THERE are 225 jobs on the way for Limerick with the announcement this week of the €52 million science and engineering initiative at the University of Limerick,.
‘The Bernal Project’ will make a significant contribution to Ireland’s national research initiatives in the areas of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Energy Research and Development.
The project involves the recruitment of 10 world leading professors, a start-up seed fund to support their teaching and research activity and the construction of a new advanced research building on campus.
The University of Limerick Foundation has committed to providing €36million in philanthropic funding for this project primarily from the Atlantic Philanthropies, the project’s main sponsor to date with a commitment of €26.3million. The balance will come from state funding and University funds.
150 construction jobs will be created in building the new building with a further 75 long-term, sustainable research and teaching positions, amounting to a total of 225 jobs being created by the Bernal Project. The Bernal Laboratory will house fully-equipped laboratory facilities in a 7,459m2 building. The building project has begun with completion envisaged by 2015.