Program Description

Washington Research Foundation (WRF) is seeking 2-4 Venture Analysts to assist with conducting due diligence on potential grants and investments, primarily in life sciences and enabling technologies. WRF is a private foundation based in the Eastlake neighborhood of Seattle that supports the development of groundbreaking technologies at nonprofit research institutions in Washington state. WRF Capital is the investment vehicle for WRF, investing in startups in Washington state, with a particular focus on spinouts from Washington State research institutions.

Venture Analysts will perform background research on grantmaking and investment opportunities currently under consideration by WRF. Analysts will gain a greater understanding of the process of commercialization as they work for a regionally focused foundation and venture capital firm.

WRF Venture Analysts:

  • Work up to 10 hours per week remotely or in the office
  • Receive compensation of $35/hour
  • Are appointed for up to one year based on performance and mutual agreement

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Applicants confirm with their school and advisor that they are eligible to work up to 10 hours a week outside of their school program
  • Candidates must be enrolled in an MBA program, a graduate health degree (e.g. PharmD), a graduate program in a STEM field such as chemistry, life science, information technology or engineering, or in a postdoctoral fellowship program
  • Candidates must be affiliated with a Washington state research university, such as UW, WSU, EWU, WWU and CWU. If you are based at another Washington-based institution, please contact us to confirm eligibility
  • Applicants must have the explicit consent of their Ph.D. supervisor, academic advisor, or PI
  • We are seeking applicants who have some experience with entrepreneurship or entrepreneurial thinking. Examples include:
    • Participation in entrepreneurship training (for example, TEC certificate courses in Foster School, Program in Technology Commercialization, Creative Destruction Lab)
    • Participation in SEBA events
    • Participation in the Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge or Dempsey Startup Competition
    • Prior business experience

Application deadline: 5 p.m. (Pacific) on June 16, 2024

Information sessions

An information session with current Venture Analysts will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, June 5, 2024 at 1 p.m. (Pacific). To request the link, please send an email to

The ultimate puzzle: former WRF Senior Venture Analyst Emily Rabe featured in University of Washington Magazine. Photo by Corinne Thrash, UW College of Arts & Sciences

Selection Process

WRF has a two-part application process.

Part A: Complete application and submit resume here by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific) on June 16, 2024.

  • Online applications ask for the following information:
    • Full name and address
    • Email address
    • Phone number
    • Degree program if applicable
    • Name of faculty whom you report to (dissertation chair or PI for Ph․D․ students, academic advisor for professional health degree students, supervisor for postdocs)
    • Faculty contact email
    • Confirmation of faculty advisor: Does your faculty advisor know you are completing this application and are they supportive of your application?
    • Confirmation that you are permitted to work up to 10 hours per week in the United States outside of your primary employment
    • Expected quarter of degree completion
    • Please describe your current area of research in a way that is accessible to non-experts (max. 250 words)
    • Please describe any training or experience that you have in entrepreneurship (max․ 500 words)
    • What are your plans after graduation or end of current program (max. 200 words)

Part B: By invitation only, write a 3-5 page report on one of 4 to 5 preselected innovations described in published papers, addressing several topics relevant to commercialization potential and pathways. Further details on this assignment are provided with the invitation.


  • Applicants are encouraged to attend an online information session with current venture analysts on June 5, 2024 at 1 p.m. (Pacific). Please send an email to to request the Zoom link
  • Initial applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific) on June 16, 2024
  • Applicants will be informed whether they are invited to submit a full application by June 18, 2024
  • Full applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. (Pacific) on July 2, 2024
  • Applicants will be informed if they are invited for an interview by July 15, 2024
  • Interviews will be conducted via Zoom between July 17 and July 26, 2024
  • Candidates will be notified of their final status by August 7, 2024 and asked to accept or decline any potential offer by August 21, 2024
  • Orientation will be held on September 10, 2024

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