Consultancy role available at HRA

Are you a science graduate with experience in biomedical research? Do you have a commitment to the replacement of animal models in research and teaching? Here is your dream role!

HRA is currently recruiting for a Science Outreach consultancy role.

HRA challenges the use of animals in biomedical research and education on both ethical and scientific grounds. There are robust arguments in favour of a transition to non-animal methods, which advance the validity and translational value of research to human patients, as well as avoiding harm for animals.

Critical to our mission is outreach within the science community, whether that be researchers, medical research associations, peak bodies, animal ethics committee, students, journal editors or academics. Engagement with those who use animals; are considering the use of animals; or approve the use of animals is essential if we are to change the current paradigm of animal models. Additionally, collaboration with researchers using non-animal methods is foreseen to enlist speakers for seminars and public talks.

Key to the role is the development of constructive relationships within the biomedical research industry, the development of credible resources, strategic distribution of these resources, and the delivery of workshops, seminars or talks. This is a challenging and diverse role, which will see the successful candidate representing HRA at a range of forums, and provides the opportunity to make a tangible contribution to ethical and human-relevant science.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Develop, maintain and strengthen relationships within the biomedical research industry
  • Develop an outreach program for university students
  • Present at relevant forums and conferences
  • Coordinate events such as seminars, speaker tours and/or TED talks
  • Distribute HRA resources and reports to relevant audiences
  • Contribute to other projects, such as research, case studies and drafting of bulletins or briefings

Essential Criteria

  • A science degree is the minimal requirement (post-graduate qualification preferred)
  • Minimum of 3 years biomedical research experience in Australia
  • An in-depth understanding of the scientific arguments against animal experimentation
  • An in-depth understanding of animal and non-animal research methods
  • Articulate and well presented
  • Self-motivated and able to take initiative and work independently
  • Ability to engage with differing perspectives in a calm and considered manner

Desirable Criteria:

  • Established contacts in the research community
  • Knowledge of the legislative framework regulating animal experimentation in Australia
  • Facilitation or training experience
  • Event management experience
  • Author of peer-reviewed published papers

Please note, this is a part-time 6 month consultancy position. Applications close at 5pm on the 23 July.

Location is flexible within Australia. There will be a requirement for regular travel.  Applicants should submit their CV and a one-page cover letter by email, and state their salary expectation, to

Please note, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.


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