First listed on: 07 June 2021

About Humane Research Australia (HRA)

HRA is a small but growing non-profit organisation advocating scientifically valid and humane non-animal methods of research. We are seeking to add to our team of 4 with a consultancy role suited to a candidate with a biomedical research background. For information on HRA please see:

About the 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 than 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.

About you

You are a science graduate with biomedical research experience and established contacts in the industry. You have a solid understanding of the scientific arguments against animal experimentation and ideally knowledge of the framework around the use of animals in research in Australia. You have the confidence to articulate these arguments, alongside the ability to listen to and appreciate other perspectives. The use of animals in research is a divisive subject and you will likely face avoidance, ignorance, resistance, and even ridicule, alongside more positive responses. A flexible, pragmatic, and resilient approach is required to forge incremental change in this challenging area.

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

This is a part time remote working position with an initial 6-month contract, with the possibility of extension. 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.

Please note, only shortlisted applicants will be contacted.

Recent Jobs