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Subject: 17.10.16 Structural Scientist, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, UK

Structural Scientist, Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre, UK

Job Title: Structural Scientist
Group: Material Sciences Group
Salary Band: TBC
Reports to: Head of Material's Science

The CCDC is a non-profit research institute, dedicated to the advancement and promotion of the science of chemistry and crystallography for the public benefit. To fulfil this aim we have created a vibrant CCDC Materials Science team that works closely with a number of industrial partners, addressing formulation and solid form challenges through Solid State Structural Informatics and computational modelling methods. The successful applicant will join the team in Cambridge, engaged in R&D and working closely with our industrial partners.

Applicants will be expected to have knowledge of the Cambridge Structural Database and associated software and a strong understanding of structural chemistry. A PhD level scientist with experience of crystallography and crystal engineering will be particularly advantageous. In addition to the application of the structural informatics, the candidate will be expected to write scripts in python to advance and deliver the science. A collaborative role such as this will require good presentation skills, both written and oral, as well as a proven ability to deliver a programme of work on time.

Applicants should send a CV and a covering letter to Kirsty Day, HR Officer, CCDC, 12 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ, or via email to careers]^[ccdc.cam.ac.uk .

ROLE PURPOSE
The CCDC Materials Science team works closely with a number of industrial partners, addressing formulation and solid form challenges through Solid State Structural Informatics and computational modelling methods. The successful applicant will join the team in Cambridge, engage in R&D and working closely with our industrial partners.
In addition to the application of the structural informatics, the candidate will be expected to write scripts in python to advance and deliver the science. A collaborative role such as this will require good presentation skills, both written and oral, as well as a proven ability to deliver a programme of work on time.

MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supporting the Materials Science team with research and development activities
  • To be able to effectively perform assigned activities, for example, collating CSD-derived information for active drug candidates
  • Research and develop original methods for using CCDC products and data to benefit the optimal design of the solid forms of drug candidates.
  • Play a leading role in ensuring the development of streamlined methods for generating informatics data from the CSD tailored to the needs of the industrial partner through liaison with a software development team at CCDC and through scripting.
  • Prepare and submit research reports on work undertaken as required
  • Generate effective interactions with industrial partner scientists to establish and maintain the best methodologies for data sharing and report content
  • Handle information and data with the required level of security and confidentiality.
  • Support efforts to manage and maintain the day-to-day running of the partnership
  • Present and demonstrate results of work undertaken at internal meetings both at CCDC and at the industrial partner's facilities
  • Represent the industrial partner and CCDC at external events
  • On occasion, provide expert scientific user support, externally and internally collaborating with other members of the Group and with other CCDC staff as necessary
  • On occasion, take part in product testing, and in the preparation of documentation, marketing literature and promotional material.
  • Obtain and maintain the required levels of scientific knowledge a nd expertise in CCDC's products.

This job description and person specification are only an outline of the tasks and responsibilities required for the role. The job holder will carry out any other duties as may be reasonably be required by their line manager.

Candidate Profile/Person Specification Structural Scientist

Essential Desirable Method of assessment
Qualifications
Educated to a PhD level or equivalent E App + Int
Experience
You will have some experience in the majority of the following:
Experience of the Cambridge Structural Database System, data and software. E App + Int
Experience of assessing or investigating intermolecular interactions either with a view to understanding molecular packing or to engineering a particular motif or structure E App + Int
Experience of producing scripts in the Python programming language D App + Int
Experience of using initiative to drive forward research ideas D App + Int
Experience of writing reports and summarising scientific findings concisely and clearly E App + Int
Experience of analysing data for correlations and trends D App + Int
Experience of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and Powerpoint D App + Int
Personal Skills and Abilities
Ability to work independently and with initiative D App + Int
Good interpersonal skills D App + Int
Ability to work to deadlines E App + Int
A dedicated and self-motivated individual who is keen to learn new skills E App + Int
Effective at time management E App + Int
Ability to work in a team D App + Int
Knowledge
A demonstrable interest in structural chemistry and the role of intermolecular interactions in stabilising crystal lattices E App + Int
Disposition and Attributes
Excellent oral and written communications skills E App + Int
Inquisitive nature, interested in researching and developing structural informatics ideas and methods E App + Int
Flexible approach to work E App + Int

E Essential, D Desirable, Int Interview, App Application Form.


Please review the Job Description and Candidate Profile at CCDC site.
Deadline for applications is 31st October 2017.

For an informal chat about the position please contact 01223 336408

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