design and validate vaccines and immunotherapy candidates in vitro, in vivo and ex vivo.
  • Interpret, troubleshoot, and report complex data. Propose novel vaccine and therapeutic targets aligned with Moderna's scientific strategy and capabilities.
  • Work closely with cross-functional teams across the Moderna ecosystem, collaborators and CROs to progress candidates from discovery through IND-enabling studies.
  • Maintain expertise in the field of infectious disease vaccines, immunotherapy and therapeutic developments, biomarker discovery and patient outcomes, thoroughly keeping up-to-date with literature, attend relevant meetings, and liaise with external experts in the field.
  • Manage multiple experiments, projects and interactions with supporting functions.
  • Provide scientific and technical support for multidisciplinary project teams.
  • Prepare documents and present strategy, results, project updates, and summaries.

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Exceptional PhD with expertise in protein production, engineering and characterization. Knowledge of vaccinology, virology and immunology is required. Knowledge of bacteriology and bacterial immunology is a plus. We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience in structural biology and structure-based vaccine design.
  • Experience in protein evaluation is required, including in vitro assays such as serum ELISA and neutralization assays and experience in design and/or functional evaluation of antibodies is desirable.
  • Expertise in cellular and molecular biology (e.g. cell culture, transfections, transductions, protein chromatography, western blotting, immunoprecipitation, ELISA and flow cytometry) is necessary.
  • Proven track record of high impact publications and presentations in the field of protein or antigen design and immunology.
  • The ability to work in a cross-functional work environment is critical; strong leadership skills and independence are expected.
  • Excellent written, presentation and interpersonal communication skills; ability to influence and collaborate in a team environment.
  • Candidate will be curious in exploring new paths for vaccine and 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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