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Postdoctoral Data Scientist - AI in Drug Design
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Recruiter: The Beatson Institute
Listed on: 4th July
Location: Glasgow
Salary/Rate: £31,604 - £41,929
Salary Notes: Competitve
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: TBI854
Contact Name: The Beatson Institute

Postdoctoral Data Scientist - AI in Drug Design

Starting Salary from £31,604 to £41,929 depending on experience

Initial 3 year fixed term contract (with possibility of up to 2 year extension)

The Beatson Drug Discovery Unit (BDDU) is an integrated, industry-standard drug discovery group translating basic biology research from the Beatson Institute and other CRUK centres into medicines for the treatment of cancer.

Recently, deep generative models have become a very lively research field in drug design, their main aim is to create novel chemical compounds with desirable chemical and pharmacological properties using deep neural networks. Their evolution could open new frontiers for intelligent molecular generation and optimization. We are seeking to hire a postdoctoral data scientist who will apply these ground-breaking deep learning techniques to active drug discovery projects.


  • Design and implementation of deep learning architectures for drug design applications
  • Build state-of-the-art generative models (GANs, VAEs, RNNs+RL, etc.) to design new chemical entities with specified activity profiles
  • Applying developed generative/predictive models to active oncology projects

Essential qualifications and capabilities:

  • PhD in a relevant field
  • Programming experience with Python
  • Expert/Working knowledge of Keras, Tensorflow or similar ML frameworks
  • Excellent communication skills in both written and spoken English

Desirable skills:

  • Basic knowledge of cheminformatics and medicinal chemistry concepts
  • Familiar with the application of machine learning to drug discovery projects
  • Experience with DeepChem, Knime, RDkit, Pipeline Pilot

This is a fantastic opportunity to work within the AI applied to drug discovery/design field joining a world-leading cancer research organization with the goal of improving human health. In return, we offer an inspiring, supportive and multi-disciplinary environment in a state-of-the-art, purpose built laboratory in which to further enhance your skills and knowledge of structural sciences, biophysics, cancer biology and drug discovery, providing you with the opportunity to make a real difference to the lives of cancer patients.

All applications must be made via our website at:

 Closing date for applications is August 16th, 2019.

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