World-class software programme to be co-ordinated in Limerick

Lero Director Professor Brian Fitzgerald. Photo: Sean Curtin
Lero Director Professor Brian Fitzgerald. Photo: Sean Curtin

MINISTER of State at the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science Niall Collins TD formally launched the search for 16 world-class researchers to take up postdoctoral fellowships at Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland research centre for software.

Lero is affiliated with University of Limerick (UL), Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), along with other third level educational facilities countrywide, and the new postdoctoral programme will be co-ordinated by TUS.

“Lero’s fellowship programmes attract the best and brightest, serving as a magnet attracting top researchers to Limerick and Ireland. The fact that Lero, with its exceptional research reputation, has been granted this funding is a testament to its remarkable track record in cultivating and executing fellowship programmes,” Minister Collins said.

Minister Collins said the €2.9million investment in the SyMeCo (Systems, Methods, Context) research training programme, funded by Science Foundation Ireland and the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) COFUND programme, shows Ireland is playing a leading role in the development of best-in-class software expertise, facilitating responsible innovation focusing on privacy, trust, inclusion, and fairness.

Lero director Professor Brian Fitzgerald, of University of Limerick, said Lero and its partner universities and institutes of technology consistently demonstrate they have the ability and expertise to nurture and develop trailblazing software researchers as they now seek to recruit a fresh cohort of 16 postdoctoral fellowship researchers for the SyMeCo programme.

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“While SyMeCo will be coordinated here at Lero on the UL campus, fellowships will be available at Lero’s partner universities and institutes of technology. The programme will attract outstanding international researchers from the fields of computer science, software engineering, information systems, and human-computer interaction from around the globe and we look forward to welcoming them to Ireland and the Lero community,” Professor Fitzgerald continued.

Funding for the programme was secured earlier this year and applications will be accepted from July 3 until October 3.

Professor Norelee Kennedy, Vice President of Research at UL, said it is heartening that conversations are already underway with high-calibre candidates looking forward to coming to Limerick and Ireland.

“During their two-year fellowship, participants will work closely with some of Ireland’s top software researchers and engage in discipline-specific skills training to enhance their career development.

“Additionally, they will have access to a comprehensive array of courses meticulously designed to refine their transferable skills and broaden their employment prospects. We very much look forward to welcoming SyMeCo fellows here to University of Limerick,” Professor Kennedy added.

More information on the fellowships is available on