Research Associate

  • PETA Foundation
  • Apr 01, 2019
Full time Research-Planning

Job Description

Position Objective:

To promote animal-free science with major corporations


Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Maintain expertise in non-animal test methods and international regulatory requirements for testing
  • Independently research and interpret a variety of issues related to replacing animal testing required by regulatory agencies
  • Make and maintain contacts with major corporations in order to further PETA's work
  • Identify and collaborate with scientists and corporate representative on projects to promote the implementation of non-animal methods
  • Secure and lead formal meetings with companies and government agencies to discuss the implementation of in vitro and in silico test methods as well as other non-animal strategies
  • Ensure timely and appropriate follow-up with companies
  • Monitor the progress of departmental communications with corporations in order to ensure that short- and long-term goals are achieved
  • Identify, review, and develop recommendations for non-animal test methods through analysis of scientific literature and data sources
  • Attend and present at scientific conferences and communicate with scientists on specific issues relating to animal and non-animal test methods
  • Plan and execute workshops, webinars, and other educational opportunities for scientists
  • Obtain the necessary data for writing factsheets, reports, comments, correspondence, and other documentation
  • Represent the organization in dealings with media
  • Translate scientific terminology into lay terms for use in research projects
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor


Position Requirements:

  • Masters or PhD degree in toxicology or closely related field
  • Knowledge of animal-testing issues and scientific terminology
  • Familiarity with federal and international regulatory requirements as they relate to animal testing
  • Support for PETA's philosophy, commitment to the objectives of the organization, and the ability to professionally advocate PETA's positions
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of scientists and media representatives
  • Ability to analyze and interpret complex technical documents
  • Proven attention to detail, exceptional organizational skills, and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Exceptional public-speaking skills
  • Exceptional writing and research skills
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times
  • Ability to work well under pressure and within tight deadlines
  • Ability to make sound, independent judgements.
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid U.S. driver's license, a minimum of three years of driving experience, and a satisfactory driving record
  • Professional appearance

Area of Focus

Animal Rights

Veg Type

Veg Friendly

Job Level


Remote Position?