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2023 Co-op, Technical Development

The Role
This is a winter/spring co-op opportunity in Norwood, MA from January– June2023. Applicants must be available for the entire duration of the co-op. Start date will be January 9, 2023.

The Technical Development organization at Moderna is looking for top talent in science and engineering to deliver on its mission to design manufacturing processes for mRNA medicines. Co-ops will have an opportunity to be part of high-performing project teams developing new manufacturing platforms to produce mRNA therapeutics and vaccines destined for clinical trials and commercial licensure. You will apply your educational background and learn new technical skills in the synthesis of mRNA, assembly of lipid nanoparticles and formulation of drug products to be administered to patients. You will develop a deep understanding of control strategies to ensure manufacturing processes can consistently deliver mRNA medicines of the highest quality.

Here’s What You’ll Do:
  • Work with a team of highly skilled experts to come up to speed on technology and techniques.
  • Use laboratory, technical and communication skills to generate experimental results, perform data analysis, and document in formal reports including conclusions and recommended next steps.
  • Perform process scale-up, support technology transfer and provide manufacturing support at internal Moderna, and external contract manufacturing sites.
  • Participate in planning, design, execution, analysis of experiments and formal risk assessments to establish critical process parameters, and overall process control strategies.
  • Optimize the impact of formulation and processing conditions on the stability of mRNA drug products and process intermediates
  • Review and share relevant academic literature and establish new collaborations with internal research and manufacturing groups.
  • Create scaled-down models, and high throughput experimental setups for unit operations
  • Characterize mRNA and lipid nanoparticles through collaboration with the analytical team
  • Prepare technical reports and present finding in cross-functional meetings
  • Additional duties as may be assigned from time to time

Here’s What You’ll Need (Minimum Qualifications)
  • Current student working towards Bachelors or Masters in Chemical Engineering, Biochemical Engineering, Biomolecular Engineering, Chemistry, Biochemistry/Biophysics, Molecular Biology, Biostatistics, Pharmaceutical Science, Bioengineering or a related field
  • Strong fundamental scientific and engineering skills for the evaluation of experimental data
  • Laboratory skills applicable to bioprocess development and analytical methods

Here’s What You’ll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)
  • GPA of 3.5 on a 4 scale or equivalent
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as the ability to contribute to high performing teams
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.