Cheminformatics Specialist

STFC - The Science and Technology Facilities Council - STFC Daresbury Laboratory

Fixed Term (3 years)

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology.

STFC’s Hartree Centre combines the UK’s premier data-centric computing environment with the world’s most talented researchers, engineers and software developers. With these tools and talent, combined with multi-million pound government backing, we provide an outcome-based collaborative R&D service that enables UK industry and academia to develop better products, services and processes.

About The Role

STFC have an opportunity for experienced Cheminformatics Specialists to participate in cutting-edge research across a range of chemical industry sectors. 

Working at a high specialist level, you will work on industry focused research agendas using cheminformatics techniques. As a Senior Specialist you will liaise closely with industry and academic partners to gather requirements, understand technical problems and deliver solutions to research problems. Beyond this you will participate in developing new collaborations with potential partners contributing to the overall mission of the Hartree Centre.

Your duties will include: 

  • Application of chem-informatics techniques to industry motivated themes
  • Development of new techniques and workflows
  • Working closely with Hartree Centre partners to gather user requirements
  • Presenting details of work carried out to interested parties
  • Publication of work where appropriate.

You will be expected to communicate effectively with a range of STFC staff and external partners. Occasional UK travel will be required to attend meetings, conferences and presentations (there is also the possibility of international travel).

About You

STFC are looking for enthusiastic Cheminformatics Specialists who have the skills to develop informatics based solutions for industry challenges. You will have a positive “can do” attitude and a proven track record of delivering efficient solutions.  You will be self-motivated and able to work with a variety of partners on a number of projects simultaneously.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required to collaborate effectively with people from diverse backgrounds, along with effective presentational skills to deliver to technical and non-technical audiences.

You should have demonstrable experience of applying cheminformatics techniques to real world programmes. It is essential that you are proficient in one or more scripting or programming languages (e.g., python, R).

A Physical Science Degree and PhD or equivalent experience is also essential for this position.

It would be beneficial if you have good knowledge of working with version control software e.g., Github and good knowledge of NoSQL databases (e.g., MongoDB).

Project management experience and experience of image processing is also desirable but not essential.


An exceptional index linked pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered.

Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages (

To Apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. Please also state where you saw this role advertised.

Applications are handled by UK SBS; to apply please visit our job board at Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

The closing date for applications is 24th September 2017.

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