Cheminformatician – Drug Discovery
Hoddesdon, UK
2d ago

We offer :

  • Vibrant and dynamic employment - we are a highly specialised, growth company operating in a critical sector of the economy - our future is strong and exciting
  • Opportunities to develop your skills and yourself - our rapid growth brings greater opportunities for you to learn and grow faster!
  • A great team where we all support each other - enjoy your work - after all you spend about a third of your time here!
  • Our Company : "We are a dynamic, fast-growing company, with an enviable reputation for leading edge science, offering contract research services to some of the world's leading pharmaceutical companies, solving what were believed to be unsolvable scientific challenges".

    We believe in our ability to relentlessly push forward the boundaries of scientific excellence, delivering solutions for our clients, always operating ethically and with integrity.

    We take pride in our professionalism and commitment to always deliver our very best work.

    We are based in Hertfordshire, in the town of Hoddesdon. The Hoddesdon campus, consisting of several purpose built scientific and administrative buildings together with a purpose built conference STE area has more than 5,000m2 of premier R&D space and houses an established Process Chemistry, Analytical Chemistry and Drug Discovery team, and a newly formed Formulation Development department.

    The Hoddesdon site has state-of-the-art Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standard facilities for the development of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API), formulation development and process chemistry.

    We offer our employees a highly supportive team-work environment, enabling them to develop and liberate their true potential.

    Pharmaron Drug Discovery

    The Drug Discovery department, based in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, UK provides world-class drug discovery leadership to our partners in the life-science industry.

    As trusted collaborators, and in synergy with the capabilities and resources of the global Pharmaron group, this multi-disciplinary science team delivers quality, small-molecule preclinical candidates across a diversity of therapeutic areas and routes of administration.

    The experienced Hoddesdon team provides leadership, strategy, molecular design and project oversight and, coupled with the deep expertise of Pharmaron worldwide platforms for experimental delivery, we have created a unique service model that has quickly gained traction within the industry.

    Job Title : Cheminformatician Drug Discovery

    Job Summary

    The Cheminformatician / Cheminformatics Data Scientist role will be responsible for maintaining database and software solutions for our drug discovery efforts as well as developing and implementing novel cheminformatic techniques and algorithms together with colleagues in the UK and across the world.

    You will contribute to a high performing cross-functional team that seeks to apply their knowledge to a diverse range of projects from Target Identification through Hit ID, Hit Expansion and Lead Optimisation right through to Candidate Selection and Development.

    Key Roles and Responsibilities :

  • Maintain database resources and associated software and configure as new projects, requirements and software capabilities emerge
  • Develop processes and customisable workflows that can be adapted and applied across the drug discovery portfolio.
  • Install and / or develop cheminformatics algorithms and implement research prototypes to test their impact on our client drug discovery projects.
  • Work with medicinal chemists and computational chemists and translate their feedback into algorithmic improvements.
  • Contribute to modelling work for drug discovery projects to which you are assigned in our portfolio working closely with medicinal and computational chemists, and the rest of the project team.
  • Play an integral role in efficiently and effectively transitioning projects from target identification into active drug discovery chemistry projects.
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with members of the Computational Chemistry, and the wider Drug Discovery groups to deliver company and client goals.
  • Some travel to Pharmaron sites in China and to partner sites will be required.
  • Qualification

    Essential Requirements :

  • PhD in Cheminformatics, Computational Chemistry, Molecular Modelling or a closely related field.
  • Strong in at least one programming language, preferably Python.
  • Strong and demonstrable programming and technical skills and familiar with open source and proprietary Chemoinformatics libraries e.
  • g. RDKit or other leading industry toolkits.

  • Experience with creating, querying and modifying database resources.
  • Evidence of input to Chemoinformatics and Computational Chemistry field of research, as demonstrated by appropriate papers, presentations, or code contributions to open source projects.
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to effectively contribute to multi-disciplinary scientific teams.
  • Desirable Skills :

  • Experience with software installation / maintenance / interactions in desktop and cloud environments.
  • A solid understanding of Cheminformatic / AI / ML approaches and their application to drug discovery projects
  • Experience with machine learning and major machine learning frameworks, especially in the context of cheminformatics.
  • Experience in commercial tools, such as those from Schrodinger, ChemAxon, Pipeline Pilot and KNIME.
  • Prior experience of drug discovery project support, such as implementing compound library design, QSAR, docking, virtual screening, molecular fragmentation, structure-based drug design, pharmacophore generation and analysis, or multi-parameter optimisation.
  • Capable of processing and deriving novel insights from large chemical data resources, e.g. ChEMBL, SureChEMBL, and PubChem.
  • Sufficient knowledge of medicinal chemistry to understand the bottlenecks in drug design and how cheminformatics can help solve these.
  • Experience with advanced data analysis techniques such as active learning or multi-parameter optimisation.
  • Why Should You Apply?

  • This is a great opportunity for someone like you possessing the core skills where you can broaden your professional skills and experience while spearheading efforts to bring novel technologies to Pharmaron.
  • You will be a highly valued member of our team, actively seek out new methods and science and have a real impact in a fast-growing and highly respected CRO striving to become the world leader in contract research services.

  • Build and shape your career in an environment that sets and commits to the highest standards of scientific research
  • To be part of a team who support each other, embrace and solve technical challenges and put excellence at the heart of all that we do
  • Pharmaron is a premier R&D service company supporting the life sciences industry. Founded in 2004, Pharmaron has invested in its people and facilities having established diverse drug R&D service capabilities, ranging from synthetic, medicinal and analytical chemistry, biology, DMPK, pharmacology, drug safety assessment, radiochemistry and isotopically labelled metabolism, chemical & pharmaceutical development to clinical development.

    With operations in China, US and UK staffed by over 15,000 employees, Pharmaron has an excellent track record in the delivery of R&D solutions to its partners in North America, Europe, Japan and China

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