Bosch to create 30 Limerick jobs at new R&D operation

Automotive technology player Bosch is to establish a new Automotive Research and Development Centre in Limerick.

Bosch is creating 30 new jobs in Limerick at a new R&D centre that will focus on semiconductor and automotive electronics.

The vital importance of these components was highlighted this summer when a shortage of chips stalled the supply of new vehicles around the world.

“We’re very excited about the possibilities that this new facility will provide to us”

The location in Ireland’s Mid-West has a rich history in the design and development of semiconductor products, going back almost 50 years.

More recently the region is emerging as a hub for automotive software and system development.

The establishment of Bosch’s Automotive R&D Centre in Limerick recognises the increased demand for semiconductors as cars evolve to become sustainable, safer and more exciting.

“We’re very excited about the possibilities that this new facility will provide to us,” said Dr Oliver Wolst, senior vice-president in charge of Development of Integrated Circuits at Bosch.

“Bosch is a global leader when it comes to investment in research and development and this new facility in Ireland demonstrates our commitment to working with the best engineering talent to develop the most advanced technology for our customers.”

Engineering tomorrow’s cars

Initial development at the facility will include integrated circuits (IC) for 77GHz radar sensors, which has applications for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Collision Avoidance and Adaptive Cruise Control as well as radar technologies for automated driving.

“This is a great opportunity for the team whose background in integrated circuits, married with Bosch’s deep system level knowledge in automotive, can develop truly innovative and performance-optimised products to meet the needs of tomorrow’s cars”

“It’s very satisfying to see Bosch’s new R&D facility come online in Ireland,” said Mike Keaveney, Bosch radar architect and R&D Centre Limerick manager.

“This is a great opportunity for the team whose background in integrated circuits, married with Bosch’s deep system level knowledge in automotive, can develop truly innovative and performance-optimised products to meet the needs of tomorrow’s cars. Working with the talented engineers here, and the teams across Europe that we are now part of, is particularly rewarding. Our next focus is on growing the local team. There’s a lot of talent in and around the region and we’re looking to hire more engineers with the skillsets needed to develop state of the art integrated circuit products.”

Over the next two years, Bosch will be hiring IC Design and Layout, Radio Frequency Measurement/Evaluation, Software and Firmware Engineers. To explore opportunities at Bosch’s new facility in Limerick, visit https://careers.smartrecruiters.com/BoschGroup/uk

“The decision by Bosch to establish its automotive R&D centre in Limerick further enhances the region’s reputation as an emerging hub for software and automotive systems,” said IDA executive director Mary Buckley.

“It is also a strong endorsement of the talent available in the Mid-West region, particularly in the areas of engineering and design. With this announcement Bosch will be well-equipped to meet the growing demand for semiconductors in automation and I wish the company success with their operations here in Ireland.”

John Kennedy
Award-winning ThinkBusiness.ie editor John Kennedy is one of Ireland's most experienced business and technology journalists.