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Sr. Engineer II, Process Development

Moderna, Inc.
Norwood, MA
Start date
Jun 16, 2024

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The Role:

Our team looks forward to welcoming an experienced Bioprocess Engineer with a strong background in the regulated (bio)pharmaceutical environment supporting laboratory, pilot and commercial scale process development, mRNA technology transfer to internal and external GMP production facilities and commercial production of mRNA therapies. Our teams goal is to implement and support robust commercial manufacturing processes. This Senior Engineer role requires close working relationships with Analytical Development, Manufacturing Sciences and Technology, Manufacturing, Supply Chain, Quality, Regulatory and Program Management functions as well as with external CMO teams. The incumbent will also help develop industry skills in high-performing junior team members both at the bench and in GMP manufacturing facilities.

We are establishing commercial processes that require a solid practical foundation in standard bioprocess unit operations (e.g. UF/DF, normal flow filtration, mixing systems, chromatography). The ideal candidate should have a strong background of supporting commercial operation of these unit operations with a focus on pro-active process improvements and optimization, effective troubleshooting, interfacing with existing teams to collaboratively resolve process investigations and implement appropriate controls to ensure robust commercial manufacturing. These skills should be complemented with a track record of excellent written and oral communication skills and experience operating within a Quality Management System. A history of process development and process investigation accomplishments using scaled down models, QbD-principles and process characterization/modeling techniques are strong pluses.

Success in this role would be demonstrated by effective participation in process investigations, design and performance of experiments to identify/confirm associated root causes, followed by characterization and implementation of effective process changes to increase success in commercial production. This position bears the potential for significant growth in a dynamic organization.

Heres What Youll Do:

  • Provide subject matter expert (SME) expertise and representation in cross-functional process investigations for commercial processes.

  • Support process investigations by active participation in root cause assessment exercises utilizing standard-industry tools

  • Design and execute detailed experiments to assess and confirm root causes of process deviations and identify effective mitigation tools.

  • Cross-functionally support establishment of appropriate CAPAs needed to improve robustness of commercial manufacturing processes.

  • Identify opportunities for pro-active process improvements and optimization based on commercial performance data to improve robustness of commercial manufacturing process.

  • Interface extensively in a matrixed environment with process development teams for process investigation support, assess new technologies, support on-going process characterization and post-approval changes.

  • Support technology transfer and establishment of commercial process at new manufacturing sites and provide Person-in-plant (PiP) support as needed.

  • Perform GMP activities with adherence to Quality Management System requirements.

  • Mentor junior team members. Supervisory role may be included.

  • Communicate clearly with program stakeholders, technical staff and external CMO partners.

  • Generate high quality source documentation to support regulatory filings.

Heres What Youll Bring to the Table:

  • BS with a minimum of 10 years, or MS with a minimum of 8 years, or Ph.D with a minimum of 4 years of industry experience in bioprocess development and/or manufacturing sciences. Engineering-related degree preferred.

  • Demonstrated background of providing technical support to commercial manufacturing processes, including but not limited to, support of process investigations, implementation of pro-active process modifications and support of post-approval changes

  • Experience with mature quality management systems, deviation management, change controls and CAPA implementation

  • Experience with lipid nanoparticle process development and mRNA process development is preferred.

  • Experience in large molecule process development (late phase/commercial experience preferred)

  • Knowledge of the large molecule regulatory environment, particularly FDA/ICH/ISPE guidelines on risk management, technology transfer and process validation.

  • Strong operational skills, interdependent project/timeline management capabilities.

  • Strong interpersonal skills with an eagerness to support colleagues across the organization and in partner organizations.

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.


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