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

Team Leader (Discovery Science Research & Development)

We are looking to appoint a talented individual to lead CCDC’s growing life sciences team. The candidate will lead the team responsible for maintaining key scientific relationships within the Pharmaceutical Discovery and Biotech sectors, informing the production and execution of the CSD-Discovery development roadmap. They will work with the team to maximise the value of the CSD through delivery of cutting-edge research and the generation of novel insights in the field of knowledge-based Discovery Science.

Responsibilities include, but are not restricted to:

-Leading a team of scientists, developing and executing the CCDC’s Discovery Science strategy.

-Providing expert input into the development of CSD-Discovery that delights the industrial and academic user base.

-As a member of the centre's Operations Management Team, integrate the Discovery Science vision within the overall CCDC strategic framework.

-Managing relationships with key partners, particularly in the Pharmaceutical and Biotech development sectors.

-Ensuring organisational awareness of key developments and opportunities in the Discovery/Life Sciences area.

The successful candidate will have a higher university degree or equivalent in chemistry, biochemistry, physics or pharmacy, have at least 5 years’ experience working within drug discovery, 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 careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk prior to the closing date of Wednesday 12th December 2018.


Team Leader (Materials Science Research & Development)

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 centre's 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 chemistry, 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 careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk prior to the closing date of Wednesday 12th December 2018.


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.


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.