The scientists and software developers at the CCDC create and supply the database system storing the world’s entire collection of the 3D structures of chemicals. This system is used by thousands of organisations in over 70 countries. We’re a professional organisation, established as a not-for-profit company and registered charity. Although independent, we are a University of Cambridge Partner Institute. We offer an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary in a lively and friendly organisation of around 70 staff worldwide.

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Current Vacancies

CCDC UK

Applications Scientist - Materials

Are you enthusiastic about solid-state science, intermolecular interactions and working with cutting-edge data-driven research methods on real-world industrial applications? The CCDC is seeking a Applications Scientist to join our growing Materials Science team in Cambridge, UK. This may be the role for you if you have a strong background in solid form analysis of molecular materials and a familiarity with using CSD data and tools to study interactions in the solid state. You should also have a familiarity with Python, or a similar scripting language, or have a strong desire to become adept at scripting using the CSD Python API.

Your main responsibilities in this role will be to work as a member of our Materials Science team in our UK office to provide exemplary support to our CSD-Materials user community; to perform solid-form assessment and design projects for our industry partners; to support our sales team by performing software demos; to prepare and deliver training materials and webinars; and to carry out scientific software testing.  You will be a self-motivated worker, able to prioritise and work effectively to deadlines, you will have excellent written and oral communication skills, and you will be able to travel internationally.

This is an entry-level Applications Scientist position, ideal for someone just completing a successful PhD program or postdoctoral role. You will have opportunities to learn from the highly experienced scientists in our Materials Science team, and you will be encouraged to learn and grow your skills and responsibilities as your career progresses. You will help support users of our well-respected research tools, contribute to the direction of our evolving scientific software, carry out strategic research projects and provide scientific insight to our industrial partners. For further details on this exciting opportunity, please see the job description and person specification

To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk. For further information on this position, please contact 01223 336408.


Research and Applications Scientist - Discovery

We are seeking an experienced Research and Applications Scientist to join our friendly Discovery Science team. The successful applicant will be involved in software testing, Python script writing, and undertaking primary research projects. They will be a strong communicator, providing expert scientific support and guidance to our users, preparing and delivering training materials.

Duties include, but are not restricted to:

  • In collaboration with the Discovery Science team and external partners, undertake strategic research projects to advance scientific understanding and to showcase the value of the CCDC software and science to our academic and industrial user communities
  • Provide scientific advice and guidance, from a user-perspective, as a part of Agile software development processes on relevant projects
  • Working with the Discovery Science team to provide scientific support for users
  • Working with the Product Managers and the software development teams to carry out scientific software testing, as well as writing scientific documentation, marketing literature and other promotional materials
  • Deliver and prepare scientific training materials on CCDC software for use in workshops and training courses for academic or industrial user communities

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a chemistry related field, have proven knowledge of computational chemistry in drug discovery, and have experience of using structure-based and ligand-based molecular modelling in the context of drug design. We are seeking an individual with excellent communication and presentation skills, with experience in writing reports and summarising scientific findings clearly. For further details, please see the full job description and person specification.

To apply for this position, please email your full CV and cover letter to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk. For further information on the position, please contact us on 01223 336408.


Cheminformatics Data Scientist

We are offering an exciting opportunity for a creative and motivated individual to join our Discovery Science team as a Cheminformatics Data Scientist. The successful applicant will be responsible for supporting our Cheminformatics research and development of new methods and tools.

Duties include, but are not restricted to:

  • Sharing the latest Cheminformatics and Computational Chemistry research trends and developments across the team, analysing them for potential benefits to our platform and identifying novel research and application opportunities
  • Executing Cheminformatics work with a high level of proactivity
  • Working with the Discovery Science team to provide scientific support for users as is necessary
  • Meeting with the user community to understand their scientific and technical challenges and identify where data science can best impact
  • Preparing scientific training materials on CCDC software to deliver in workshops and training courses for academic or industrial user communities

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in Cheminformatics, computational chemistry or a related field, and have significant experience in Python scripting, workflow applications and data analytics software. We are seeking a confident communicator, who can successfully deliver training materials and presentations externally and interact with our users to better understand their needs. For full details, please see the job description and person specification.

To apply for the position, please email your full CV and cover letter to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk. For further details, please contact 01223 336408.


