Computational Chemist

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Grade 7 (£32,817 – £40,322)

Closing date: 15 February 2020

The DDU Computational Chemistry Team is looking for a highly motivated Computational Chemist.
The successful candidate will work as part of our multi-disciplinary drug discovery teams contributing to compound design from the hit discovery process to lead optimisation. Together with the other Computational Chemists will also drive the development of computational methods for compounds optimisation.

The post is available immediately. Starting salary from £32,817 to £40,322 depending on experience. A relocation allowance is available.

Necessary skills and experience

  • Highly motivated, self-directed individuals professionally qualified with a PhD in computational chemistry, bio/cheminformatics, or a related topic.
  • Strong scientific background with an understanding of the Drug Discovery process
  • Experience in both structure-based and ligand-based drug discovery
  • A sound knowledge of commercial molecular modelling software (e.g. Schrodinger-LiveDesign), data visualisation (e.g. Vortex) and pipelining tools (e.g. PipelinePilot, Knime)
  • Ability to work independently, and in close collaboration with discovery scientists as part of a team
  • Good time management, organizational and communication skills.
  •  Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills


Desirable Experience

  • Excellent knowledge in at least one programming or scripting language (Python, Perl, Java, R and R-Shiny)
  • Experience in the creation of data workflows as well as data analysis and interpretation.
  • Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Dynamics in drug discovery
  • Exposure to drug discovery projects


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