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Computational Chemist/Computer Scientist

Lieu Göteborg, Comté de Västra Götaland, Suède Job ID R-086118 Date de publication 07/07/2020

Are you a Computational Chemist with an interest in the exploitation of virtual screening technology? Would you like to make use of your computational skills to provide expert advice and push the boundaries of science to make a change? If so, join our journey to develop and deliver novel medicines!

As our new Computational Chemist/Computer Scientist you will be a part of the Virtual Screening team within the Hit Discovery department in Discovery Sciences. The role has a special focus on new technology development and application in the area of virtual chemistry and virtual screening and you will be based at AstraZeneca’s R&D site in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Discovery Sciences is part of the global BioPharmaceuticals organisation and provides scientific support to early drug discovery across the global discovery portfolio. The Hit Discovery department is responsible for the discovery of novel chemical hits in three principal areas: High-throughput screening, DNA-encoded libraries, and Virtual Screening, augmented with automated chemistry and AI/machine learning.

Key elements in the role as Computational Chemist/Computer Scientist include the development and exploitation of novel computational and cheminformatics technology for use by medicinal and computational chemists across Discovery.

What you’ll do:

Develop, apply, and lead technology development and science in the field of Virtual Screening and Virtual Chemistry with a proven impact on projects through the development of tools that improve the hit identification and hit creation capabilities of computational and medicinal chemists.

To devise, champion and develop the scientific area of Virtual Screening and Virtual Chemistry that aligns with the Hit Discovery department mission. The role holder will be an authority in a particular scientific area, and lead from a perspective to make significant contributions to the practical delivery of project goals. You will provide expert advice and interpretation of complex data.

Essentials in the role:

  • PhD in the area of Computational Chemistry with several years of experience combined with profound technical skills like computer programming and systems design, or a degree in Computer Sciences with demonstrated additional knowledge and experiences in a relevant area of science, as chemistry, physics, or biology.
  • Demonstrated development experience with a variety of programming languages, tools, and technologies (e.g., Java, C++, Python/Ruby/Perl, SQL, or AWS).
  • Experience within a research-based scientific computing environment.
  • Experience of developing and maintaining relationships with 3rd party collaborators and software providers.
  • Excellent knowledge of modern computational chemistry/computer science methods and algorithms and its use in drug hunting projects.

Desirable in the role:

  • Good understanding of how the drug discovery process functions within discovery and how computational methods contribute to and influence projects
  • Strong time management and multitasking skills
  • Ability to identify new opportunities to impact and influence also outside own project responsibilities.
  • Ability to operate effectively in a multidisciplinary research matrix environment, providing scientific leadership and insights

If this sounds like the job and place for you to make a change - apply today!

We look forward to your application no later than August 14th, 2020.

More information
For more information about the position please contact: Jens Sadowski at

+46 31 7762850.

About AstraZeneca Gothenburg

Our stunning campus in Gothenburg is one of AstraZeneca’s three strategic science centers. The site is home to over 2,500 employees, from 50 different nationalities. Gothenburg includes the complete range of functions, and as such offers plenty of development opportunities for a wide range of professionals. Our science teams in Gothenburg collaborate with academic and industry partners in Sweden and globally. The site itself has been designed with collaboration in mind - from the Coffee Lab to exercise areas, we’ve built a series of environments where innovation can happen.

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