Historian in Residence

EPIC The Museum of Irish Emigration, Dublin

Applications by: 17:00, 21 February 2020

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is currently seeking applications for the position of Historian-in-Residence. This exciting and unique residency will see the successful candidate conduct pioneering research in the field of Irish migration and diaspora studies, consistent with Government diaspora policy priorities.

Main Duties:

• Promote greater awareness and understanding of our shared history by researching and developing a series of physical and digital temporary exhibitions.

• Design and deliver a programme of workshops and lectures for an audience of varying ages.

• Publish reports on their research findings when requested.

• Provide material to DFAT missions for outreach to international and diaspora audiences.

• Utilise social media to promote their work.

• Carry out interviews with relevant media partners.

• Develop strong relationships with the global Irish community and facilitate greater diaspora engagement with the museum specifically and Ireland generally.

The successful candidate may also be required to conduct primary research overseas.


 Post-graduate degree in history, diasporic studies or a related field.

 Experience of project management and conducting research projects.

 Good knowledge of primary sources relating to Irish history, Irish emigration and the Irish diaspora.

 A proven ability to carry out high-quality research and produce publications, or other research outputs, in line with objectives agreed with museum management.

 Experience researching and drafting content for temporary exhibitions.

 Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

 Ability to promote interest and engagement in history and Irish emigration among a non-academic audience.

 Ability to plan, organise and lead a project, to work independently, and to work to deadlines, with flexibility around working hours.

 Ability to give presentations/talks to audiences of varying sizes, and to facilitate group discussions and workshops.

 Familiarity with social media platforms.

 Good ICT skills.

 The successful candidate will be subject to Garda vetting.

 Proficiency in foreign languages is desirable but not essential.

Terms and conditions of contract:

1. The successful candidate will be appointed on a contract for service and will not be an employee of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum. The duration of this project will be twelve months from date of appointment and will be a full time role at a fee of €46,000 per annum paid on receipt of monthly invoices as agreed.

2. The successful candidate may be required to work evenings and weekends as necessary.

3. Once appointed the successful candidate must register with the museum as a contractor.

4. The successful candidate may be required to be registered for VAT and will be required to provide a current tax clearance certificate. For further information visit

5. Payment to the successful candidate will be by electronic funds transfer.

6. All publications, reports, digital content, exhibitions and other outputs generated as part of the residency will be the property of EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which will own copyright in such outputs generated.

7. The candidate shall engage with EPIC and DFAT in developing their work programme.

How to Apply:

Applications for this contract for the position of historian-in-residence are now invited. Applicants should submit the following no later than 5pm, February 21st 2020:

1. CV, including the names and contact details of two referees.

2. A one-page covering letter outlining relevant experience and motivation for applying.

Canvassing by or on behalf of a candidate will disqualify the candidate. The museum reserves the right to shortlist candidates for interview. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum is an equal opportunities employer.

This project is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade through the Irish Abroad Unit.

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