Reproductive Toxicology Specialist


Position Objective:

To provide research support for animal testing issues, focusing on reproductive and developmental toxicology in furtherance of PETA’s advocacy on behalf of animals used in government-mandated testing

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Independently research and interpret a variety of animal-protection issues to further PETA’s cause, primarily as it relates to animal testing required by regulatory agencies in the areas of reproductive toxicity and prenatal developmental toxicity testing
  • Research and interpret animal testing that is required by regulatory agencies
  • Identify, review, and develop recommendations for non-animal testing methods related to reproductive toxicology through analysis of scientific literature and data sources
  • Secure and lead formal meetings with companies and government agencies for scientific discussion of reproductive and developmental toxicology and other testing concerns
  • Participate on International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) panels involved in writing standards and guidelines for reproductive and developmental toxicology as well as other testing
  • Attend scientific conferences and communicate with scientists on specific issues relating to animal and non-animal testing methods and focusing on reproductive and developmental toxicology
  • Obtain the necessary data for writing factsheets, white papers, reports, OECD submissions, correspondence, and other documentation
  • Analyse technical papers and translate scientific terminology into lay terms for use in research projects, responses to the public or media, or other purposes
  • Present complex and potentially controversial organisational recommendations and routinely represent the organisation in dealings with government agencies, public- and private-sector organisations, international forums, multinational companies, media, and advocacy and special-interest groups
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor


  • Advanced degree in reproductive or developmental toxicology, molecular biology, biology, or related field and two years of relevant experience
  • Proven extensive knowledge of reproductive and/or developmental toxicology, animal testing issues, and medical and scientific terminology
  • Familiarity with national and international regulatory agencies
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of scientists and media representatives
  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex technical documents
  • 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 and willingness to travel
  • Support for PETA’s philosophy and the ability to advocate professionally for PETA’s positions on issues
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organisation


  • Full-Time

If you are interested in this position, please review the questions below and send your completed responses, curriculum vitae, and cover letter to Kristin Heggeli at [email protected].

1. Please detail your experience working in the field of reproductive toxicology.
2. Please detail your writing and research experience.
3. Please detail any experience you may have with animal testing issues. Are you self-taught (e.g., your own reading) or is your background more formal (e.g., any work experience)?
4. Do you have any familiarity with the drug discovery and development process and/or specific non-animal drug testing methods? What do you see as the major barriers to replacing animals in drug and medical product testing?
5. Do you have any familiarity with chemical toxicity testing issues and specific non-animal chemical toxicity tests? What do you see as the major barriers to replacing animals in chemical testing?
6. What do you see as the most promising alternatives to experimentation on animals?
7. Do you have any experience in the regulatory arena? Please describe any dealings you may have had with European regulatory agencies.
8. How do you feel you fit the aims and objectives of PETA?
9. Please read through the PETA US statement on euthanasia: What is your response?
10. What are your salary requirements?