Principal Research Associate, Analytical Science & Technology


Norwood, MA

The Role:

Moderna is seeking a Principal Research Associate based at their Norwood, MA site. The individual in this role will focus on support of Analytical Chemistry Tech Transfer activities including method lifecycle projects (Acquisition, Qualification / Validation, Optimization and Troubleshooting). The individual will also support the team by performing review of analytical data.

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  • As part of the Analytical Science & Technology team, your primary responsibilities will be as follows:

    • Lead Review of executed assay packages. Includes review of chromatography data and other analytical outputs.

    • Lead Analytical Method Acquisitions / Qualification / Validation projects in a fast-paced environment.

    • Author method qualification / validation protocols and reports.

    • Support external transfers of analytical methods.

    • Lead efforts for method troubleshooting, remediation, change and optimization efforts in conjunction with Quality Control and Analytical Development.

    • Authors Equipment and Method SOPs.

    • Train QC analysts to perform testing.

    • Conduct technical assessments of deviations and investigations

    • Support responses to compliance audits.

    • Maintain a safe laboratory working environment

    • Other responsibilities as needed.

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

  • Minimum Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree in Sciences and 8+ years of industry experience in a cGMP laboratory setting focused on analytical chemistry.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of analytical chemistry techniques (HPLC, UHPLC, LC/MS, Particle Size, compendial methods).

  • Demonstrated experience using chromatography data systems and reviewing chromatography data.

  • Working knowledge of relevant and current FDA, EU, ICH guidelines and regulations

  • Demonstrated knowledge of method qualifications/validations

  • Excellent troubleshooting and ability to communicate issues in a scientifically sound and understandable way

  • Ability to efficiently and independently prioritize, manage and complete multiple projects and tasks in a fast-paced environment

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

  • Excellent communication skills (verbal and written)

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

In 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

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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