Associate Director, Epidemiology, Infectious Disease


Princeton, NJ

The Role:

Moderna is seeking epidemiologists to support development of the epidemiologic strategy and execute activities to support the vaccine portfolio across Infectious Diseases.

The candidate will join a dynamic and growing team of epidemiologists at the forefront of mRNA vaccine development and will be focused on one of the following programs: RSV, Influenza, COVID-19, or Early-Stage Vaccines (and will subsequently be aligned to the respective Senior Director or Director in Epidemiology).

The successful candidate is driven, curious, collaborative, with a bold ambition to contribute to the development of ground-breaking mRNA-based vaccines. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills and a collaborative mindset. The ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment is essential.

A PhD in epidemiology is preferred, equivalent experience will be considered. Industry experience within drug or vaccine development, or infectious disease, is highly preferred.

The position can be based at one of several Moderna sites: Cambridge, MA (headquarters); Bethesda, MD; Atlanta, GA; Princeton, NJ.

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  • Contribute to the development and execution of the Epidemiology strategy for vaccines within Infectious Diseases.

  • Provide epidemiologic input to the product development, pre-clinical, safety, and regulatory affairs teams, and contribute to the integrated evidence plans.

  • Design or contribute to the execution of pre- and post-marketing epidemiology plans and observational studies, including prospective and retrospective burden of disease studies, literature reviews and gap analyses, mathematical modeling, and post-marketing effectiveness studies, as needed.

  • Assist in the scientific direction of studies and develop protocols, study reports and peer-reviewed publications.

  • Actively contribute to the development of Target Product Profiles, particularly in terms of demonstrating burden of disease/unmet medical need and shaping post-licensure plans.

  • Serve as a key partner with Medical Affairs and Commercial in terms of market-building activities, including building of health economic models.

  • Contribute to the epidemiology strategy for Advisory Board meetings.

  • Lead or contribute to the epidemiology content for regulatory plans and documents.

  • Develop collaborations with external experts and investigators to facilitate epidemiologic data generation activities.

  • Provide epidemiologic support across the Moderna infectious disease epidemiology platforms as needed such as other respiratory programs, latent viruses and global health.

  • Develop and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with the broader Moderna organization.

  • Contribute to epidemiologic knowledge in the external environment via abstracts manuscripts, and presentations at academic conferences.

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

  • MSc or PhD in Epidemiology (or similar) preferred, equivalent experience will be considered.

  • Preference given to candidates with previous experience in vaccine and/or drug development, or infectious disease epidemiology.

  • Experience with the following is beneficial but not essential:

    • Respiratory pathogen surveillance data, especially in APAC, EU, and Latin American countries

    • Epidemiologic analyses of vulnerable populations, including those with immunocompromising conditions and comorbidities such as asthma, CHF, COPD.

    • Familiarity with the principles of immunology.

    • Knowledge of multiple respiratory pathogens, including but not limited to RSV, influenza, COVID-19, and/or other respiratory pathogens.

    • Knowledge of international databases and healthcare systems.

    • Experience implementing cohort studies, case-control studies, and analyzing time-to-event data.

    • Background in maternal, pediatric, and/or geriatric epidemiology as they relate to infectious disease or vaccine epidemiology.

  • Creative problem-solver with the ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

  • Attention to detail, internal drive to generate high-quality work, and sense of passion and urgency to achieve team and program goals.

  • Excellent analytical, problem-solving, and strategic planning skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills commensurate with the need to work closely with CROs, investigators, consultants, and Moderna team members across functions in a matrix environment.

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills to meet the needs of varied audiences.

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 holidays
    • Volunteer time to participate within your community
    • Discretionary 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 Moderna

Since our founding in 2010, we have aspired to build the leading mRNA technology platform, the infrastructure 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 people are 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.

If you want to make a difference and join a team that is changing the future of medicine, we invite you to visit 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. 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.

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