Science Adviser


Position Objective:

To lead projects regarding animal testing issues in furtherance of PETA’s advocacy on behalf of animals, with a focus on regulatory testing

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Lead projects, conduct independent 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
  • Organise and lead international workshops related to animal testing issues
  • Collaborate with the head of science to decide on and obtain the necessary data for factsheets, white papers, reports, and other correspondence
  • Represent PETA at scientific conferences and communicate with scientists regarding issues relating to casework
  • Build and maintain communications with key audiences, including with particular decisionmakers in the legislative, administrative, and clinical arenas
  • Answer correspondence regarding animal testing issues from a range of stakeholders, including members of the public, the media, and companies
  • Conduct analysis of technical papers and translate scientific terminology into lay terms for use in research projects
  • Maintain confidentiality at all times
  • Act as a media spokesperson on issues related to animal testing
  • Perform any other duties as assigned by the supervisor


  • Degree in biology, biochemistry, genetics, or other related field
  • Demonstrable expertise in non-animal testing methods
  • Proven ability to lead projects
  • Proven ability to facilitate workshops
  • Public-speaking experience
  • Proven familiarity with and the ability to apply medical and scientific terminology
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct in-depth research and handle many issues simultaneously
  • Proven ability to make sound, independent judgements
  • Proven exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Proven ability to deal with members of the public in a professional and courteous manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Proven excellent strategic-thinking and analytical skills
  • Professional appearance
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • 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 writing and research experience.
2. 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)?
3. 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?
4. 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?
5. What do you see as the most promising alternatives to experimentation on animals?
6. Do you have any experience in the regulatory arena? Please describe any dealings you may have had with European regulatory agencies.
7. How do you feel you fit the aims and objectives of PETA?
8. Please read through the PETA US statement on euthanasia: What is your response?
9. What are your salary requirements?