Science Program Fellow

The Kavli Foundation seeks a Science Program Fellow for a two-year fellowship experience. Reporting to the IBI Program Director, the Science Program Fellow will work actively as part of a larger team to support the Foundation’s science programs. The fellow will primarily assist in the coordination and support of the International Brain Initiative. The fellow will also support the Foundation’s broader neuroscience efforts, including activities for the U.S. BRAIN Initiative. In addition, the fellow will gain hands-on experience in a challenging, fast-paced environment. The successful candidate should bring to the position scientific expertise, have the ability to gather and analyze information relevant to the Foundation’s science programs, and the ability to evaluate programmatic processes and challenges. 

Location: The Kavli Foundation Headquarter Office, 5715 Mesmer Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90230

Position Type: Full-time, 2-year appointment
Travel Required: 20%
​Direct Report: IBI Program Director

Duties and Responsibilities

1. Coordination of International Brain Initiative emerging projects

Working with the IBI Program Director, the successful candidate will interact frequently with the leadership, stakeholders, and scientist working groups of the International Brain Initiative. Travel to related meetings is expected when in-person events resume. 

Responsibilities will include:

  • closely follow and assist IBI Working Groups and Stakeholders Collective
  • track and coordinate IBI project development, especially projects emerging from working groups
  • track and maintain IBI documents, contacts, and communication
  • support the IBI Program Director in managing timelines and deliverables 
  • serve as the central point of contact for Working Group leadership and members
  • support the communication strategy implementation efforts
  • support in the development of opportunities for collaboration across funders, stakeholders, and large-scale brain projects

2. Gathering and analyzing information on the international neuroscience landscape

To accurately understand the landscape of neuroscience research around the world, the Science Program Fellow will gather and analyze information about neuroscience initiatives.

Responsibilities will include:

  • survey relevant literature using scientific knowledge, highlighting on-going research, and identifying trends and themes in neuroscience
  • participate in conferences, conference calls, and other events where relevant information is presented
  • draft written materials including detailed reports of information gathered, meeting minutes, and scientific program summaries
  • leverage the IBI Inventory of Brain Projects to better understand the large-scale funding patterns
  • collect literature and information for IBI Working Groups to fill-in gaps, highlight opportunities, and enhance future project proposals
  • engage in sector development work to support sociological and cultural developments in neuroscience

3. Liaise with international partners and stakeholders

Responsibilities will include:

  • facilitating phone calls and in-person meetings to maintain relationships with partners
  • sharing and disseminating information to various science stakeholders 
  • demonstrating cross-cultural sensitivity when interacting with colleagues, and especially when    facilitating those interactions

4. Organizing and/or assisting with scientific conferences and meetings

5. 10% of time will be spent on professional development activities, including coursework and training (approved and paid by the foundation), such as an online scientific community engagement course.


  • master’s degree in life sciences required, Ph.D. in life sciences preferred
  • a specialty in neuroscience is desired
  • proficiency in Microsoft office products is required; familiarity with salesforce is a plus
  • demonstrated science diplomacy skills and/or international experience is desired
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly in drafting and editing a variety of  materials with scientific content (letters, white papers, summary documents), as well as preparing presentations with scientific and programmatic content
  • attention to detail and strong documentation and workflow management skills
  • have a creative approach to problem solving and the ability to take advantage of emerging opportunities
  • be proactive, ability to meet deadlines and understand priorities, and a strong work ethic
  • able to maintain composure under pressure with multiple on-going projects
  • intrinsic curiosity about science is vital
  • ability to convene, facilitate, and develop trusted relationships among the foundation’s stakeholders
  • ability to work as a member of teams consisting both internal and external stakeholders 
  • ability to synthesize and analyze information and report on findings in an efficient manner
  • ability to travel in conjunction with job responsibility; approximately 20% travel when in-person events resume

Application process

  1. Please submit a cover letter describing your qualifications, a brief bio (200-word limit), and your curriculum vitae to Human Resources:
  2. All candidates must complete the Culture Index Survey.


  • Medical, dental and vision insurance coverage
  • Employer paid life insurance and voluntary buy up
  • Employer paid short-term and long-term disability 
  • Paid vacation and holidays
  • 401(k) plan with a match

The Kavli Foundation is an EEOC employer.