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Neuroscience Policy & Advocacy Fellow

at Society for Neuroscience

Posted: 6/26/2019
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 1105989
Categories: Other/General
Keywords: temporary

Job Description

  • Advocacy & Training
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Full Time

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is looking for a Policy & Advocacy Fellow that will help provide staff support for special and on-going projects, providing the critical perspective of someone with skills and training typical of the SfN membership. The fellow will be a graduate student or early career neuroscientist with a strong interest in public policy or a career path outside the traditional academic or laboratory environment. This is a temporary position not to exceed 6 months (preferably September - March). The Fellow will be involved in:

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Provide scientific perspective on core department functions including advocacy for federal research funding and animals in research.
  • Assist with the implementation of strategic initiatives as directed by the Committee on Government on Public Affairs and the Committee on Animals in Research.
  • Help write scientific portions of testimony submitted by the Society's president to Congressional committees.
  • Develop materials about the value of scientific research for, outreach campaigns (such as letters to the editor), and other public facing media.
  • Develop multiple, regular newsletters for member-audiences on subjects addressing policy, advocacy, and animals in research.
  • Assist AT staff in developing materials and preparing panel participants for the society's annual meeting (held in October or November).
  • Assist AT staff in developing and preparing materials, schedules, and other necessary items for SfN's annual lobby event in Washington, D.C. (typically held in March).
  • Participate fully in AT annual meeting and lobby event activities.


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree required. Graduate level work in the field of neuroscience, Ph.D. strongly preferred.
  • 1-2 or more years of experience working in a professional setting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills; outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills to interface with internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrated interest in science advocacy
  • Strong collaborative skills and ability to organize work across departments to achieve common objectives.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to multi-task and set priorities in a flexible manner to address changing needs.
  • Advanced competence in computer software applications and related technology products, including database systems and proficiency in Windows, MS Office Suite, experience with content management system and association management system are a plus.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment, and to exercise sound judgment.

If this is you and you are eager to make meaningful contributions to a highly relevant and important mission, please submit a cover letter with your salary requirements and a copy of your resume for consideration. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.

The Society for Neuroscience is wholly dedicated to recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse group of talented people.  We are committed to provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected criteria, in accordance with applicable law and we welcome Veteran applicants.