Senior Associate, Biomedical Research and Health

Senior Associate, Biomedical Research and Health

The Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) is a fast-growing entity within the Milken Institute, a non-profit, nonpartisan think tank determined to increase prosperity by advancing solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs, and improve health.

Philanthropic capital is a growing and powerful economic force – particularly in the United States, where Americans donate more than $400 billion annually. At the same time, we are on the cusp of the greatest intergenerational transfer of wealth ever, with $30 trillion poised to be transferred to heirs over the next 30 – 40 years. Given the stakes, it is imperative that this capital be invested as wisely as possible. 

CSP conducts deep due diligence across a range of issue areas, creates and promotes well-informed giving strategies, and advises families and foundations on where and how to channel their philanthropy to maximize a return on their investment. In addition, we identify and share best practices and appropriate metrics that can help guide new and existing giving programs to ensure that resources are invested to optimize outcomes.

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 enthusiastic PhD level scientist with research experience in neuroscience or other related disciplines (e.g. neuropsychiatry, sensory processing, etc.). The Senior Associate will serve as a project lead on mental health and other projects in our health portfolio. We seek candidates with 1-2 years of work experience outside of a graduate training program (we will consider candidates who have completed comprehensive internships outside of the laboratory).


  • Serve as a project lead responsible for the development of philanthropic recommendations for health related projects in our portfolio which include but are not limited to neurodegeneration, mental health, 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.;
  • Organize 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; and
  • 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 and at least 1-2 years of professional experience in a related field;  
  • 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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