Job Vacancy – Lead Project Officer Strategic Archaeological Research Frameworks (CLOSED)

The Discovery Programme: Centre for Archaeology Innovation Ireland is seeking applications to fill the post of Lead Project Officer, focusing on the development of a Strategic Archaeological Research Framework in Ireland.

Nature of Employment: This post will be fixed term and fixed purpose full-time post, for an initial period of two years, depending on funding (subject to successful completion of a six-month probationary period).

Salary: Starting at €42,422.00 per annum (pro rata) (Point 5 Archaeologist Scale 65175(3)).

Current Location: Merchants House, Merchants Quay, D08 K3KD, Ireland.

Reporting to: Chief Executive Officer or their nominee

Closing date for applications: 12 noon on Friday 07 October 2022

Expected employment start date: Preferably no later than 14 December 2022


The Lead Researcher will have a central role in the development of a Strategic Archaeological Research Framework for the island of Ireland. A schedule of key activities and stages for the project is set out below. The Lead Project Officer will build upon the outline set out by the Board of the Discovery Programme, maintaining important communication and connection with our key funders and stakeholders, reporting regularly to the Chief Executive Officer and working collaboratively with the wider Discovery Programme team.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills will be critical in this role, with the Lead Project Officer acting as a facilitator of conversations across and beyond the archaeological sector. They will need to be able to speak with authority, grounded in sound knowledge about the archaeological and cultural heritage research infrastructure that exists across the island of Ireland, with demonstrable knowledge about the archaeological resource of field monuments and artefacts collections that survive here.

The successful candidate will represent the Discovery Programme and will be expected to renew connections involved in archaeological research and to form new networks concerned with such research. The Lead Project Officer will also need to be familiar with the legislative and operational context in which archaeological research happens in Ireland. They will need to be able to demonstrate a general awareness about policy development and be ready to expand their academic and applied knowledge.

We are looking for someone who enjoys working with others, and who can work independently as required. They will need to be focused upon results while at the same time respecting and following instruction and processes that relate to their work. They will need to have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong organisation and time management skills;
  • Demonstration of successful project completion;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with others and as part of an interdisciplinary team;
  • Ability to prioritise workload;
  • Accuracy, attention to detail and honesty;

This post is supported through a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Monuments Service: Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

How to Apply

Applications must be made by submitting an email, with the following title ‘Lead Project Officer: Strategic Archaeological Research Frameworks ‘ entered into the subject field of the email, to no later than 12 noon on Friday 07 October 2022. Applications received after this time will not be accepted.

Attached to that email, applicants must include Application Form COM_2022_008, along with

  • A short cover letter / personal statement, no more than 500 words 12pt single spaced text, outlining why you wish to be considered for this post and why you believe your skills, experience and values meet the requirements of the position.
  • A comprehensive CV detailed as relevant to the position but to be no more than three pages in length. The first page of the CV should include a summary biography. NB: Please ensure that your CV does not include any personal information that is not relevant to the post being applied for.
  • Completion of the information fields set out on the application form.


Application Form

Candidate Information Pack