Science Policy Advisor

Position Objective:
To lead policy and research projects related to animal testing in order to support PETA’s advocacy for animals used in experiments

Term of Employment:

£30,000 – £45,000

Remote, preferably based in Belgium, but the UK is also an option.

Reports To:
Director, Science Department

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Independently research and interpret a variety of scientific, political, policy-driven, and other issues related to animal testing in order to further PETA’s goals
  • Build networks and coordinate meetings with key policymakers and other stakeholders
  • Collaborate with the Science Department’s director and other science policy advisors to decide on and obtain the necessary information for writing factsheets, white papers, reports, correspondence, and other literature
  • Collaborate with other departments within PETA UK and other PETA entities, including PETA US’ Regulatory Toxicology Department and PETA Science Consortium International e.V.
  • Build relationships and maintain communication with key audiences, particularly decision-makers in the legislative and administrative arenas
  • Lead meetings with parliamentarians, companies, and legislators and present at conferences
  • Develop expertise in non-animal testing methods and draw upon the expertise of others
  • Respond to correspondence regarding issues related to animal testing
  • Conduct analyses of technical papers and legislation and translate scientific and legal terminology into lay terms for use in research projects
  • Identify opportunities to make public comments that promote non-animal testing approaches and lead the writing and presentation of these comments
  • Represent PETA at public-speaking engagements, in debates, to the media, and to the general public
  • Communicate PETA’s philosophy to the public
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor

Position Requirements:

  • Degree in a related field
  • Demonstrable experience with regard to the functioning of the European Parliament and European Commission
  • Familiarity with the use of animals in laboratories, associated European legislation, and non-animal methods
  • Proven ability to maintain awareness of relevant political, social, and economic developments
  • Proven ability to brief colleagues and other relevant stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct in-depth research
  • Proven excellent writing and research skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Proven attention to detail, exceptional organisational skills, and ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Proven ability to make sound, independent judgements
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of scientists, parliamentarians, industry representatives, the public, and other stakeholders
  • Exceptional public-speaking and networking skills
  • Fluency in a second European language desirable
  • Commitment to maintaining strict confidentiality at all times
  • Willingness and ability to travel, as needed
  • Professional appearance
  • Support for PETA’s philosophy and the ability to advocate for the group’s position on issues in a professional manner
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organisation
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