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Senior Cheminformatics Developer

University of Dundee - Biological Sciences

Location: Dundee
Salary: £45,585 to £54,395 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd February 2024
Closes: 22nd March 2024
Job Ref: 3693

The DDU is a fully integrated “Biotech style” drug discovery organisation with cutting edge facilities (http://www.drugdiscovery.dundee.ac.uk).

We are passionate about tackling unmet medical need. We have two areas of activity: drug discovery for globally important neglected and emerging infectious diseases (including TB, malaria, coronaviruses), that affect millions of people across the world every year and Innovative Targets across a variety of different diseases. We work to BioPharma philosophy and standards, incorporating a dynamic, goal driven project management strategy based on Target Product Profiles and Compound Selection Criteria. Our team of 130 scientists, has extensive experience of all aspects of drug discovery gained within the BioPharma industry. Our exceptional skill set within a university enables us to work with major BioPharma and technology companies and world-class Life Sciences research partners, to improve how high-quality drug discovery is carried out for these diseases.

We are recruiting for a highly motivated and expert Senior Cheminformatics Developer to join our Computational Drug Discovery team. At grade 8 of the University pay scale (currently £45,585- £54,395), this is a high responsibility role that offers you the opportunity to shape code development for Computational Drug Discovery team and to contribute to the DDU drug discovery effort working collaboratively with medicinal chemists, DMPK scientists, structural biologists, biologists and biophysicists.

It provides an opportunity to:

  • be a part of a world-leading university-based drug discovery group.
  • develop cutting edge computational approaches and directly apply them to drug discovery.
  • contribute to delivering drug candidates that address major global diseases.

Your priorities will include:

  • Focus on the application of Machine Learning and AI generative approaches for drug discovery and in collaboration with the other Computational Chemists contribute to the further development of our compound optimisation platform.
  • Apply ML/AI to accelerate the evolution of drug discovery hits to leads and identify opportunity for further development and process optimisation.
  • Collaborate within interdisciplinary Discovery teams (internally and with external collaborators) to define project strategy, and drive execution.
  • Use timely decision making to ensure focus and delivery of key project objectives.
  • Promote high levels of productivity and urgency.

Who we’re looking for:

  • Highly motivated, self-directed individuals qualified with a PhD in Computational Chemistry, Cheminformatics or related subjects with a focus on ML/AI
  • Knowledge of concepts related to drug discovery and development – good understanding of current state of the art in DL/ML applied to drug discovery
  • Excellent knowledge of the python programming language, Linux OS, experience with git code repositories and FAIR data management.
  • Experience with common machine learning frameworks such as scikit-learn, PyTorch or Tensor Flow
  • Experience with HPC or cloud deployment
  • The ability to report, organize and publish research data suitable for external publication
  • Strong solution-oriented attitude, a spirit of innovation and a high motivation to learn

For further information on this position please contact Professor Mike Bodkin (MBodkin001@dundee.ac.uk)

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