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Sr./Scientist, Translational Biomarkers

Company: Moderna Theraputics
Location: Cambridge
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Job Description:

The Role:

The Autoimmune and Exploratory Sciences group in Technology Square, Cambridge, MA is seeking an enthusiastic, experienced and motivated bench-level Scientist/Sr Scientist to support research and translational biomarker efforts for Moderna's innovative autoimmune therapeutics pipeline and early discovery programs. The successful candidate will possess scientific curiosity, a strong background in immunology, and a desire to identify and develop translational biomarkers for a variety of immunological and disease-related pathways. Knowledge of cellular immunology and experience with lymphocyte analysis is preferred but not required. Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a small team is essential.

Here's What You'll Do:

  • Apply your knowledge of immune regulatory pathways and ongoing immunology literature to identify and evaluate candidate biomarkers of target pathway modulation and disease modification.

  • Test your candidate biomarkers in cellular and in vivo models as appropriate, using a combination of assay technology platforms and commercial or self-developed assays.

  • Integrate preclinical biomarker evaluation into in vivo experimental designs during early project development

  • Partner with core functional groups for specialized analyses (e.g. genomics, sequencing, mass spec, histology)

  • Work with internal and external partners to design and test candidate, optimize and advance mRNA-based therapeutic candidates into early development

  • Collaborate with other members of the Autoimmunity and Exploratory Sciences team to identify and demonstrate translatable efficacy endpoints and target pathway modulation in preclinical disease models

  • Contribute to development of biomarker translatability from rodents through nonhuman primates to humans.

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

  • A PhD in Immunology, Cellular Biology, or related field

  • Strong working knowledge of immunology and immunological techniques, ideally including flow cytometry

  • Evidence of ability to research and incorporate published scientific literature to form hypotheses related to biomarkers, and design experiments to test hypotheses

  • Expectation to lead translational biomarker discovery from the bench.

  • Excellent research judgment and ability to communicate complex scientific issues in a logical and understandable way.

  • Strong verbal and communication skills, and ability to maintain detailed research records.

  • Experience working independently and collaboratively in small teams.

  • Ability to work on multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.

  • Ability to effectively collaborate effectively in a dynamic, cross-functional environment.

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 , Sr./Scientist, Translational Biomarkers, Other , Cambridge, Massachusetts

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