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Vacancy: Research Data Specialist, Digital Repository of Ireland

29 June 2017

Applications are invited for the position of Research Data Specialist, Digital Repository of Ireland for a12 month Special Purpose Contract

The Royal Irish Academy

The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann is a publicly funded institution established for the promotion of learning in the sciences and humanities throughout Ireland. The Academy was founded by Royal Charter in 1785. Membership is by election and is open to people who have attained distinction in scholarship as evidenced by their published work. At its inception the Academy had 88 members; now there are over 460, divided almost equally between the sciences and the humanities and social sciences. The Academy maintains a network of committees representing specialist disciplines; through these committees it represents Irish scholarship internationally. The Academy’s home is Academy House, a historic building in the centre of Dublin, which houses a library of international importance, provides a forum for academic conferences and accommodates the great majority of the Academy’s administrative, library and research staff.

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI)

DRI is the national trusted digital repository for Ireland's social and cultural data. 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 via the Department of Education and Skills. 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

Post Summary

The Research Data Specialist reports to the DRI Director, and will be based at the Digital Repository of Ireland, at the Royal Irish Academy. This is an exciting new post that will lead the planning, development, and delivery of research data management capacity in the DRI, and prepare the DRI to offer research data archiving and preservation to its stakeholders. This is a fixed term contract for 12 months, starting no later than 1st October 2017.

Key Duties

  • Leading and managing a project to specify the requirements for building research data preservation capacity in the DRI, including related workflows and policies.
  • Incorporating international best practices in research data management, and working closely with DRI staff across areas of expertise.
  • Collaborating on reports, articles, fact sheets and guidelines, and academic presentations.
  • Contributing more broadly to the ongoing development of the Digital Repository of Ireland via involvement in relevant taskforces and working groups.
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with organisations who may seek to deposit research data with DRI.
  • Actively contributing to grant and funding proposals for DRI leveraged projects.
  • Any other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications and Experience

  • Post graduate qualification in Library, Archival or Information Studies
  • Proven knowledge of metadata standards, workflows, and best practices in digital archiving
  • Expertise in one or more aspects of digital preservation, data curation, digital archiving,  research data management
  • Experience in managing a project from the initial scoping phase through to completion
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and work independently, while also working flexibly as a member of a cross-disciplinary team
  • Outstanding oral and written communications skills, with the ability and confidence to engage with project partners and stakeholders clearly and professionally
  • Evidence of strong organisational and self-motivational skills
  • Experience of working in a fast-paced environment and to deadlines

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • PhD in a relevant area, or advanced experience as an information professional, preferably working with digital collections across a range of domains, formats and standards.
  • Proven knowledge of metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, MODS, METS, EAD, TEI, DDI
  • Experience creating or managing Data Management Plans (DMPs)
  • A recognised Project Management qualification
  • Experience with Requirements Specifications
  • Familiarity with major funder requirements on research data management plans (current and upcoming, e.g. H2020, ERC, IRC, Wellcome Trust).
  • Knowledge of the evolving policy landscape in Ireland and Europe on research data preservation and sharing, including knowledge of Open Access, open data, open science.
  • Publications in peer reviewed journals relevant to the area

Salary:  The salary scale is an eight-point Senior Program Manager scale, from €43,300 - €57,599 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.

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


Monday to Thursday

9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m

with one hour for lunch


9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m

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.

Leave: 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.

Medical: 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.

Pension: Details of the appropriate pension scheme will be provided upon determination of appointee’s status.

Pension-Related Deduction: 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 MS Word or one PDF file) must be submitted by e-mail to  in the order as set out below:

  • A brief statement outlining how you meet the required and desired essential qualifications for the role, and how you would deliver the responsibilities to a high standard.
  • A curriculum vitae summarising your qualifications and relevant experience.

Applicants will be shortlisted on the basis of information provided in their application.  The closing date for applications is Monday, 24 July 2017 at 5pm. Interviews are expected to take place the week of 14th August 2017.

The Royal Irish Academy is an equal opportunities employer


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