Research Scientist, Protection Services

Posted September 29, 2017

Scholars at Risk is seeking a highly-motivated, flexible and team-oriented individual to join the Scholars at Risk team. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic person to work directly with SAR’s Protection team and client-scholars seeking assistance. This position is a natural fit for a self-starter who works well under tight deadlines; handles confidential materials with care; displays compassion in communications with clients; has excellent judgment, attention to detail, writing, research and analytic skills; has familiarity with higher education and/or human rights situations around the world; and wants to be an important contributor to a collegial office dedicated to protecting individuals, preventing future violations and promoting human rights generally. This position reports to SAR’s Acting Director for Protection Services, works closely with all members of the Protection team, and is in regular communication with other SAR staff.


80% – Research in Protection services

  • Research case information of scholar-applicants seeking assistance;
  • Research human rights and academic freedom conditions in countries of scholars’ alleged threats;
  • Serve as point of contact for pending scholar-applicants seeking SAR assistance;
  • Conduct initial review of incoming applications from scholar-applicants;
  • Research and draft case reports—including case summaries, references, and publications/samples of work—for accepted cases for circulation to SAR members to support placement efforts;
  • Organize and maintain case files on scholar-applicants; and
  • Ensure timely updates to data in online case databases.

20% – Communications and events

  • Research, prepare and manage all aspects of bi-weekly Academic Opportunities e-blast for scholars, including developing content, researching relevant opportunities, and maintaining subscriber list;
  • Provide support to team and organizational social media;
  • Assist in arranging speaking engagements for SAR scholars, including assisting with scholar travel and other needs for scholar speaking events and/or SAR scholar/host training workshops; and
  • Related administrative support (e.g. purchase orders and reimbursements for events).


The ideal candidate exhibits the characteristics below and wants to be important contributor to a collegial team that recognizes shared commitments to our clients, members and partners, funders, the world, each other and ourselves; seeks harmony in meeting these commitments; and sees them as positive opportunities to make a difference.


  •  Undergraduate degree required, graduate degree preferred
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, especially in a cross-cultural setting
  • Excellent attention to detail, flexibility, initiative and good problem-solving abilities
  • Excellent research, analytical and oral and written communication skills
  • Solid judgment and ability to handle sensitive information in a discreet, professional manner
  • Ability to manage workloads, deadlines and responsibilities with limited supervision
  • General computer skills, including proficiency in Excel, Word, Adobe Acrobat


  •  Previous experience with non-profits
  • Website, database, social media or other IT skills
  • Familiarity or interest in higher education, human rights, relief/refugee or related fields
  • Familiarity with other languages


PLEASE APPLY IMMEDIATELY (no phone calls or email inquiries, please) by emailing in a PDF single document: (1) a cover letter, (2) resume, (3) list of references or letters of reference, and (4) a brief, unedited writing sample. Email to with the subject line “Research Scientist, Protection Services -[Your last name].” Regrettably, SAR is not able to sponsor work-eligible visas for these positions.

Application deadline: October 20, 2017

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