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. We welcome speculative applications at any time, sent to careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.

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Current Vacancies

CCDC UK

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.


Sales Executive

We are looking to appoint a Sales Executive to support the company’s growth by securing sales for CCDC software and services in the UK and Europe. The Sales Executive will work within our growing Business Development team to develop new customer relationships and maintain contact with current users to increase the company’s turnover in line with agreed sales budgets.

Responsibilities include, but are not restricted to:

  • Identifying and contacting prospective users of CCDC software, identifying their use cases and demonstrating the relevant utility of the software in order to convert to user status
  • Negotiating software licence agreements with prospective and existing users
  • Effectively engaging with existing and potential users to promote additional sales and ensure account retention
  • Delivering presentations about CCDC software at prospective user sites, exhibitions and conferences
  • Understanding the market in which the company operates and identifying new markets for the company’s database, software and services

The successful candidate will have experience working across the entire sales cycle, be educated to a degree level in a biological or chemical science related field and have excellent negotiation and communication skills. The ideal candidate must also be willing to undertake international travel. For further details, please see the job description/person specification.

To apply for this position please send your full CV and cover letter, explaining what interests you about the role to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.


Marketing Manager

We are looking to appoint a marketing manager to work alongside the Director of Business Development and the SLMT (Senior Leadership Management Team) to propose and co-ordinate marketing strategies for the promotion of the company, whilst keeping with the charitable status of the organisation. The marketing manager will monitor and manage the marketing activities of the company, and establish appropriate operations to support the income growth, users and services of CCDC.

Responsibilities include, but are not restricted to:

  • Liaising with the Director of Business Development, the Product Manager and CEO to agree and establish a marketing strategy for the organisation
  • Help formulate, develop and implement the strategic plan of the company
  • Managing the CCDC Marketing department, ensuring positive interactions with other teams, CCDC users and external collaborators
  • Drive brand awareness in the company’s target markets, generate and manage new leads for the company’s products and service.
  • Lead promotional activities and marketing communications to engage with the company’s target audience

The successful applicant will be experienced in working in marketing and public relations, hold a professional qualification in marketing and be willing to travel regularly. For further details, please see the job description/person specification.

This is an exciting time to join the CCDC as it builds on its world-class status to enter into a new period of growth with current and new customers and partners globally. To apply for the position, please email your CV and cover letter detailing what appeals to you about the role to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.


Head of Science

We are looking to appoint a Head of Science.  This is a key appointment for the CCDC. The appointee will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer, the Materials Science and Discovery Science teams of the CCDC and other members of the Senior Leadership Management Team (SLMT) in order to provide management and direction for the science behind this growing not-for-profit and registered charity in the service of the scientific community and for public benefit.

The Head of Science will be accountable for the creation and delivery of the strategic, scientific vision and leadership in all aspects of the science for the organisation.   Liaising with Senior Leadership and Management Team members the Head of Science will:

  • Liaise with the Chief Executive Officer and the Board of Trustees to establish and agree on scientific policy
  • Formulate, develop and implement the scientific strategic plan of the company
  • Lead and manage the company’s scientific research and development work and to propose direction, as appropriate
  • Manage the CCDC scientific team, and to foster a team-based culture, ensuring positive interactions with other teams and with CCDC database and software users and external collaborators
  • Drive the scientific relationships with key partners
  • Maintain the CCDC’s strong place in the Scientific research community worldwide.

For more details about the position, please see the job description / person specification.

Applications which should include a covering letter detailing what appeals to you about the position and why you are interested, full educational details, employment history and the names of two referees, should be addressed to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk


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.

User Support Scientist

To support our growing user community throughout North America, we are seeking a User Support Scientist with a focus in structural and/or discovery chemistry to join the CCDC Americas team.  This individual will report to the General Manager of CCDC Inc and work closely with the Director of Business Development and the support team in the UK to provide both technical and scientific support for our users.  Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Providing support and training to the CCDC community via email, phone, video conference and on-site visits.
  • Recording and escalating bug reports and suggestions for product improvement
  • Identifying and delivering consultancy work for users in the Americas.
  • Representing the CCDC at conferences and meetings.
  • Working with IT support in the UK to provide technical assistance to other CCDC staff in the US.

For more details, please see the job description / person specification

The ideal candidate will have an M.S. or Ph.D. in chemistry, bio-chemistry or related field, with 3-5 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, drug discovery or computational chemistry industry.  S/he will be independently motivated with excellent presentation and communication skills.  S/he must be eligible to work in the United States and able to travel internationally.  This position is based in the U.S.


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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.