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The Role

Moderna is seeking a Research Associate to join the mRNA Process Development team to support development, scale up, transfer and commercialization of drug substances based on mRNA and lipid nanoparticle delivery technologies.

Moderna is developing first-in-class mRNA-based vaccines and therapeutics.The mRNA is packaged into lipid nanoparticles for storage and delivery.The candidate will be focused on unit operations that are standard across the industry such as enzymatic reactions, normal and tangential flow filtration and chromatographic purification. The candidate will support commercial manufacturing processes and execute experiments to support deviation investigations and definition of appropriate process controls to increase process robustness.

Applicants should enjoy working in a fast-paced, dynamic, and innovative environment. The successful candidate will possess strong skills in designing and executing high quality bioprocess experiments using quality by design (QbD) and Design of Experiment (DoE) methods, and will collaborate through cross-functional matrix teams.The person in this role will have the opportunity to develop on-line analytics, process modelling and process investigation support. Results will be presented to broader groups allowing great exposure to CMC Strategy, Regulatory, MS&T, and Quality. Prior experience of process development and process investigation accomplishments using scaled down models, QbD-principles and process characterization/modeling techniques are strong pluses.

Heres What Youll Do

• Design, execute, and analyze experiments for existing and novel process modes using DoE and statistical modeling
• Define the process, the critical parameters, and the design space
• Create high throughput and automated experimental setups
• Lead experiments to confirm robust process performance across the control space
• Characterize mRNA properties through collaboration with the analytical team
• Prepare process descriptions, technical reports, and communicate findings internally and externally as appropriate
• Collect and share relevant academic literature, leverage external consultants/SMEs, and establish new collaborations with internal groups.

Heres What Youll Need (Minimum Qualifications)

• BS/MS degree in Bio/Chemical Engineering, Bio/Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Science, or related field
• BS/MS with 0-3 years of relevant industry experience in bioprocess development
• Hands on experience with chromatography, ultrafiltration, normal flow filtration, and development of innovative unit operations
• Working knowledge of statistical design of experiments (DoE) and analysis of multivariate data
• Experience with analytics and biophysical characterization of nanoparticles is a plus
• Knowledge of cGMP, ICH, regulatory guidelines and QbD principles as they apply to risk management and product commercialization
• Demonstrated background of providing technical support to commercial manufacturing processes, including but not limited to, support of process investigations, implementation of pro-active process modifications and support of post-approval changes is a plus
• Knowledge of nucleic acid chemistry, lipid chemistry, and biology is a plus
• Ability to thrive in a diverse and fast paced environment
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that isBold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.

Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

• Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
• Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
• Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
• Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
• Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes
• Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
• Adoption and family-planning benefits
• Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
• Generous paid time off, including:Vacation, sick time and holidaysVolunteer time to participate within your communityDiscretionary year-end shutdownPaid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
• Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
• 401k match and Financial Planning tools
• Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
• Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
• Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
• Location-specific perks and extras!

About Moderna

Since our founding in 2010, we have aspired to build the leading mRNA technology platform, theinfrastructure to reimagine how medicines are created and delivered, and a world-class team. We believe in giving our people a platform to change medicine and an opportunity to change the world.

By living our mission, values, and mindsets every day, our peopleare the driving force behind our scientific progress and our culture.Together, we are creating a culture of belonging and building an organization that cares deeply for our patients, our employees, the environment, and our communities.

We are proud to have been recognized as a Science Magazine Top Biopharma Employer, a Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators, and a Great Place to Work in the U.S.

As we build our company, we have always believed an in-person culture is critical to our success. Moderna champions the significant benefits of in-office collaboration by embracing a 70/30 work model. This 70% in-office structure helps to foster a culture rich in innovation, teamwork, and direct mentorship. Join us in shaping a world where every interaction is an opportunity to learn, contribute and make a meaningful impact.

If you want to make a difference and join a team that is changing the future of medicine, we invite you to learn more about our current opportunities.

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is a place where everyone can grow. If you meet the Basic Qualifications for the role and you would be excited to contribute to our mission every day, please apply!

Moderna is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, ethnicity, disability, military or protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. Were focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing our employees and believe that by cultivating diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas, we can provide an environment where every employee is able to contribute their best.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should contact the Accommodations team (EEO/AAP Employer)

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