Junior .Net Software Developer (two positions)

We offer an opportunity for enthusiastic, versatile programmers to join our established development teams, based in Cambridge, UK.  Our friendly teams of Agile developers share responsibility for developing C# library code, application programming interfaces, web services and graphical user interfaces on the browser and server-side code.  If you aspire to success as a software engineer, this may be the role for you.

You might be a Junior software developer looking to broaden and deepen your knowledge through exposure to cutting-edge .Net technologies and approaches. You will have a passion for learning, and you want to create solutions that have a real, tangible benefit at the cutting edge of science.

The CCDC is a collaborative and supportive environment through which its scientists and software developers create and supply the database system storing the world’s collection of 3D structures of chemicals. This system is used by thousands of organisations in over 70 countries. We are a professional organisation, established as a not-for-profit company and registered charity. Although independent, we are a University of Cambridge Partner Institute. We offer an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary in a highly respected and growing organisation.

The teams already consist of developers with a wide variety of skills with backgrounds in computer science and industry experience. We welcome people from all backgrounds, with a desire to work on cutting edge technologies around science, business and community requirements.

We are actively seeking candidates with the following profile.

  • Demonstrable experience of programming in a .Net CLI language, ideally C#
  • Knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, development of software for Windows Server, Web Services and APIs
  • Great academic credentials or equivalent practical experience
  • Eager to learn, and passionate about pursuing a career as a Software Developer
  • A collaborative approach to work

Based in central Cambridge, you will be an integral part of the team from your first day and your personal contribution will be recognised and rewarded. You will help create software that you can be proud of, supporting the output of cutting-edge science from the centre as well as supporting the wider community and internal business systems. You will be mentored and have opportunities to learn from highly skilled and experienced software developers. We will encourage your professional development, with ample opportunities for steadily increasing your responsibilities as your career progresses. For further details on this exciting opportunity, please see the job description and person specification.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and cover letter to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk. For further information on this position, please contact 01223 336408. 


Graduate C++/Python Scientific Software Developer (two positions)

We offer an opportunity for enthusiastic, versatile programmers to join our established development teams, based in Cambridge, UK.  Our friendly teams of Agile developers share responsibility for developing cross-platform C++ library code, application programming interfaces, and graphical user interfaces on the browser, desktop and server.  If you aspire to success as a software engineer, this may be the role for you.

You might be a recent graduate in Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, or a similar numerate subject. You might be working as a research software engineer or a post doc. You will have a passion for learning, and you want to create solutions that have a real, tangible benefit at the cutting edge of science.

The CCDC is a collaborative and supportive environment through which its scientists and software developers create and supply the database system storing the world’s collection of 3D structures of chemicals. This system is used by thousands of organisations in over 70 countries. We are a professional organisation, established as a not-for-profit company and registered charity. Although independent, we are a University of Cambridge Partner Institute. We offer an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary in a highly respected and growing organisation.

The teams already consist of graduates and postdocs, from the leading universities around the world, with backgrounds in chemistry, physical sciences, and computer science. We welcome people from all backgrounds, with a desire to work on mathematical algorithms, data science, 3D visualisation in a complex but engaging field.

We are actively seeking candidates with the following profile.

  • Demonstrable experience of programming in a modern object-oriented language, ideally C++
  • Knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, development of software for Windows, Linux and macOS operating systems
  • Great academic credentials or equivalent practical experience
  • Eager to learn, and passionate about pursuing a career as a Software Engineer
  • A collaborative approach to work

Based in central Cambridge, you will be an integral part of the team from your first day and your personal contribution will be recognised. You will help create software that you can be proud of, supporting the output of cutting-edge science from universities and research centres around the world. You will be mentored and have opportunities to learn from highly skilled and experienced software engineers. We will encourage your professional development, with ample opportunities for steadily increasing your responsibilities as your career progresses. For further details on this exciting opportunity, please see the job description and person specification.

To apply for the position, please send your CV and cover letter to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk. For further information on this position, please contact 01223 336408. 


Software Engineer – UI/UX Specialist: Permanent or 1 Year contracts

Due to expansion of our development efforts, we are looking for a Software Engineer to join our development teams, based in Cambridge, UK.  Our friendly, supportive teams of Agile developers share responsibility for developing cross-platform C++ library code, application programming interfaces, and graphical user interfaces on the browser, desktop and server.

