Co-op, Rare Diseases

Cambridge, MA
October 18 2019
Life Sciences, Biology
Organization Type
The Role:

Supporting Moderna's rare diseases team, the Co-op, Rare Diseases will use our mRNA products to demonstrate expression and activity of therapeutic proteins of interest in relevant in vitro and in vivo rare disease models. Biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, and related majors are encouraged to apply.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Work on an individual project that is important to Moderna's mission, with support from an experienced mentor who will provide a unique perspective on projects and careers
  • Be given opportunities to participate in the discovery and/or development of novel therapies for diseases, and to collaborate with colleagues
  • Perform and/or support experiments and assays such as
  • Maintaining relevant cells in culture
  • Cell transfection
  • Ex vivo sample preparation
  • Protein detection
  • Activity measurement
  • Maintain an organized work area and electronic lab notebook
  • Analyze experimental data and present your work at group and team meetings

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • Minimum GPA of 3.4
  • Currently Enrolled Junior or Senior
  • Must be curious, eager, open to learning, and independent
  • Previous co-op or intern experience preferred
  • Experience in the following areas is preferred
    • Tissue culture and cell transfection; protein detection methods (Western blot, capillary electrophoresis, MSD, ELISA)
    • PCR and subcellular fractionation/isolation
    • Assay development and troubleshooting preferred

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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