Research Associate – The Netherlands

Position Objective:

To provide research support related to animal testing in order to advance PETA’s efforts to replace the use of animals in experiments in the Netherlands

Term of Employment:


Reports to:

Director, Science Department


Belgium or the UK

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Independently research and interpret a variety of issues related to replacing the use of animals in experiments, with a primary focus on experiments conducted using animals in the Netherlands
  • Develop recommendations on non-animal testing approaches through 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 lead 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 strategic plans for the Science Department
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the supervisor
  • Perform all duties in English and Dutch


  • Advanced degree in toxicology, pharmacology, molecular biology, or a related field
  • Fluency in spoken and written Dutch and English is essential
  • Experience working at a regulatory agency or a biotechnology, chemical, pharmaceutical, or medical device company or similar is desirable
  • Experience related to Dutch animal testing issues and policies is desirable
  • Proven knowledge of animal testing and alternatives to animal tests
  • Familiarity with OECD test guidelines and regulatory requirements is desirable
  • Ability to analyse and interpret complex technical documents
  • Management experience is 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 to 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 its positions in a professional manner
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