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Job Opportunities

Biomedical Leadership Fellow @ University of Pennsylvania

Sponsored by HealthX and the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network (CDCN)

The CDCN is looking for an entrepreneurial medical student to take a year-out between MS3 and MS4 to serve as the 2020-2021 Biomedical Leadership Fellow (BLF)/”Chief of Staff” to help translate promising research into life-saving therapeutics. The Fellowship winner will work directly with Penn Med Assistant Professor and alum Dr. David Fajgenbaum on all aspects of their leadership, project management, and translational work. They will work with expert researchers and physicians, pharmaceutical companies, foundations like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Castleman disease patients and volunteers who all share a common goal of better understanding and curing Castleman disease. The BLF will likely publish one or more papers that help to uncover insights into Castleman disease, immunology, and oncology as well as investigate ways to improve rare disease/biomedical research on a systems-level. The skills gained from this fellowship are highly transferable to any career choice or field of specialty.

  • Total stipend for one year: $32,000
  • Only Penn Med students are eligible to apply
  • Start date: Flexible—Start date anytime between January 2020-September 2020
  • Contact Dr. David Fajgenbaum to express your interest and ask any questions
  • Current BLF and Penn med student, Sophia Parente, is available to meet with interested applicants to answer questions and share more info
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until September 2020; early applications strongly preferred.
  • Learn more about the CDCN


  • Improve the speed with which projects go from concept to results
  • Establish and execute a clear project management strategy
  • Assist with all organizational operations, including talent planning and strategic planning
  • Co-author at least one (hopefully more) article in a peer-reviewed journal 

Key characteristics

  • Interest and passion in translating research into life-saving treatments
  • Critical thinker and strong problem solver
  • Serious attention to detail
  • Highly conscientious and very organized: projects/emails do not get dropped
  • Self-starter and interest in entrepreneurial pursuits
  • Strong at finishing tasks
  • Quick turnaround time for email communications

Volunteer Opportunities

The CDCN is comprised of physicians, researchers, patients, loved ones, and medical students. Our organization would not be successful without the hard work and dedication from so many people who volunteer their time to help us take down this disease. If you are passionate about Castleman disease, and want to help us advance our life saving research by joining our team, please fill out the survey.

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