Research Associate – International Laboratory Methods

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Position Objective:

To provide research assistance relating to global animal-testing issues in order to support PETA’s advocacy on behalf of animals used in experiments

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

• Analyze technical papers and translate scientific terminology into lay terms for use in research projects and campaigns

• Identify, review, and develop recommendations for non-animal testing methods through analysis of scientific literature and other data sources

• Draft and obtain the necessary data for letters, factsheets, white papers, reports, government comments, and other types of correspondence

• Attend scientific conferences and communicate with scientists regarding issues relating to experiments on animals and non-animal research methods, as needed

• Present complex and potentially controversial information and recommendations and represent the organization in dealings with state and federal agencies, public- and private-sector organizations, international forums, multinational companies, media, and advocacy and special-interest groups

• Work with government agencies to obtain information on specific animal tests

• Answer correspondence regarding animal-testing issues

• Research and interpret animal-protection legislation related to animal testing

• Collaborate with other staffers to research and develop public campaign and marketing materials for casework

• Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor


• MD, VMD, or PhD in a related field and several years of relevant experience

• Proven familiarity with and the ability to apply medical and scientific terminology

• Demonstrated ability to conduct in-depth research

• Proven exceptional written and verbal communication skills

• Demonstrated ability to interact with government agencies and members of the public in a professional manner

• Proven ability to make sound, independent judgments

• Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines

• Demonstrated ability to handle many issues simultaneously

• Professional appearance and adherence to a healthy vegan lifestyle

• Ability and willingness to travel

• Must have a valid U.S. driver’s license, a minimum of three years of driving experience, and a satisfactory driving record

• Support for PETA’s philosophy and the ability to professionally advocate PETA’s positions on issues

• Commitment to the objectives of the organization

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