Associate II, QC Microbiology


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Norwood, MA

Job Description

As posted by the hiring company

Job Overview:

The Role:
Reporting to the Manager of Quality Control, Microbiology, the QC Microbiology Associate 2 will support in-process and release testing for raw materials, drug substance and mRNA drug products produced at Moderna’s manufacturing facilities.

Here’s What You’ll Do:

  • Support testing for raw materials, drug substance and drug product. Methods include but not limited to Bioburden, Endotoxin, Media Growth Promotion, TOC, Plasmid testing, and Sterility

  • Assist in writing/revising SOPs, protocols and reports.

  • Assist in troubleshooting issues related to equipment, laboratory procedures and assay performance

  • Perform general laboratory support activities including reagent preparation, equipment maintenance, housekeeping, logbook reviews, etc.

  • Establish and maintain a safe laboratory working environment.

  • Work with the quality control management team to continuously improve the quality, compliance and efficiency of QC operations.

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

  • BS in a relevant scientific discipline with a minimum of 2 years Quality Control experience in a cGMP organization with a focus in Microbiology testing

  • Experience with Bioburden, Endotoxin, Media Growth Promotion, TOC and Sterility testing

  • Ability to prepare reagents, pipette small volumes, work in a Biological Safety Cabinet

  • Experience with lab equipment/instruments such as Isolators, pH meters, BacT, MCS, Pyros, Vitek MS, and M9 TOC Analyzers

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Programs (i.e. Word, Excel, Powerpoint)

  • Familiarity with electronic databases (e.g. LIMS, SAP, LMS)

  • Strong written and oral communication skills as well as organizational skills

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively under established guidelines and instructions

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

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

  • Knowledge of GMP, microbiology, aseptic technique

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 winter shut down
    • 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!

Candidates should be aware that Moderna currently maintains a policy requiring all US-based employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and receive a booster shot once eligible. Newly hired employees must be vaccinated and boosted prior to their employment start date. Moderna is an equal opportunity employer and will provide a reasonable accommodation to those unable to be vaccinated or receive a booster where it is not an undue hardship to the company to do so as provided under federal, state, and local law.

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 committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person’s race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, ancestry, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation or any characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.