Associate, Biomedical Research / Health

Associate, Biomedical Research / Health

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 teams to support due diligence efforts for various health related projects in our portfolio which include but are not limited to neurodegeneration, mental health, oncology, rare disease, inflammatory disorders, etc.;
  • Perform independent research to understand the state of a scientific or healthcare field, 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 project and stakeholder management, including coordinating meetings, preparing materials, note-taking, conducting specific analysis as requested, etc.;
  • Support the development of literature to communicate findings from projects in the portfolio to philanthropists and other stakeholders, including producing briefings, participating in the drafting process, 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.


  • 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.

Note: The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

Please submit a cover letter and resume - all applications materials should be attached as PDF files. Any application that does not include both a cover letter and a resume saved as PDFs will be rejected. 


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