Science Policy Advisor, France

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

Term of Employment:

Contract Type:
Contractor/employee, depending on location

Remote, preferably based in Paris, but candidates in the UK and Belgium may also be considered

Reports to:
Science Policy Manager

£30,000 – £45,000 (dependent on experience)

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • In consultation and verified compliance with the objectives, standards, and requirements communicated by PETA, PETA France, PETA US and PETA Science Consortium International e.V.:
    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 director of PETA’s Science Department and other science policy advisors to decide on and obtain the necessary information for writing factsheets, reports, correspondence, and other literature
  • Collaborate with other departments of PETA entities, including the PETA US Regulatory Toxicology Department and Science Advancement and Outreach Division
  • 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 provide public comments that promote non-animal testing approaches and take the lead in 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
  • Perform all duties in English and French


    • Degree in a related field
    • Fluency in spoken and written English and French (essential)
    • Demonstrable knowledge of the functioning of the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the French government
    • Familiarity with the use of animals in laboratories, associated French and other European legislation, and alternatives to animal testing
    • Experience related to French animal-testing issues and policies preferred
    • 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 to 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
    • Ability to maintain 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 PETA’s positions on issues in a professional manner
    • Commitment to the objectives of the organisation
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