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Vice President, Platform Chemistry

Company: Moderna Therapeutics
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: September 19, 2023

Job Description:

Vice President, Platform Chemistry page is loaded Vice President, Platform Chemistry Apply locations Cambridge, Massachusetts Research time type Full time posted on Posted Yesterday job requisition id R13582 The Role:The Vice President of Platform Chemistry is a senior leadership position within Research and Early Development (R&ED), responsible for driving innovation and excellence in the design, synthesis, and characterization of the fundamental components of our novel mRNA and delivery systems. In this critical role, you will report to the SVP of Research & Early Development, building a team with the goal of shaping the strategic direction of our chemistry efforts and collaboration with colleagues to ensure the successful transition of technology from discovery through clinical implementation to enable our pipeline.The VP of Platform Chemistry will be adept at working across multiple functions, cultivating innovative thinking, driving high priority programs, and accelerating the transition of ideas into deployable technology. This leader will transform our discovery chemistry capabilities to enable high throughput augmented exploration of novel chemistry in mRNA and LNPs and to establish AI/ML capabilities and evolve our practices to integrate and leverage these capabilities.Here's What You'll Do:

  • Articulate a vision for Platform Chemistry and define functional strategy, applying deep domain expertise to conceptualize approaches to address R&ED needs and enhance collaboration with Technical Development
  • Lead and professionally develop team of experienced, high-performing Chemists
  • Lead the team in the creation and biological evaluation of diverse novel chemical matter; in addition, provide direct scientific leadership to cross-functional program leads driving novel mRNA and LNP technology discovery
  • Define and lead the organization to execute against research plans and scientific deliverables with a sense of urgency
  • Identify critical capabilities and resource needs to achieve objectives, manage budget, and provide the roadmap for future technology development and implementation
  • Serve as a senior leader on the Platform Leadership Team, developing and evolving our holistic strategy and expanding your experience and influence beyond your core subject matter expertise
  • Facilitate a strong culture of innovation and collaboration within and between Platform Research and Technical Development
  • Deliver high-quality scientific presentations internally and externally to a variety of audiences, including leadership teams, governance committees, and scientific conferences -
  • Drive chemistry intellectual property strategy in collaboration with IP team and contribute to peer-reviewed research articles and patent applications
  • Regularly assess external advances pertaining to mRNA medicines and medicinal and industrial chemistry, implementing novel capabilities as the field evolvesHere's What You'll Bring to the Table:
    • Ph.D. in Chemistry or related field and 15+ years leading diverse groups of scientists
    • Experience in a pharmaceutical research setting developing nucleic acid therapeutics is strongly preferred
    • Highly effective leadership, including training and developing individual talent and building high-performing teams
    • Ability to relentlessly prioritize and align efforts with high impact opportunities
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Thrives in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment
    • Current presence or willing to relocate to Cambridge or Norwood vicinityModerna 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 holidays
        --- Volunteer time to participate within your community
        --- D iscretionary year-end shutdown
        --- Paid 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 ModernaIn over 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a research-stage company advancing programs in the field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across seven modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for rapid clinical and commercial production at scale. Moderna maintains alliances with a broad range of domestic and overseas government and commercial collaborators, which has allowed for the pursuit of both groundbreaking science and rapid scaling of manufacturing. Most recently, Moderna's capabilities have come together to allow the authorized use and approval of one of the earliest and most effective vaccines against the COVID-19 pandemic.Moderna's mRNA platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, and has allowed the development of therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases, cardiovascular diseases and autoimmune diseases. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past seven years. To learn more, visit 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. We're 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 make a request to the Talent Acquisition Partner or contact the Accommodations team at (EEO/AAP Employer)- About Us Our Mission and VisionAt Moderna we are pioneering the development of a new class of drugs made of messenger RNA (mRNA). This novel drug platform builds on the discovery that modified mRNA can direct the body's cellular machinery to produce nearly any protein of interest, from native proteins to antibodies and other entirely novel protein constructs that can have therapeutic activity inside and outside of cells.We have a clear mission to propel the field of mRNA science forward and deliver new medicines to patients and a unique vision for how to achieve this mission.Our Mission: To deliver on the promise of transformative messenger RNA (mRNA) science to bring new medicines to patients.Our Vision: To unlock the potential of mRNA by establishing an ecosystem of teams and partners that will work together to develop the broadest possible array of drugs, across diverse therapeutic areas and routes of administration, for serious diseases that are not treatable today.Third Party Staffing AgenciesM oderna does not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than directly from candidates. For the protection of all parties involved in the recruiting process, resumes will only be accepted from recruiters/agencies if a signed agreement is in place at the inception of the recruiting effort and authorized for a specified position. Unsolicited resumes sent to Moderna from recruiters/agencies do not constitute any type of relationship between the recruiter/agency and Moderna and do not obligate Moderna to pay fees if we hire from those resumes. Reasonable Accommodation NoticeModerna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodation under the terms of the Americans with Disabilities Act and certain state or local laws. Please inform the company's personnel representative by calling 617-460-9346 or emailing if you need assistance completing any forms or to otherwise participate in the application process.Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment.Return Home

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