Research and Education Programs Coordinator
About the Physicians Committee – Who We Are
The Physicians Committee is a nonprofit organization working toward compassionate and effective medical practice, research, and health promotion. Since 1985, the Physicians Committee 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 Physicians Committee president Dr. Neal Barnard’s blog.
About this Career Opportunity: Research and Education Programs Coordinator
The Physicians Committee is looking for a Research and Education Programs Coordinator to join our team. The Research and Education Programs Coordinator will facilitate day-to-day forward movement of all ongoing Physicians Committee campaigns to replace the use of animals in basic research and numerous areas of medical education and training.
The position involves extensive research and information-gathering via the Internet, freedom of information laws, scientific and medical journals; writing for technical and lay audiences; corresponding with government agencies and academic institutions; policy analysis; and program coordination with co-workers and Physicians Committee partners.
This is a full-time position located at the Physicians Committee’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
About the Physicians Committee’s Research Policy Team
The Physicians Committee’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 and science professionals at institutions nationwide, and promoting our work through traditional and social media.
The replacement of animal experimentation with human-relevant methods often yields ethical, technical, and clinical 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, as well as their unsuitability as proxies for humans and our diseases.
In some areas, such as medical student education, the shift to non-animal methods is nearly complete. More than 97 percent of all United States medical schools have eliminated old-fashioned animal laboratories in favor of modern, cost-effective and humane alternatives. In other areas, technical or regulatory barriers, and educator bias, present continuing challenges.
We are looking for a highly motivated team player with exceptional organization skills and experience in the life sciences who will tackle his or her work with a sense of urgency, persistence and vigor. The ideal candidate will work independently while coordinating closely with his or her supervisor and colleagues. If you share these qualities and are passionate about the Physicians Committee’s' mission to advance the fields of ethical research and medical training, we'd like to hear from you. Knowledge of scientific methods and facility with medical and scientific reference tools are pluses.
How to Apply
In your cover letter, please tell us about the values we share, your accomplishments, your salary requirements, and any experience you have reviewing scientific documents, writing for varied audiences, and working on time-sensitive projects. Send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com and reference the position title in your subject line. We look forward to hearing from you!