Research Policy Specialist

Washington D.C.
Starting salary will be around $65,000, depending on experience, plus benefits.
July 26 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type
Staff Scientist

Research Policy Specialist 

Seeking a professional with an advanced degree in the life sciences to strategize and implement efforts to replace animals in basic and medical research with human-relevant research methods.

About the Physicians Committee

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is a nonprofit health organization dedicated to saving and improving lives through advanced medical research and public policy advocacy. Our vision is to create a healthier world through a new emphasis on scientific research conducted ethically, without using animals. We invite you to visit our YouTube channel, our website, and Physicians Committee president Dr. Neal Barnard’s blog.

About the Research and Regulatory Affairs Team

The Physicians Committee’s Research and Regulatory Affairs team are experts in human-relevant research and testing methods. We collaborate with regulatory, industrial, and academic scientists to develop, assess, and promote alternatives to animals in science. We engage our physician and lay members to make policy changes to improve public health, research, and education practice.

About this Career Opportunity

The Physicians Committee is looking for a scientist with an interest in ending animal research by advancing human-relevant, nonanimal research methods. The research policy specialist will work with the Physicians Committee staff, experts in academia, makers of nonanimal research methods, and other allies to strategize and execute scientific and policy changes at the National Institutes of Health and other government agencies which will lead to an increase in the funding and conduct of nonanimal health research methods. The candidate will also lead outreach programs for young and early-career scientists to promote and support nonanimal medical research methods.

Essential functions include:

  • By engaging researchers and other professionals, determine and implement guidance, policies, or practices which could facilitate increased funding of nonanimal research by the National Institutes of Health or other funding bodies
  • Author peer-reviewed articles, policy recommendations, breaking research synopses, and commentaries promoting human-relevant research methods
  • Assist in planning and executing outreach and education events for young scientists
  • Identify opportunities to write public comments to relevant institutions and lead collaborative submissions as appropriate
  • Attend and present at relevant scientific conferences
  • Organize workshops and educational symposia for scientists
  • Assist in Congressional lobbying activities and in crafting policy positions and materials
  • Serve as spokesperson to lay and scientific press
  • Assist communications department in developing traditional and social media packages

This is a full-time position located at the Physicians Committee’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. in Friendship Heights on Metro’s Red Line.

Who We’re Looking For

We are looking for a team player who will tackle his or her work with diplomacy, a sense of urgency and persistence. We want to hear from you if you share these qualities and are:

  • Passionate about the Physicians Committee's mission to end the use of animals in research, education, and testing
  • Able to strongly yet diplomatically advocate for our position
  • Able to independently determine and implement strategies and capitalize on opportunities for collaboration with external stakeholders
  • An excellent writer
  • Willing to travel, present, and network to further our message and build connections to facilitate progress
  • Have a post-graduate degree in the life sciences

How to Apply

In your cover letter, please tell us about the values we share, your accomplishments, and about any experience and personal motivations you have related to the Physicians Committee's mission to promote alternatives to the use of animals in research, education, and testing. Click here to apply online. We look forward to hearing from you! Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis.

We are also currently recruiting a Research and Testing Coordinator. Find out more at

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