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


Assistant to the Database Team – Summer Placement

The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre is looking for a full-time assistant to join their database group during the summer for 2-3 months.

The successful applicant will provide assistance to the Database Team and will be responsible for typing up legacy data into the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) as well as supporting others in work to create and improve the CSD.  High levels of accuracy and attention to detail are required and excellent numerical and communication skills would be an advantage. A solid working knowledge of standard word processing, e-mail and spreadsheet applications is also essential. Some chemical knowledge and an interest in science are required and ideally applicants should be studying for or have a degree in chemistry or the equivalent.

Applicants should send a CV and a covering letter to Petra Hales via For an informal chat about the position please contact 01223 336408.

Team Leader - Materials Science

We are looking to appoint a talented individual to lead CCDC’s Materials Science team and help to coordinate and advance a range of scientific projects. The successful candidate will be responsible for leading the team responsible for maintaining key scientific partnerships within the Pharmaceutical, Agrochemical and Petrochemical development sectors & academia worldwide. They will be part of the centres Operational Management Team, integrating the Materials Science vision within the organisations overall strategic framework.

Responsibilities include, but are not restricted to:

  • Leading a team of scientists, developing and executing the CCDC’s Materials Science strategy.
  • Providing expert input into the development of CSD-Materials that helps address the needs of the industrial and academic user base.
  • As a member of the Operational Management Team at CCDC, integrate the Materials Science vision within the overall CCDC strategic framework.
  • Managing the relationships with key partners, particularly in the Pharmaceutical and Agrochemical development sectors.
  • Ensure organisational awareness of key developments and opportunities in the Materials Sciences area.

The successful candidate will have a higher university degree or equivalent in biochemistry, physics or pharmacy, have at least 5 years’ experience working in the pharmaceutical or agrochemical development sector, and have experience successfully managing and leading a team.

Please see the full job description for further details on this position.

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV and a cover letter to Petra Hales via

Postdoctoral Fellow – Data Analytics and Solid-Form Informatics

A postdoctoral fellow is being taken on to assess and embed computational tools currently being developed at the Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC).  The role will be based 3 days a week at GSK Stevenage and 2 days a week at the CCDC in Cambridge. 

For further details or to apply for the position, please see:

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.

Research and Applications Scientist – Discovery, CCDC Americas

We are seeking an experienced Research and Applications Scientist to join our friendly Discovery Science team. The successful applicant will be involved in customer support and engagement, software testing, Python script writing, and assisting with Discovery-focused 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:

  • Working with the Discovery Science team to provide scientific support for users
  • Deliver and prepare scientific training materials on CCDC software for use in workshops and training courses for academic or 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 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
  • 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

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a chemistry or bio-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. While this is a home-based position, the Research and Applications Scientist will be an integral part of the US team, the UK-based Discovery Science team and the entire CCDC organization.

We are seeking an individual who is self-motivated, able to work remotely and collaborate with remote teams, able and willing to travel domestically and internationally and with excellent communication and presentation skills, with experience in writing reports and summarizing scientific findings clearly. Applicants must be legally able to work in the United States. 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 For further information on the position, please contact us on 01223 336408.

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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.