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3M to create 100 jobs at new R&D tech hub in Dublin

24 Jun 2021

This will be the company’s first research and development centre focused on digital technology, and it is currently looking for engineers and data professionals.

Science-based manufacturer 3M is establishing a new research and development technical centre in Dublin, with plans to create more than 100 jobs over the next two to three years.

The new 3M Digital Science Community will be based on Cumberland Place in Dublin’s city centre. Here, the company will be looking for tech professionals to help it develop and deploy digital technologies.

Recruitment is now underway and new employees will work remotely until the centre is completed. Roles currently being advertised include AI engineer, software engineer, data architect and data scientist.

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US company 3M has had a presence in Ireland since 1975 and currently employs more than 500 people in Dublin and at its manufacturing facility in Athlone.

It creates products for industries such as automotive, construction, safety and healthcare. It is also the company behind consumer brands such as Post-it notes and Scotch tape.

Dr Michael Dolezal, vice-president of the 3M Digital Science Community, described Dublin as a “highly attractive location” for the new investment.

“You have the education ecosystem and experienced talent that we need to launch the company’s first research and development technical centre focused on digital technology,” he said.

“This centre is positioned to grow and optimise 3M’s global digital, data security and privacy operations, to accelerate deployment of cloud-based solutions and architectures, and to enhance research and development in artificial intelligence.”

The new centre in Dublin will work closely with 3M’s health information systems division, which provides integrated software and consulting services designed to improve the delivery of healthcare.

This division works with more than 8,000 healthcare organisations in 25 countries, and one of its areas of focus is using AI, clinical speech recognition and computer-assisted coding to accurately document patient encounters.

The investment is being supported by the Irish Government through IDA Ireland. The agency’s CEO, Martin Shanahan, said 3M is a leader within the healthcare IT market and its selection of Dublin for this investment is “very significant”.

“This investment communicates a strong message that Ireland is an ideal location for specialist skills and technology in the health-tech space.”

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD, added that it will be a “really welcome boost” for Dublin’s city centre at a time when businesses are reopening.

“The establishment of this new research and development centre will create 100 highly skilled jobs over the next two to three years and is further proof that Ireland is recognised as a global hub for leading technology innovators,” he said.

Sarah Harford
By Sarah Harford

Sarah Harford joined Silicon Republic as sub-editor in July 2019, coming from a background in business and tech journalism. When she’s not stressing out about spelling and grammar, she’s usually listening to Abba and arguing about the best way to make tea.

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