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’re interested in this position, please send your cover letter and curriculum vitae to Kristin Heggeli at [email protected].