Toxicologist / (Senior) Research Associate

Position Objective:
To lead projects related to animal testing in order to support PETA’s efforts to replace the use of animals in mandatory regulatory tests

Term of Employment:

Reports To:
Director, Science Department

£30,000 – £50,000, dependent on experience

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Independently research and interpret a variety of issues related to replacing the use of animals in tests required by regulatory agencies
  • Develop recommendations on non-animal testing approaches through the analysis of scientific data and literature
  • Identify potential collaborators and partner with scientists on projects that will promote the implementation of non-animal approaches
  • Lead meetings with companies and government agencies and present at scientific conferences on the implementation of non-animal approaches
  • Identify opportunities to provide public comments that promote non-animal approaches and be in charge of the writing and presentation of these comments
  • Plan and execute workshops, webinars, and other educational opportunities for scientists
  • Write and analyse peer-reviewed articles and other technical papers
  • Translate scientific terminology into lay terms, and respond to requests and questions from the public, donors, and journalists
  • Provide input on strategy for the Science Department
  • Answer correspondence regarding animal testing
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor


  • PhD in toxicology, molecular biology, or a related field
  • Experience working at a regulatory agency or a biotechnology, chemical, pharmaceutical, or medical device company or similar desirable
  • Proven extensive knowledge of animal testing and alternatives
  • Familiarity with Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development test guidelines and regulatory requirements desirable
  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex technical documents
  • Management experience desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously and manage multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Proven ability to make sound, independent judgements
  • Proven attention to detail, exceptional organisational skills, and ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to interact effectively with diverse groups of scientists and the public
  • Exceptional writing and research skills
  • Exceptional public-speaking skills
  • Professional appearance
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality at all times
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Commitment to the objectives of the organisation
  • Support for PETA’s philosophy and the ability to advocate for its positions in a professional manner
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