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Consultant - Science Outreach

Humane Research Australia

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 humaneresearch.org.au

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 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.

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.

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