Life Sciences Senior Associate

General Catalyst

San Francisco, CA, USA
Posted on March 11, 2024

General Catalyst is a multi-stage venture capital firm that invests in powerful, positive change that endures—for our entrepreneurs, our investors, our people, and society. We support founders with a long-term view who challenge the status quo, partnering with them from seed to growth stage and beyond to build companies that withstand the test of time. With offices in San Francisco, Palo Alto, New York City, Boston, and London, GC takes a highly integrated approach with no single headquarters location, but rather multiple offices that work in close collaboration. The firm has helped support the growth of category defining businesses across regions such as: Airbnb, Cazoo, Cityblock, Deliveroo, Guild, Gusto, Hubspot, Livongo, Melio, Oscar, Rapyd, Samsara, Snap, Stripe, and Warby Parker. Select life sciences investments include ArriVent Biopharma, CHARM Therapeutics, Eikon, Maze Therapeutics and Variant Bio. For more information see:

This role will be a critical member of the investment team at General Catalyst and work in tandem with Partners and the emerging investor team through sourcing and executing new investments. A successful candidate will bring actionable ideas, drive effective processes, understand business models and how to conduct diligence for growth-stage companies, and exhibit excellent investment judgement.


  • Identify and diligence novel scientific breakthroughs, innovative technologies, and recommend high-potential investments
  • Independently evaluate opportunities across therapeutics, diagnostics, research tools & health tech from seed to growth stage
  • Conduct diligence, communicate insights and investment recommendations to senior stakeholders
  • Perform analysis including financial projections, valuations and returns analysis
  • Lead end-to-end analytical sector thesis work by quickly understanding the landscape and developing structured analysis


  • PhD or significant research experience
  • Work experience in consulting, banking, public markets, private equity or venture capital following PhD or MD
  • Demonstrated interest in life sciences and passion for innovation across healthcare technology
  • Exceptional strategic, analytical, communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills
  • Driven, self-starter with a passion for excellence and tolerance for ambiguity and change
  • Deep analytical, research and technical skills
  • Prior investing experience strongly preferred

General Catalyst embraces our responsibility to create a sense of belonging for all races, identities, genders, and backgrounds across our industry. We are committed to diversifying our industry in terms of both investors and the founders we back.

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