Sr./Research Associate, Next Generation Analytics

Cambridge, MA
October 19 2019
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The Role:

We are seeking a talented and motivated Sr./Research Associate to join our Next Generation Analytics team. The primary focus for this position is to leverage Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS), NanoString, and other emerging sequencing platforms to analyze RNA and DNA samples in support of Moderna's mission to develop mRNA therapeutics. The successful candidate will work with groups across the company to develop and execute state-of-the-art sequencing protocols.

Here's What You'll Do:
  • Execute RNA extractions from a variety of sample types to be used in downstream applications, including NGS and other emerging technologies
  • Perform complex RNA/DNA NGS experiments, including sample preparation, library creation, library quantification, and operation of sequencing instruments
  • Carry out TaqMan, Sanger, and NanoString experiments
  • Collaborate and interact regularly with cross-functional groups to troubleshoot and resolve complex technical problems to deliver data against aggressive timelines
  • Serve as point person for ordering consumables/kits and maintenance of instruments
  • Maintain a clean and safe laboratory work area and ensure compliance with safety policies

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:
  • B.S. in the Life Sciences (Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, or related science) with 0-5 years applied experience (industry, academia, hospital, etc.)
  • Expertise in molecular biology methods such as nucleic acid isolation, reverse-transcription, and PCR
  • Preferred candidates have demonstrated experience with Illumina and/or NanoString platforms
  • Candidate will be curious in exploring new path for 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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