The former Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has announced he will be starting a new position as an Adjunct Full Professor at University College Dublin.

He will be an Adjunct Full Professor of Public Health at the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences.

UCD said adjunct titles are honours bestowed to individuals whose appointment to the university will "enhance the teaching or research profile of a School, Research Institute or College and contribute to the intellectual life of the university".

UCD welcomed the appointment of Dr Holohan as someone of a "very high calibre" with experience in the field of public health.

Professor Cecily Kelleher, Principal of the UCD College of Health and Agricultural Sciences, said: "I am delighted to announce that outgoing Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan has taken up a five year appointment as Adjunct Full Professor at UCD, affiliated to the College of Health and Agricultural Sciences.

"I welcome Tony to his new role and am delighted that a figure of his calibre and standing will be contributing to our research and educational programmes and trust the collaborations he will forge will have a positive impact on public health policy into the future."

UCD said there is no salary attached to the position.

In March, it was announced that Dr Holohan would stand down as Chief Medical Officer to take up the position of Professor of Public Health Strategy and Leadership at Trinity College Dublin.

Controversy developed when it emerged that it was an open-ended secondment which the Department of Health would fund at the outgoing CMO's annual salary.

In April, Dr Holohan said he would no longer take that position and announced his resignation as Chief Medical Officer from 1 July.