A leading Irish research centre has put job creation at the top of its strategic plan along with the opening of spin-out companies and attracting non-exchequer research funding.

The institute hopes to create at least 500 jobs over the five years covered by its new strategic plan which covers 2013 through 2018. It has also set a target of attracting €20 million in non-State research support each year during the life of the plan.

Tyndall specialises in research into information and computer technology, particularly the development of new materials and advanced electronics. It plans to expand this remit by joining with other sectors including agriculture, health, medical devices and other areas to bring the “smart” technology inherent in ICT to others that can benefit from it, said its chief executive officer Dr Kieran Drain ahead of the launch in Dublin.