More than one hundred jobs are to be created at a Science Foundation Ireland research centre in Limerick.

The jobs will come on stream over the next two years as part of a €47m investment.

The Confirm research centre is being led by the University of Limerick and is based at the Park Point site.

The site close to the UL campus has been empty for some years, but is now being upgraded as a result of this investment.

The Confirm SFI research centre is a consortium lead by UL, but also involves six other third level colleges including the Tyndall National Institute, LIT, UCC, CIT, NUIG, AIT, and Maynooth University.

97 of the 106 jobs will be senior research fellowship and post doctoral researcher roles, as well as seven project managers based across the colleges and two administrators. 

55 of the new appointees will be located directly in Limerick.

In addition the centre will recruit 87 PhD students to be based in Limerick and the other institutes.

The work of the new centre will focus on smart manufacturing and consumer driven mass customisation, and is supported by 42 industry partners including multinational technology  companies, as well as small and medium Irish companies.

Professor Conor McCarthy of UL who is Confirm Centre Director, said the work they will do there is "truly a game changer for Irish manufacturing competitiveness, and will position Ireland to play a leading role in the global smart manufacturing revolution."

Minister for Business and Enterprise Heather Humphreys said the centre will transform manufacturing in Ireland through the expertise of highly skilled researchers.

"This is one of five new research centres funded through Science Foundation Ireland, centres which are of critical importance to Ireland's economy," she said.