Summer Internship Opportunity at The Longevity Fund

Internal company diligence & development

The Longevity Fund
Jun 17 · 3 min read

Who we are

The Longevity Fund is a San Francisco-based biotechnology venture capital fund. We invest in and build companies which have the potential to extend the healthy human lifespan. The Longevity Fund closed Fund II in 2017 and launched AGE1, a biotechnology accelerator, in 2018.

We started The Longevity Fund to invest in science to prevent or reverse aging. Our Longevity Fellows program seeks to identify young scientists capable of generating aging’s Apollo or Atari moment: singular accomplishments that made some of humanity’s oldest dreams seem approachable and achievable.

To date, we have raised $37 million and have been involved in bringing the new science to the market. With our first IPO Unity Biotechnologies, our companies are worth in aggregate of $1.5 billion, with over $500 million raised across them. Four of the five companies in our first portfolio have drugs in patients or healthy volunteers, which will read out in clinical efficacy within the next two years. These represent the first candidate drugs with the explicit possibility of extending healthy lifespan.

Summer internship opportunity

As a summer intern, you will work directly with our chief of staff, Celine, to help validate hypotheses around new therapeutic candidates, design key go/no go experiments, and help build the foundation of and ramp up an internal company in development at the Fund. Projects may include: researching the various methods of conducting a small molecule and antibody screen, assaying the benefits and drawbacks of each method, and helping ensure they are executed excellently; designing and conducting an indication selection matrix; finding and recruiting potential scientific advisory board members; and identifying potential new assets to in-license.

About you

  • You are technically excellent in at least one scientific field. Preference to those with a background in drugging protein targets, receptor-membrane interactions, small molecule screens, biologics, and classical aging pathways.
  • Capable of world-class translational work. You are excited to ensure that science breakthroughs actually touch real patients.
  • A demonstrated interest in drug translation, whether by direct experience or self-teaching.
  • You are excited to work with interdisciplinary scientists and engineers from machine learning, biology, chemistry and physics and ready to bridge the communication barriers between disciplines.

Preferred qualifications

  • You have achieved at least one difficult and technically impressive thing to date (this could be embodied in a PhD thesis, but we’re more interested in the quality and execution of the project than in the letters behind your name)
  • Evidence of high output, for example by contributions to an open-source project, publications, insightful blogs or similar
  • Leadership, in or outside of your studies

Internship technical details

  • Full or part-time (>20 hours/week)
  • Paid $5,000 a month/pro-rata if part-time. No benefits (but let us know if you are without health insurance, etc!)
  • Based in our San Francisco offices (SoMa). Remote potentially available for an excellent, highly reliable candidate.
  • Preferred immediate start, end date flexible (~August)
  • Potential to convert into a long-term position if mutually good fit

If this sounds like you, we’d love to chat: email Celine at careers@longevity.vc with your CV, a few key publications from your previous work, and your short- and long-term goals.

The Longevity Fund

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We invest in and build companies working to increase the healthy human lifespan.

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