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Research Associate, RNA Science

Company: Moderna Theraputics
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a highly skilled and motivated Research Associate to join the RNA Sciences group at their Cambridge, MA site. The candidate will participate in platform technology research, evaluating the potency and specificity of mRNA therapies using multiple techniques such as live cell imaging, ELISAs, western blotting, and a variety of other protein assays. The applicant will also contribute to assay development and gene expression analysis to support the advancement of Moderna's mRNA technology platform. The successful candidate must be flexible and able to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment, collaborate extensively across multifunctional teams, and efficiently communicate data to key stakeholders. The work is highly interdisciplinary and has many moving parts. The incumbent should be motivated, possess a strong sense of urgency to drive a project to completion, and be a responsible and respectful colleague. A curious mind and desire to contribute will be highly valued.

Here's What You'll Do:

  • Design, conduct, and troubleshoot in vitro/ex vivo/cell-based experiments

  • Perform multiple biological techniques, including tissue culture, cell transfection, live cell imaging, flow cytometry, ELISAs, capillary electrophoresis, and other biochemical assays.

  • Contribute to data analysis and interpretation of study results, including the analysis of Nanostring gene expression data.

  • Interpret, summarize, and present experimental data and results at group meetings, project meetings, and department meetings.

  • Keep careful data records (electronic lab notebook and others)

Here's What You'll Bring to the Table:

  • BS in Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Bioengineering-related field

  • Experience with mammalian cell culture and transfection techniques

  • Experience with protein quantification methods such as live cell imaging, western blotting, and ELISA assays

  • Ability to participate in multiple collaborative projects in a cross-functional team environment

  • Ability to multi-task to meet research goals

  • Strong quantitative analysis skills

  • Excellent written and oral communication

Here's What We'll Bring to the Table:

  • On-site subsidized cafeteria or 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
  • Eligible for "Moderna Month" (one month paid sabbatical after five years of service and eligible for additional one month paid sabbatical every 3 years thereafter)
  • 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)

About Moderna:

In 10 years since its inception, Moderna has transformed from a science research-stage company advancing programs in the promising-but-still-unproven field of messenger RNA (mRNA), to an enterprise with its first medicine having treated millions of people, a diverse clinical portfolio of vaccines and therapeutics across six modalities, a broad intellectual property portfolio in areas including mRNA and lipid nanoparticle formulation, and an integrated manufacturing plant that allows for both clinical and commercial production at scale and at unprecedented speed. 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 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 auto-immune diseases. Today, 24 development programs are underway across these therapeutic areas, with 13 programs having entered the clinic. Moderna has been named a top biopharmaceutical employer by Science for the past six years. To learn more, visit

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.



Keywords: Moderna Theraputics, Cambridge , Research Associate, RNA Science, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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