Thrive Global, the behaviour change technology company founded by Arianna Huffington, is creating up to 40 jobs in Dublin as it opens a new engineering office in the city.

Thrive said it was attracted to Ireland by the country's strong tech talent and is aiming to hire up to 40 people across its product, engineering and design functions.

The company said it is offering a guaranteed flexible, hybrid work culture and is encouraging experienced engineers to apply for the new jobs.

Since its launch four and a half years ago, Thrive has helped employees at more than 100 companiess in over 40 countries adopt its "Microsteps", which are small, science-backed steps to help build healthy habits right away.

With the launch last year of its AI-powered behaviour change platform, the company said it has been able to broaden its impact dramatically.

The latest expansion comes just weeks after Thrive Global's $80m latest funding round, co-led by Kleiner Perkins and Owl Ventures.

"When we launched Thrive Global in 2016, the epidemic of stress and burnout was already global. No country has been immune. So our solutions have to be global as well," said Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of Thrive Global.

"As we expand our footprint around the world - with offices in New York, San Francisco, Athens, Bucharest, Melbourne and now Dublin - we're also expanding our reach and impact at a time when the hunger for solutions is stronger than ever," she added.

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said that events over the past year and a half have forced us to change the way we work.

He said the work of companies like Thrive will be instrumental in helping us identify and adapt to the new opportunities we will have once the pandemic is over.

"I'm especially happy to see that these new jobs will offer a flexible, hybrid work culture, something the Government is keen to see more of," Mr Varadkar added.

IDA Ireland Executive Director Mary Buckley said today's investment is a welcome addition to the country's strong base of tech companies scaling engineering capability in Ireland.

"Furthermore, it showcases Ireland's ability to attract international technology companies in the media, content and wellness arenas due to our ecosystem and availability of tech-based talent," she added.