The scientists and software developers at the CCDC create and supply the database system storing all the world's published 3D structures of small molecule 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

Software Engineer - Web UI Specialist

The CCDC is looking for a Web Technologies specialist with solid experience of TypeScript and REACT to implement amazing user experiences to help researchers worldwide crack complex scientific problems. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the advancement of science in a meaningful way by designing intuitive and novel interfaces that will enable data and knowledge from our comprehensive database of 3D chemical crystal structures to be exploited in academic research and across various industries.

Working in a Scrum team, you will help to design, develop, release, enhance and maintain Web Applications at the CCDC and will support the adoption of modern web-based technologies, including Typescript and REACT. A highly developed understanding of all aspects of UI in software products, including both usability and accessibility, will be a decisive advantage.

For further details, please see the Job Description, which we can send you on application.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and covering letter to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.


UX-UI Designer

The CCDC is looking for a talented UX/UI designer to create amazing user experiences for software we develop to help researchers worldwide crack complex scientific problems. This is an opportunity for you to contribute to the advancement of science in a meaningful way by designing intuitive and novel interfaces that will enable data and knowledge from our comprehensive database of 3D chemical crystal structures to be exploited in academic research and across various industries.

We are looking for a team player who is able to extrapolate our user research into beautiful and intuitive interfaces. You will be challenged to design state of the art chemistry solutions alongside a team of highly skilled subject matter experts, software engineers and a UX researcher.

The successful candidate will work alongside CCDC's Software Development Team and our UX Product Owner to put in place design guidelines and processes that we can continue to work with seamlessly. We will expect the UI Designer to do a lot of information sharing and training of developers in-house. The UI Designer's responsibility will be to ensure that we have the capability to continue our progress with UI and UX Design on our future products.

Practically we will want experience in working alongside engineers who are developing our web products using technologies such as Typescript and REACT, as well as experience in developing a Design System for building a consistent, enterprise-level web framework.

For further details, please see the Job Description and Person Specification. To apply for this position, please send your CV and a covering letter to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.


Channel Manager

As CCDC embark on their transformation the Channel Manager will play a key role herein. In conjunction with the wider business development team it’s your role to win, maintain, and expand relationships with channel partners. The Channel Manager is responsible for achieving sales, profitability, and partner recruitment objectives.

The Channel manager position is an entirely new role for CCDC. It’s your chance to shape the role. Due to this you will need to be able to wear multiple hats and comfortable working independently.

Whilst we are in Cambridge, we work with global customers that include the worlds top 20 drug discovery business. This role could be described as a global position based from the UK.

Role responsibilities:

  • Build new distribution network
  • Establishes productive, professional relationships with key personnel in partner accounts
  • Coordinates the involvement of company personnel, including support, service, and management resources, in order to meet partner performance objectives and partners’ expectations
  • Meet assigned targets for profitable sales volume and strategic objectives in assigned partner accounts
  • Proactively assess, clarify, and validate partner needs on an ongoing basis.
  • Sells through partner organisations to end users in coordination with partner sales resources
  • Ensures partner compliance with partner agreements

Organisational alignment:

  • Reports to the VP Business Development
  • Enlists the support of sales specialists, implementation resources, service resources, and other sales and management resources as needed
  • Closely coordinates company executive involvement with partner and end-user customer management as appropriate
  • As this position develops it may have direct report staff assigned to support responsibilities

About you:

  • Degree in Science (Chemistry) or Technical disciplines or equivalent preferred
  • Understanding of pharmaceutical discovery and development preferred
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the R&D process
  • 5+ Years in a similar leadership/commercial role in a similar industry with demonstrable transferable skills
  • Sales / Channel / Distributor Management experience
  • Experience of working globally and working with colleagues and customers from diverse backgrounds & cultures.

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.

If you would like to apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Jonathan Reed via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.

CCDC will use any personal data sent to careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk for recruitment purposes and, should your application be successful for purposes connected with your employment.


Sales Development Representative 

The Inside Sales/Sales development Representative plays a key role in CCDC’s customer acquisition programme by identifying and engaging prospective customers for CCDC products and services. Your role here is to identify new companies in the CCDC sales universe that match our customer profile, identify buying influences within prospect companies and introduce qualified leads into the sales process.

Your success will be measured by number of sales qualified leads generated.

Now is exciting time for CCDC as we embark on our digital transformation and you’ll be part of that. You’ll be working with the wider sales and marketing team and we believe this position to be a gateway role.

Day to day duties will include:

  • Manage the prospecting and sales development process for prospective users globally
  • Research prospects needs and record market intelligence and lead information in the CRM system
  • Identify those prospects with a need for our solutions and pass sales qualified leads to the sales team
  • Meet targets for prospect engagement and generation of sales qualified leads. Is responsible for accurate forecasting and maintaining lead, customer details and up to date opportunity information in CRM database.
  • Establish and maintains strong, positive, productive relationships with prospective customer accounts including product end-users, management and purchasing contacts.
  • Flexibility to schedule work to support campaigns across multiple time zones (e.g. afternoon/evening for US or early morning for Far East)

About you:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Science (Chemistry) or Technical disciplines or equivalent required.
  • Understanding of pharmaceutical discovery and development preferred

Preferred Experiential Background:

  • Able to quickly grasp and master highly technical concepts and articulate them well to others.
  • Outstanding listening, verbal and written communication skills - articulate and quick thinking.
  • Team goal oriented with a focus on achieving team sales performance metrics.
  • Detail oriented and ability to focus in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proven successful sales experience with a technical (scientific software) product line a plus but other sales experience would be considered
  • Understands the value of the human voice – always ready to pick up the phone.

