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Research and Applications Scientist

The Research and Applications Scientist works with CCDC’s Discovery Science team on both science and software that is widely used by both high-profile industrial partners in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries as well as academic researchers and educators.

The successful applicant will join the team in Cambridge, UK and engage in a wide range of duties from webinars and software testing, through to primary research and life-science consultancy services. There will be some international travel

Main Responsibilities include:

  • You will be working with the Discovery Science team provide, scientific support for users as is necessary to build a strong scientific relationship;
  • Obtain and maintain the required levels of scientific knowledge and expertise in CCDC’s products to be able to effectively perform the assigned scientific activities;
  • Working with the Product Managers and the software development teams, carry out scientific software testing, as well as writing scientific documentation, marketing literature and other promotional material as required;
  • Provide expert scientific user support externally, as well as internally collaborating with other CCDC staff as necessary to deliver positive outcomes for users;
  • Provide scientific advice and guidance, from a user-perspective, as a part of Agile software development processes on relevant projects;
  • Undertake strategic research projects in collaboration with the Discovery Science team and external partners to advance scientific understanding and to showcase the value of the CCDC software and science to our academic and industrial user communities;
  • On occasion, provide professional services to external companies to maximise the value of using CSD software and data to address scientific questions.

Initially you will be based remotely. However, longer term you’ll be working in a close team of 6 (including you). We are a friendly and collaborative team so there is an expectation you will be able to spend significant time in the Cambridge office, however we are able to offer flexibility and home working.

The ideal candidate:

  • PhD or equivalent in a chemistry related field
  • Proven knowledge of computational chemistry in drug discovery. A demonstrable interest in structural chemistry and the role of intermolecular interactions in protein-ligand systems.
  • Experience of using structure-based and ligand-based molecular modelling in the context of drug design
  • Experience of using initiative to drive forward research ideas
  • Experience of writing reports and summarizing scientific findings concisely and clearly

It will be essential you can demonstrate ongoing scientific project delivery. It would be great if you could write scripts in python, however there are 5 other team members proficient enough to train you. For further details on this position, please see the full job description and person specification as detailed on the careers page of our website.

To apply for the position, please send your CV and a covering letter to Petra Hales.