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

Sales Operations Administrator

An opportunity has arisen to join the CCDC’s Sales Operations team to support the business administration processes for the Centres user base.  This is an excellent development opportunity to join a growing technology organisation and get first-hand experience of sales and customer support.

The successful candidate will be responsible for:

  • Triaging all incoming enquiries within the timelines specified by the business and take ownership for responses relating to the Centres business transactions
  • Issuing basic pricing and general information to potential users and upgrades to current users
  • Supporting all sales activities generating quotations and licence agreements in support of sales.

Candidates must possess a confident working knowledge of Outlook, Word and Excel; familiarity with a business database would be an advantage. Good organisational and communications skills, a methodical approach to work and the ability to operate flexibly as part of a small team are essential.

The CCDC is an independent research organisation, partnered with the University of Cambridge. We compile the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD) and develop software applications in structural chemistry and molecular modelling.  Our products are distributed worldwide to both academic and industrial user communities.  Established in 1965, the CCDC employs around 75 staff. We offer an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary in a highly respected organisation.

Based in central Cambridge, you will be an integral part of the team from your first day and your personal contributions will be recognised. For further details, please see the Job Description and Person Specification.  To apply for the position, please send your CV and covering letter to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk


Python Software Developer

We offer an opportunity for an experienced Python developer to join our established development teams, based in Cambridge, UK.  Our friendly teams of Agile developers share responsibility for developing cross-platform scientific components, application programming interfaces, and graphical user interfaces on the browser and desktop.

You might be a graduate in Computer Science, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, or a similar numerate subject. You will have extensive experience of Python programming in a commercial environment, and you want to create solutions that have a real, tangible benefit at the cutting edge of the chemical sciences.

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.

We are actively seeking candidates with the following profile.

  • Experience delivering and maintaining commercial-quality software built with Python
  • Expertise in wrapping native code with Python
  • Knowledge of, or a willingness to learn, cross-platform development for Windows, Linux and macOS operating systems
  • A collaborative approach to work
  • Demonstrable experience of programming in a modern object-oriented language, ideally C++, will be a distinct advantage
  • An understanding of Chemistry and Crystallography is not essential but will also be an advantage

Based in central Cambridge, you will be an integral part of the team from your first day and your personal contributions 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. For further details, please see the Job Description and Person Specification. To apply for the position, please send your CV and covering letter 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.


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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.