16 December 2016
16 January 2017
Position / level
Contract Type
Full Time



Inspired by the vision of the then Taoiseach and Minister for External Affairs, Éamon de Valera for the establishment of an institute to undertake world class academic research, the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) was founded in 1940 and is today an internationally renowned body, leading research in three disciplines: Theoretical Physics, Cosmic Physics and Celtic Studies.

DIAS is governed by a Council and the Boards of each of the three Schools. With over 60 staff, 30 scholars and an annual budget of circa €8m, DIAS sits within the remit of the Department of Education & Skills. It is an important and robust symbol of the value of basic research and scholarship and continues to present exciting programmes of fundamental research which are unique among Irish academic institutions.


The Registrar is the Secretary to the Council and to each of the three School Boards and the Chief Executive Officer. He/she advocates for basic research in targeted fora, works to shape and implement strategy, ensuring that DIAS is adaptive, while remaining true to its fundamental mission to support the promotion of Ireland’s basic research on the world stage.

Providing strong, executive leadership and working collaboratively with a range of external stakeholders the Registrar will also:
• manage the physical and operating environment within which world class academic researchers can collaborate and promote their research;
• manage the relationships with a wide range of external stakeholders to ensure the continuation of positive working relations;
• facilitate the inter Board and Council communications;
• be the Accounting Officer ensuring the highest standards of governance and financial probity.


The ideal candidate will have a background in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors, and an understanding of the work of academic research communities. He/she will be a leader who can mobilise while overseeing a strong, fit-for-purpose operating framework for DIAS.

His/her approach will be characterised by an empathy with the overall mission and vision of DIAS, the ability to influence, to quickly and accurately evaluate subtle and complex issues, to prioritise and to make sound judgement calls.

This is primarily a leadership role for a relationship driven, senior executive from the public, private or not-for-profit sectors. It is an outstanding opportunity for an individual to bring leadership and a collaborative approach with research leaders in an organisation that has and will continue to make a meaningful and lasting impact.


Candidates should email their curriculum vitae and cover letter outlining how they meet these requirements - click APPLY.

For further information, please contact Ellen Roche, Director,
Executive Search & Reward on +353 1 792 6703 or Caroline Keenan,
Senior Associate, Executive Search & Reward on +353 1 792 8443.

Closing date for applications is January 16th 2017.