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Date: Tue Jun 21 11:36:33 2022
Subject: 22.06.21 Machine Learning - Senior Research Associate, Cambridge, UK
Who we are?

Astex Pharmaceuticals is a world leader in innovative drug discovery and 
development. The company has successfully applied its proprietary 
Fragment-Based Drug Discovery (FBDD) 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 Balversa partnered with Janssen). And to this day, Astex 
continues its relentless pursuit for innovative solutions that can help us in
the fight against cancer and CNS disorders

The Opportunity 
The data-rich setting underlying FBDD presents various opportunities where 
machine learning (ML) can have a transformational impact on the drug-design 
process. We are looking for an experienced ML researcher to join our 
data-science team and drive the development and integration of ML for 
generative and reaction modelling with virtual-screening technology that 
makes optimal use of FBDD data. The role encompasses both ML method design 
and deployment, building on our Astex culture of developing bespoke 
computational solutions that become part of our state-of-the-art drug 
discovery platform. The ideal candidate will be a computational chemist with 
a deep understanding of machine learning and statistical inference, or a 
computer scientist / machine learner with previous experience in 
chemistry-related domains.

Principal responsibilities 

Design and develop cutting-edge ML techniques for FBDD
Support the deployment and integration of ML into our drug-discovery platform (MLOps)
Engage with experimental and computational scientists to co-develop tomorrows  FBDD technology
Keep abreast of the latest technologies to identify new development opportunities
Connect with academic research groups and initiate collaborations


PhD in the natural sciences, computer science, maths, or related field
Significant research experience in academia or industry (postdoctoral or similar)
Track record in ML research (publications, conference contributions, etc.)
Excellent coding skills, ideally with experience in collaborating on large software projects
Great team working, written and verbal communication skills

Why Astex

We offer excellent training and career development opportunities as well 
as highly competitive salary and benefits package.  The company is situated
 2.5 miles from Cambridge City centre. Cambridge Science Park has onsite 
sports facilities and excellent transport links to London. At Astex we 
embrace diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building
an inclusive and diverse Company representing all backgrounds, harnessing 
industry-leading scientific innovation and behaviours.

Application Information 

To apply, please visit our recruitment website and submit your application
before the closing date.

The role closes on 31st July 2022

More information

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To apply, please visit our recruitment website and submit your application
before the closing date.
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