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Computational Chemist/Computer Scientist

Lieu Göteborg, Comté de Västra Götaland, Suède Cambridge, Angleterre, Royaume-Uni Job ID R-142628 Date de publication 07/05/2022

Are you a Computational Chemist/Computer Scientist 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, welcome to join our AstraZeneca journey!

We are looking for a Computational Chemist/Computer Scientist to join us and be a part of the Hit Discovery department in Discovery Sciences. In this role you will get the opportunity to put a special focus on new technology development and application in the area of virtual chemistry and virtual screening. The role will either be based at AstraZeneca’s R&D site in Gothenburg, Sweden or in Cambridge, UK.

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

Thrive in a place where the brightest and most curious minds seamlessly come together in our inclusive environment.

What you’ll do:

in the role as Computational Chemist/Computer Scientist you will focus on the development and exploitation of novel computational and cheminformatics technology for use by medicinal and computational chemists across Discovery. You will also develop, apply and lead technology development and science in the field of Virtual Screening and Molecular Modelling 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 areas of computational chemistry that aligns with the Hit Discovery department mission is also included as responsibilities. The role holder will be a leader in the discipline and make significant contributions to the practical delivery of project goals and we expect you to be able to 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.

It’s also preferred to have the ability to identify new opportunities to impact and influence also outside own project responsibilities. You should also be able to work and collaborate in a multidisciplinary research matrix environment, providing scientific leadership and insights. And a good understanding of how the drug discovery process functions within discovery and how computational methods contribute to and influence projects is a plus.

Why AstraZeneca?
Join the team that follows the science unlike anywhere else. This is the place for curious minds. Dig deep into the biology of complex disease and uncover breakthroughs. Always advancing our scientific knowledge and helping to shape the future of healthcare for the greatest and swiftest impact on disease.

So, what’s next? If this sounds like your next challenge - apply today!

We look forward to get to know you better. Please send your application to us no later than 16th August.


For more information about the position please contact hiring manager Jens Sadowski at +46 31 7762850.


Additional information:

Our Gothenburg site: https://www.astrazeneca.com/our-science/gothenburg.html
Our Cambridge site: https://www.astrazeneca.com/our-company/our-locations/cambridge.html

About BioPharmaceuticals R&D: https://www.astrazeneca.com/r-d.html


NOTE - Due to our summer vacation period during July-August, the screening process may take a bit longer than usual. Thanks for your understanding and we will get back to you as soon as possible when we are back at work.



AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorisation and employment eligibility verification requirements.

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