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Vacancy: Project Manager at DRI

12 April 2018

The Academy is seeking applications to fill the position of Project Manager at the DRI.  This specific purpose contract is expected to last for two and a half years.  

About the Academy

Established in 1785, the Royal Irish Academy is Ireland’s leading body of experts in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.  The Academy is an all-island independent forum that brings together the worlds of academia, government and industry, to address issues of mutual interest, through our major outreach events and legacy projects.  Drawing on our Members’ expertise, we make a significant contribution to public debate and public policy formation on issues in science, technology and culture. We lead important national research projects, particularly in areas relating to Ireland and its heritage. In addition, the Academy represents the world of Irish learning internationally, maintains and enhances a unique globally recognised library and is a leading academic publisher.

The role

The role is to manage DRI’s contributions to the Research Data Alliance (RDA) Europe 4.0 Horizon 2020 project, to align DRI’s practices with the RDA, and to assist in developing national and European capacity in research data sharing and re-use across research domains and sectors.

The post will involve a certain amount of travel both within Europe and internationally. This is a fixed term contract for 2.5 years. Applicants must have existing permission to work in Ireland /EU.

About DRI

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is the national trusted digital repository for Ireland's social and cultural data, and has been certified by the Core Trust Seal (2018). The repository links together and preserves both historical and contemporary data held by Irish institutions, providing a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools. As a national e-infrastructure for the future of education and research in the humanities and social sciences, DRI is available for use by the public, students and scholars. Originally awarded €5.2M from the Higher Education Authority PRTLI Cycle 5 to build the repository and research centre, DRI is funded from 2017 by the Department of Education and Skills via the Higher Education Authority and the Irish Research Council. DRI has also received awards from Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, the Irish Research Council, The European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), Horizon 2020, and Atlantic Philanthropies. DRI is supported by a network of academic, cultural, social, and industry partners, including the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) and RTÉ. For more information see

Key Duties

  • Manage a project to deliver DRI’s support activities for the Research Data Alliance Europe
  • Develop and implement partnerships and activities to support early career researchers, technical experts and domain ambassadors (e.g. training, events, creation of resource materials, webinars and website development)
  • Aligning DRI’s support for research data management with RDA, national approaches in Ireland, Europe and internationally
  • Disseminating best practices in research data sharing and RDA outputs via Irish and European channels
  • Contributing more broadly to the ongoing development of the Digital Repository of Ireland’s capacity in research data management via involvement in relevant taskforces and working groups
  • Actively contributing to grant and funding proposals
  • Any other duties as assigned within the scope of the role

Essential Criteria

  • A degree in a relevant discipline
  • Experience managing projects from initial scoping through completion and reporting
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently, while also working flexibly as a member of a cross-disciplinary team
  • Expertise in information management, especially in supporting the aims of Open Science and the goals of the RDA: research data sharing and reuse, data archiving and preservation
  • Experience working on high-profile collaborative projects, especially European projects and networks, particularly in a communications and outreach role.
  • Excellent oral and personal communication skills, with demonstrated ability to engage and communicate effectively with a wide array of stakeholders
  • Excellent writing skills, including experience creating content and tools for websites (esp. with Drupal)

Desirable Criteria

  • A recognised Project Management qualification
  • Demonstrated ability to connect with stakeholders across domain and geographical boundaries
  • Familiarity with activities across the European research landscape, (e.g. in the European Commission, or in a variety of RPOs, libraries and archives)
  • Knowledge of the evolving policy and funding landscape in Ireland and Europe on research data preservation and sharing, including knowledge of Open Access, open data, open science.


The salary scale is an eight-point Senior Program Manager scale, from €43,733 - €58,175 per annum.  Candidates should note that entry will be at the minimum of the scale in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2013 and therefore will not be subject to negotiation. Remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy.

Salary is payable on the 15th of each month.  PRSI is payable at the A1 rate.


The normal hours of work are 37 hours per as follows:

Monday to Thursday


with one hour for lunch



with one hour for lunch

Hours of work may be adjusted from time to time in line with government policy. Overtime is not paid in respect of excess attendance in which case, should it arise, is discharged by time-off in lieu at times agreed in advance with the DRI Director.


The annual leave entitlement is 25 days per annum, pro-rated accordingly. Entitlement to leave for Public Holidays is in accordance with the terms of the Organisation of Working Time Act 1997.  There is a requirement to take up to four days annual leave where the Academy is closed at Easter and Christmas.


Staff shall, if required, and at the expense of the Academy, submit to a medical examination by a registered medical practitioner nominated by the Academy and shall authorise such medical practitioner to disclose and to discuss with the Academy the results of the examination and the matters which arise from it so that the Academy can ascertain any matters that they consider might impair a staff member from properly discharging his/her duties.


Details of the appropriate pension scheme will be provided upon determination of appointee’s status. This appointment is subject to the pension-related deduction in accordance with the Financial Emergency Measures in the Public Interest Act 2009.


Completed applications consisting of one electronic copy (with both documents contained in one PDF file) must be submitted to Ada Stephenson in the order as set out below:

  1. A cover letter that demonstrates how you meet the requirements for the post.
  2. A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience.

Should you choose to send applications by post, please ensure that proof of postage is obtained and sufficient time for receipt of application before the closing date is allowed.

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of information provided in their application.

The closing date for applications is 27 April 2018 at 12:00pm (NOON). Interviews are expected to take place on 10 May 2018.   The successful candidate must be available to take up post by early June 2018.

The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer


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