2 Scientific Software Developers (Ref SD/1218)

2 Scientific Software Developers (Ref SD/1218)

Astex Pharmaceuticals Limited

Cambridge, East of England, United Kingdom

Job Title: 2 Scientific Software Developers (Ref SD/1218)

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Cambridge, UK

Astex Pharmaceuticals is a world leader in innovative drug discovery and development. The company has successfully applied its proprietary Fragment-Based Drug Discovery platform to generate multiple new drug candidates that are progressing in clinical development. Astex continues to grow and focuses on Oncology and Neurological Disorders.


Astex have a strong culture of developing bespoke software to support our fragment-based drug discovery platform. The role offers a range of opportunities to develop scientific software in the structure-based drug design (SBDD) and cheminformatics areas, using state-of-the art technologies including the application of artificial intelligence. The ideal candidate will be a computational chemist or biologist with an aptitude for software development, or a computer scientist with experience of working in a chemistry and/or structural biology related discipline. The applicant will have a keen interest in developing web applications.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Design and develop bespoke SBDD and cheminformatics web applications
  • Keep abreast of the latest technologies to identify new opportunities
  • Promote close interactions across multidisciplinary groups
  • Collaborate with biologists, structural biologists, chemists and software developers
  • Iteratively develop tools and methods on the basis of feedback from in-house users
  • Provide informatics support for drug discovery programs

Skills and Experience Required

  • Degree in chemistry, biology, computer science or related field
  • Proven software development experience working in industry or an equivalent academic setting
  • Expert knowledge in Python and at least one other language: Perl, Java, C++, Javascript
  • Experience with relational databases e.g. Oracle, MySQL
  • Experience with full stack web development
  • Familiarity with common software development tools and practices (version control, testing, etc.)
  • Excellent team working, written and verbal communication skills

We offer excellent training and career development opportunities as well as a highly competitive salary and benefits package. To apply, please send your CV and a cover letter quoting the job reference: SD/1218 to HR.UK@astx.com

We are recruiting for a number of roles some are permanent and some are for 2-3 year fixed term contracts depending on qualifications and experience

For information on Astex Pharmaceuticals please visit: www.astx.com and for information on Otsuka Pharmaceuticals please visit: www.otsuka.co.jp


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2 Scientific Software Developers (Ref SD/1218)