The scientists and software developers at the CCDC create and supply the database system storing the world’s entire collection of the 3D structures of chemicals. This system is used by thousands of organisations in over 70 countries. We’re a professional organisation, established as a not-for-profit company and registered charity. Although independent, we are a University of Cambridge Partner Institute. We offer an excellent benefits package and a competitive salary in a lively and friendly organisation of around 70 staff worldwide. We welcome speculative applications at any time, sent to

Current Vacancies


Executive Director

The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) a not-for-profit and educational charity is a world-renowned centre of structural chemistry excellence, producing a range of software that provide access to and understanding of, the world's largest repository of crystallographic structures.

With over 50 years of experience in solid form chemistry, the organisation is now seeking a new leader for the organisation of 60+ scientists and software developers based in Cambridge, UK.

The role

This key appointment will report to the Board of Trustees of the CCDC with accountability for the scientific, strategic and financial leadership of the company. Involving the management of scientific, software and supporting teams to deliver the CCDC's charitable purpose to its user community, it will require regular interaction with international stakeholders to ensure an outward focussed and collaborative relationship.

What we are looking for 

This role requires a candidate who is not just passionate about solid-state science but is able to communicate their vision convincingly to both colleagues and the scientific community at all levels. Ideally, the successful candidate will have a demonstrable record of management at senior level in a related scientific field, with an international reputation, together with a sound understanding of the financial imperatives needed to ensure sustainability of the organisation for the long term.

What we offer

Based in Cambridge, UK in our purpose-built offices working collegiately alongside exceptionally talented scientists and software developers, the role provides the opportunity to advance science for the public benefit.

Our collaborative approach is highly regarded by both our academic and industrial users, offering the opportunity for the appointee to grow their scientific reputation alongside that of the CCDC.

The salary will be at a competitive level for the ideal candidate, with 35 days annual leave and a generous pension scheme.

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter to Maggie Brown, HR Manager, via email to Here is the Job Description and Candidate Profile. For further information about the position please contact 01223 336408.

Closing date: 14th January 2018

Management Accountant

This role is to provide timely and accurate financial information to the senior management team.  The individual will prepare monthly management accounts and monthly cash flow forecast.  They will assist in the preparation of forecasts, annual budgets and work with key stakeholders.

Applicants should send a CV and a covering letter to Kirsty Day, HR Officer, CCDC, 12 Union Road, Cambridge CB2 1EZ, or via email to Here is the Job Description and Candidate Profile.  To note this is a fixed term contract position for one year and may be a part-time position (around 25 hours per week).

Closing date: Tuesday 28th November 2017

For an informal chat about the position please contact 01223 336408 

Registered Charity No 800579  STRICTLY NO AGENCIES  

CCDC North America

The CCDC has for many years served the world’s communities of academic and industrial research chemists, by producing and supplying the authoritative, comprehensive crystallographic data resource – the Cambridge Structural Database (The CSD) – and associated molecular modeling applications, such as GOLD. The CCDC has now established operations on the Rutgers campus in New Jersey, to provide a more local service to our users in North America. 

Registered Charity No 800579


CCDC PhD Studentships

Thank you for your interest in the CCDC.  We don't have any open PhD studentships at this time, however, please check this webpage regularly as it will be updated as opportunities arise.