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.

If you would like to apply, please send your CV and covering letter to Jonathan Reed via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.

CCDC will use any personal data sent to careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk for recruitment purposes and, should your application be successful for purposes connected with your employment.


Research and Applications Scientist

The Research and Applications Scientist works with CCDC’s Discovery Science team on both science and software that is widely used by both high-profile industrial partners in the pharmaceutical and agrochemical industries as well as academic researchers and educators. The successful applicant will join the team in Cambridge, UK and engage in a wide range of duties from webinars and software testing, through to primary research and life-science consultancy services. There will be some international travel

Main Responsibilities include:

  • You will be working with the Discovery Science team provide, scientific support for users as is necessary to build a strong scientific relationship;
  • Obtain and maintain the required levels of scientific knowledge and expertise in CCDC’s products to be able to effectively perform the assigned scientific activities;
  • Working with the Product Managers and the software development teams, carry out scientific software testing, as well as writing scientific documentation, marketing literature and other promotional material as required;
  • Provide expert scientific user support externally, as well as internally collaborating with other CCDC staff as necessary to deliver positive outcomes for users;
  • Provide scientific advice and guidance, from a user-perspective, as a part of Agile software development processes on relevant projects;
  • Undertake strategic research projects in collaboration with the Discovery Science team and external partners to advance scientific understanding and to showcase the value of the CCDC software and science to our academic and industrial user communities;
  • On occasion, provide professional services to external companies to maximise the value of using CSD software and data to address scientific questions.

Initially you will be based remotely. However, longer term you’ll be working in a close team of 6 (including you). We are a friendly and collaborative team so there is an expectation you will be able to spend significant time in the Cambridge office, however we are able to offer flexibility and home working.

The ideal candidate:

  • PhD or equivalent in a chemistry related field
  • Proven knowledge of computational chemistry in drug discovery. A demonstrable interest in structural chemistry and the role of intermolecular interactions in protein-ligand systems.
  • Experience of using structure-based and ligand-based molecular modelling in the context of drug design
  • Experience of using initiative to drive forward research ideas
  • Experience of writing reports and summarizing scientific findings concisely and clearly

It will be essential you can demonstrate ongoing scientific project delivery. It would be great if you could write scripts in python, however there are 5 other team members proficient enough to train you. For further details on this position, please see the full Job Description and Person Specification.

To apply for the position, please send your CV and a covering letter to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.


Head of Operations

We are looking for a highly organised, driven individual to join us as Head of Operations. They will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operational activities of the organisation and managing a team that provides user support, buildings and facilities management, product management, project management and professional service delivery. Working closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Management Team, they will ensure the CCDC’s operations run smoothly and in keeping with our charitable aims.

Main duties include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the day-to-day operational activities of the CCDC with the direction of the Chief Executive Officer.
  • Providing leadership for the growth, delivery and execution of all professional services.
  • Running any building and facility projects and improvement plans and being responsible for the normal day-to-day running of the building/workplace.
  • Leading project management, ensuring all the internal work necessary to produce operational excellence is advancing including the delivery of CCDC’s digital transformation programme.
  • Leading and managing the Operations Management Team, chairing fortnightly meetings, allocating and monitoring actions.
  • Working with key internal and external parties to completely relaunch and build the CCDC’s new website inclusive of customer portals, automated support sections, and new and modern representations of all functions and their public facing materials.

The successful candidate will be educated to degree level or equivalent and be qualified in Project Management. They will have proven experience of working in a Head of Operations, Business Operations or similar leadership role and have excellent communication, organisational and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of Chemistry or Crystallography would be an advantage.

For more details on this opportunity, please see the full Job Description/Person Specification. If you would like to apply, 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.

Marketing Executive and Assistant to the General Manager

An opportunity to join the Global CCDC marketing team, the successful candidate’s primary responsibility will be to support marketing and operational activities across the enterprise, implementing the Company marketing plan globally, with a particular emphasis on U.S. based activities. As a secondary responsibility, candidate will assist the U.S. general manager with day to day business operational administration.

To be successful in this role, the job holder will want to pursue and develop a career in marketing and importantly should enjoy organizing conferences, developing digital media and expanding virtual engagement, but must be comfortable in creating and writing scientific content, with the support of our scientists. The job holder will be a proactive, detail-oriented, data-driven individual who is able to work autonomously and virtually and who enjoys a varied daily schedule.

This role is based in the USA, CCDC are flexible as to where you are located, the USA operation has run a successful virtual office for a number of years.

You need to be Degree Educated level or equivalent experience from a Science background with a passion for Sales and Marketing – we know you are out there, this is an amazing opportunity with a UK based company, currently in a period of intense growth and expansion.

To apply for this position, please send your CV and covering letter to careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk for the attention of Jane Temple.


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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.