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

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Current Vacancies


Scientific Software Developer - 1 Year Fixed-Term Contract

As part of our contributions to a large-scale project on pharmaceutical development and manufacture we are looking for a Software Engineer to join our Materials Science development team, based in Cambridge, UK, to help us to:

  • Develop emerging scientific methods into robust software tools
  • Integrate existing tools into the CCDC’s software portfolio

We seek a versatile software engineer to work with our teams of Agile developers, using a variety of technologies. Proven experience in professional, cross-platform, object-oriented C++ development is essential for this role.

Experience in any of the following would be an advantage: working on GUI design and User Experience; the Qt Application Framework; Agile development methodologies; Python. Experience of applying these technologies in the field of structural chemistry would be a distinct advantage.

This position requires a higher education qualification in science or software development or equivalent experience. For further information on the position, please see the job description and person specification.

Applications, which should include a covering letter detailing what appeals to you about the position and why you are interested, full educational details and employment history, should be addressed to Maggie Brown, HR manager via

Previous applicants need not apply.

CCDC Americas

The CCDC has, for many years, served the world’s communities of academic and industrial structural scientists by producing and supplying the authoritative, comprehensive crystallographic data resource – the Cambridge Structural Database (the CSD) – and associated molecular modelling applications, such as GOLD. The CCDC has established operations in the U.S. in order to provide a more local service to our users in the Americas.

User Applications Scientist

To support our growing user community throughout North America, we are seeking a User Application Scientist with a focus in life sciences and drug discovery to join the CCDC Americas team.  This individual will report to the General Manager of CCDC Inc. and work closely with the Director of Business Development and the support team in the UK to provide both technical and scientific support for our users.  Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Providing support and training to the CCDC community via email, phone, video conference and on-site visits
  • Recording and escalating bug reports and suggestions for product improvement
  • Identifying and delivering consultancy work for users in the Americas
  • Representing the CCDC at conferences and meetings by presenting research and functionality derived from CCDC tools, software and data and engaging with the community
  • Working with IT support in the UK to provide technical assistance to other CCDC staff in the US.

For more details, please see the job description / person specification.

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in chemistry, bio-chemistry or related field, with 3-5 years’ experience in the computational chemistry, pharmaceutical, or drug discovery industry.  They will be independently motivated with excellent presentation and communication skills.  They must be eligible to work in the United States and able to travel internationally.  This position is based in the U.S., location to be agreed.

To apply for this position please email your resume/CV with a covering letter detailing what appeals to you about the position and why you are applying to Amy Sarjeant, General Manager via  For further information please contact

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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.