We seek a versatile UI/UX specialist software engineer to work with a variety of platforms (Windows, Linux, macOS, Web). A proven understanding of software usability and accessibility is essential for this role.  Familiarity with Python or Qt5 would be an advantage.

We are looking for an individual who can promote the adoption of best practise, driving confidence in the quality of our products.

The successful candidate will have either extensive experience of delivering commercial software in an Agile environment, or excellent academic credentials coupled with a desire to contribute to the release of exceptional scientific software. The ability to contribute to both scientific and technical discussions will be decisive. For further details, please see the job description and person specification.

We are also delighted to receive speculative CVs from candidates with proven expertise in any of the following skills coupled with a desire to promote the state-of-the-art in Chemistry and Crystallography data:

Python, Commercial development of scientific software, C++, C#/.Net

Applications, including full educational details, employment history and the names of two referees, should be addressed to Petra Hales via email to careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk. For further information about the positions please contact 01223 336408.


Software Engineer – Database Technologies Specialist: Permanent or 1 Year contracts

Due to expansion of our development efforts, we are looking for a database technologies specialist software engineer to join our development teams, based in Cambridge, UK.  Our friendly, supportive teams of Agile developers share responsibility for developing cross-platform C++ library code, application programming interfaces, and graphical user interfaces on the browser, desktop and server.

The successful candidate will offer a demonstratable understanding of data models, including but not limited to the relational model. They will have a deep understanding of all aspects of database lifecycle management. Familiarity with a variety of database technologies is essential, and specific experience with SQLite, MariaDB, and MS SQL server would be a distinct advantage.

A scientific background is highly desirable but not essential. We are looking for an individual who can promote the adoption of best practise, improving data handling efficiency, and drive confidence in the quality of our products. For further details, please see the job description and person specification.

We are also delighted to receive speculative CVs from candidates with proven expertise in any of the following skills coupled with a desire to promote the state-of-the-art in Chemistry and Crystallography data:

Python, Commercial development of scientific software, C++, C#/.Net

Applications, including full educational details, employment history and the names of two referees, should be addressed to Petra Hales via email to careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk. For further information about the positions please contact 01223 336408.


CCDC Americas

The CCDC has, for many years, served the world’s communities of academic and industrial structural scientists by producing and supplying the authoritative, comprehensive crystallographic data resource – the Cambridge Structural Database (the CSD) – and associated molecular modelling applications, such as GOLD. The CCDC has established operations in the U.S. in order to provide a more local service to our users in the Americas.

Applications Scientist - Materials Science

Do you have a passion for unravelling the mysteries of solid-state interactions of small molecule materials and helping explain these phenomena to others?  The CCDC is seeking a Materials Science Applications Scientist to join our team in the US, to support our growing user community in North America.   This may be the role for you if you have a strong background in solid form analysis of small molecule compounds and a familiarity with using CSD data and tools to study interactions in the solid state.  You should also have a familiarity with Python or similar scripting languages or have the willingness to become adept at scripting against our Python-based API.

Your main responsibilities in this role will be to collaborate with the Materials Science team in our UK office to provide exemplary support to our CSD-Materials user community throughout North America; to perform solid-form assessment and design projects for our industry partners; to support our sales team by performing software demos; to prepare and deliver training materials and webinars; and to carry out scientific software testing.  You will be a self-motivated worker, able to work remotely and collaborate with remote teams, you will have excellent written and oral communication skills, and you will be able to travel internationally.

This is a junior level position, ideal for someone just exiting a successful post-doc or Ph.D. program.  While this position is home-based, you will be an integral part of the US team and the entire CCDC organization.  You will help support users of our well-respected research tools and provide scientific insight to our industrial partners.  You will have opportunities to learn from the experienced scientists on our Materials Science team, and you will be encouraged to learn and grow your skills and responsibilities as your career progresses.  You must be legally able to work in the United States.    For further details about this opportunity, please see the job description and person specification.

To apply for this position please send your CV and cover letter to Petra Hales via careers-NJ@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.


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CCDC PhD Studentships

Thank you for your interest in the CCDC.  We don't have any open PhD studentships at this time, however, please check this webpage regularly as it will be updated as opportunities arise.