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Subject: 19.12.20 X-ray Crystallography Software Development (Postdoctoral Research Associate)
Job Title: 	Sustaining Innovation Postdoctoral Research Associate 
Project Title: 	X-ray Crystallography Software Development
Job refernce:   SI-M003 

Job Type: 3 Year Fixed Term Contract, 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.  
Successful collaborations have led to two launched oncology drugs (Kisqali partnered with
Novartis and BalversaTM partnered with Janssen). Astex continues to grow and focuses on Oncology
and Neurological Disorders.
						                            	 
The Astex Sustaining Innovation Postdoctoral research program has a track record of performing 
cutting-edge research and development and is a key element of our excellent scientific culture. 
During your SI Postdoc project you will be exposed to a multi-disciplinary pharma environment. 
You will benefit from our internal training seminars that will enhance your understanding of the
drug discovery process. As part of your career development, you will have the opportunity to present
your work within the company and at external meetings and youll be expected to publish your findings
in high-impact journals.

A postdoctoral position is available within the Molecular Sciences department to develop automated 
ligand docking guided by experimental electron density maps. The project will focus on improving the 
sensitivity, accuracy and scope of the methods and pipelines that we have available in-house for automated

small molecule ligand fitting into protein structures using electron density maps determined by X-ray crystallography. 
This will include developing new algorithms (potentially including AI), improving methods for fitting complex ligands 
and exploring the potential utility of methods for use with cryo-electron microscopy. Any new methods and/or pipeline 
will be benchmarked using publicly available datasets and a proprietary Astex data repository containing over 10000 
protein-ligand complexes.

Candidate Requirements 

	PhD in crystallography, structural biology, computing, or a related discipline 
	Good understanding of protein-ligand interactions
	Familiarity with ligand docking
	Experience with crystallographic computing is a plus
	Expert knowledge in Python
	Experience with artificial intelligence and cheminformatics is a plus
	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 competitive salary and benefits package.
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