Associate: Biomedical Research / Health

Location: Washington, D.C.
Department: Center for Strategic Philanthropy

About the Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy

The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) works to maximize return on philanthropic investment by ensuring that innovation used to address one social issue is translated to another, best practices and metrics are used to guide giving programs, and resources are invested to optimize outcomes. Through comprehensive due diligence and deep engagement with experts, the Center for Strategic Philanthropy helps philanthropists, family offices, wealth advisors, and foundations take a more entrepreneurial, data-driven approach to giving.

Much of our work at CSP is focused on medical research philanthropy, where we work in a number of areas that range from oncology, neurodegeneration, rare disease, and others. To review projects and reports that we have worked on previously, please click here.

We are looking for an energetic, detail-oriented early career professional with excellent organization and research skills to join our team as an associate. The associate will provide programmatic support to the team to move forward core initiatives in medical research philanthropy.


  • Work closely with project leads to support due diligence efforts for various health related projects in our portfolio which include but are not limited to oncology, rare disease, inflammatory disorders, etc.;
  • Lead key portions of state of the science and state of the system analysis for various health projects, which can include landscaping of latest scientific research, experimental therapies, industry pipelines, key research players, drug development models, key nonprofit and advocacy stakeholders, etc.;
  • Support activities related to scientific advisory board management for each project, including coordinating meetings, preparing materials, note-taking, conducting specific analysis as requested, etc.;
  • Develop executive-level literature to communicate findings for philanthropists, researchers, advisors, etc.
  • Represent the Milken Institute within the broader biomedical research community throughout the due diligence process and at various industry-specific events;
  • Contribute to communications efforts to build awareness of key funding opportunities, philanthropy resources, and overall opportunities to engage with CSP amongst the philanthropic and nonprofit communities; and,
  • Support the expansion of the Philanthropy Toolkit to include investment decision-making tools and case studies of innovative philanthropy strategies and giving vehicles.


  • Masters or Ph.D. in a field related to biomedicine with at least 2 years of consecutive laboratory research experience
  • Scientific writing experience for both technical and lay audiences;
  • High intellectual capacity that can be and has been applied to learning new areas of science and technology and related fields;
  • Facility in navigating scientific literature, scientific conferences, and other biomedical research resources;
  • Familiarity with scientific grant evaluation and peer review processes;
  • Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, with a willingness to adapt to changing situations and have a good sense of humor; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

To apply, please submit your information and upload your cover letter and resume. 


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