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The Physicians Committee

Director of Research Policy

About PCRM

The Physicians Committee is a nonprofit organization working toward compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion. Since 1985, PCRM has led the way for reforms of federal nutrition policies, and our clinical research programs are breaking new ground in diabetes, cancer, and other serious medical conditions. We have fought for an emphasis on prevention, higher ethical standards in research, and scientific advances in basic research and effective drug development. Over the years, we have taken on battles to end ethically questionable experiments involving children and inhumane animal experiments and have worked to improve science education. We have worked with physicians, federal regulators, politicians, researchers, educators, students, and concerned citizens. And we have so much more work to do. We invite you to visit our YouTube channel, our website, and PCRM president Dr. Neal Barnard’s blog.

About PCRM’s Research Policy Team

PCRM’s Research Policy team works to improve research and medical training by replacing the use of animals. The team does so in a multi-faceted way, engaging federal lawmakers and regulators, educating medical professionals at institutions nationwide, and promoting our work through traditional and social media.

The replacement of animal testing and animal experimentation with nonanimal techniques often yields both ethical and technical advantages. Clinical, epidemiological, and pathological investigations remain the foundation of research on human disease. Although animals are often used when ethical or practical issues have precluded the study of humans, the evolving scientific understanding of the complexity of animals and of their social and psychological needs underscores longstanding ethical concerns about their use in laboratory science.

In some areas, such as medical education, the shift to nonanimal methods has been rapid. Pharmaceutical manufacturers have incorporated nonanimal methods in several early steps in the drug development process. In other areas, technical or regulatory barriers present continuing challenges.

About this Career Opportunity

PCRM is looking for a highly skilled program director to join our team. If you have a background in the field of medicine or the life sciences, a passion for animal welfare, and strong leadership and communication skills, we want to hear from you.

The Director of Research Policy will oversee the implementation of campaign strategy, facilitate day-to-day forward movement of all ongoing campaigns, correspond with the public and members of the business, medical, and education communities, perform and oversee research to support and develop campaigns, work with representatives from supporting departments to identify media and development opportunities, and serve as a spokesperson for the Research Policy team’s campaigns.

This is a full-time position located at PCRM’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.


Candidates should have an MD or a PhD in the life sciences. Three or more years of experience managing staff is preferred. Experience with campaigns and the media is a plus. We are looking for a team player who will tackle his or her work with a sense of urgency, persistence and vigor. If you share these qualities, are passionate about PCRM's mission to advance the field of ethical research and medical training, and are looking to make the world a better place, we'd like to hear from you.

How to Apply

In your cover letter, please tell us about the values we share, your accomplishments, and your salary requirements. Send your cover letter and resume to and reference the position title in your subject line. We look forward to hearing from you!


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