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

Admin Assistant to the Database Team – Deposition Coordinator (1 year fixed-term contract)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and organised administrator to join our database team on a 1 year fixed-term basis. The successful candidate will be responsible for contributing to the creation, maintenance and upgrading of the Cambridge Structural Database (CSD).

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Helping scientists worldwide to deposit and access structures in the database
  • Contributing to the searching of published journals for reports of crystal structures
  • Facilitate the preparation of data for subsequent processing by Scientific Editors
  • Matching up scientific publications with appropriate data and provide additional information as required.

The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail, good communication and numerical skills. They must be an adaptable team player as well as being able to work independently, and be competent using Microsoft packages such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint. An interest in science is an advantage but not essential. For further details, please see the full 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 prior to the closing date of Friday 30th August. For further details, 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.

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 careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk. 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.