Skip to main content

This job has expired

You will need to login before you can apply for a job.

Sr. Director, Gene Editing Technology Discovery

Moderna, Inc.
Cambridge, MA
Start date
Jun 1, 2024

View more

Clinical, Medical Writing, Science/R&D, Genetics
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Genetown, Best Places to Work

Job Details

The Role

Moderna is seeking a highly motivated and skilled Senior Director of Gene Editing Technology Discovery to lead our pioneering efforts in next-generation gene editing technologies. This pivotal leadership role demands deep expertise in the mechanisms of gene editors and a demonstrated history of innovation in gene correction technologies. The ideal candidate will thrive in a dynamic, cross-functional environment, demonstrating exceptional leadership skills aimed integrating robust research strategies across a broad, deep research organization. By developing a strong team and fostering strong collaborative ties with teams across computational sciences, RNA sciences, delivery sciences, Modernas therapeutic areas and other key areas, the Senior Director of Gene Editing Technology Discovery will accelerate Modernas mission of delivering transformative mRNA-based therapies to correct pathogenic mutations with gene editing medicines.

Heres What Youll Do

  • Lead the gene editing technology strategy in the discovery and development of innovative gene correction techniques, focusing on next-generation technologies.

  • Lead, cultivate, and develop a team of researchers and foster a collaborative and innovative work environment.

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including mRNA sciences, delivery sciences, disease biologists and preclinical translation colleagues to ensure the seamless transition of gene editing technologies from discovery to clinical translation.

  • Stay abreast of the latest scientific advancements and technological trends in gene editing to ensure Moderna remains at the forefront of the industry.

  • Lead the publication and dissemination of significant scientific findings and represent Moderna at key conferences and industry events.

  • Manage budget, resources, and timelines for multiple projects, ensuring the efficient allocation of resources and adherence to deadlines.

  • Identify, develop and maintain strategic internal and external partners to enhance research capabilities and innovation.

Heres What Youll Need (Basic Qualifications)

  • PhD in Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field.

  • Minimum of 11 years of experience in genetic research, with at least 5 years focused specifically on gene editing technologies.

  • Demonstrated expertise in the mechanisms of gene editors, including CRISPR, TALENs, and/or next-generation gene correction platforms.

  • Proven leadership experience with a strong track record of mentoring and developing direct reports and driving innovative research projects.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capable of fostering collaboration both within and outside the organization.

  • Strong strategic thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a proven ability to drive robust research strategies.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table (Preferred Qualifications)

  • >10 years industrial experience is preferred.

  • Demonstrated ability to adapt strategies in response to data and/or changing priorities

  • Experience leveraging mRNA and/or LNP technologies

  • A desire to make an impact as part of a high-growth, transformational company that is Bold, Relentless, Curious, and Collaborative.

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, theinfrastructure 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 peopleare 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.

As we build our company, we have always believed an in-person culture is critical to our success. Moderna champions the significant benefits of in-office collaboration by embracing a 70/30 work model. This 70% in-office structure helps to foster a culture rich in innovation, teamwork, and direct mentorship. Join us in shaping a world where every interaction is an opportunity to learn, contribute and make a meaningful impact.

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. Were 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.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should contact the Accommodations team at (EEO/AAP Employer)



Moderna is advancing messenger RNA (mRNA) science to create a new class of transformative medicines for patients. Moderna’s platform builds on continuous advances in basic and applied mRNA science, delivery technology and manufacturing, providing the Company the capability to pursue in parallel a robust pipeline of new development candidates. Moderna is developing therapeutics and vaccines for infectious diseases, immuno-oncology, rare diseases and cardiovascular diseases, independently and with strategic collaborators.

mRNA is now a turning point in the history of science, medicine, technology, even humankind itself. With this breakthrough discovery, many of the world’s biggest and most challenging medical problems are no longer a question of “how?” but merely a question of “when?”

Come with us as we pursue the uncharted reaches of possibility and make your mark on the future of medicine.


Stock Symbol:


Stock Exchange:



Facebook  Instagram  Twitter


Company info
200 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalized job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert