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.

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Current Vacancies

CCDC UK

Software Engineer – UI/UX Specialist: Permanent or 1 Year contracts

Due to expansion of our development efforts, we are looking for a Software Engineer to join our development teams, based in Cambridge, UK.  Our friendly, supportive teams of Agile developers share responsibility for developing cross-platform C++ library code, application programming interfaces, and graphical user interfaces on the browser, desktop and server.

We seek a versatile UI/UX specialist software engineer to work with a variety of platforms (Windows, Linux, macOS, Web). A proven understanding of software usability and accessibility is essential for this role.  Familiarity with Python or Qt5 would be an advantage.

We are looking for an individual who can promote the adoption of best practise, driving confidence in the quality of our products.

The successful candidate will have either extensive experience of delivering commercial software in an Agile environment, or excellent academic credentials coupled with a desire to contribute to the release of exceptional scientific software. The ability to contribute to both scientific and technical discussions will be decisive. For further details, please see the job description and person specification.

We are also delighted to receive speculative CVs from candidates with proven expertise in any of the following skills coupled with a desire to promote the state-of-the-art in Chemistry and Crystallography data:

Python, Commercial development of scientific software, C++, C#/.Net

Applications, including full educational details, employment history and the names of two referees, should be addressed to Petra Hales via email to careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk. For further information about the positions please contact 01223 336408.


Software Engineer – Database Technologies Specialist: Permanent or 1 Year contracts

Due to expansion of our development efforts, we are looking for a database technologies specialist software engineer to join our development teams, based in Cambridge, UK.  Our friendly, supportive teams of Agile developers share responsibility for developing cross-platform C++ library code, application programming interfaces, and graphical user interfaces on the browser, desktop and server.

The successful candidate will offer a demonstratable understanding of data models, including but not limited to the relational model. They will have a deep understanding of all aspects of database lifecycle management. Familiarity with a variety of database technologies is essential, and specific experience with SQLite, MariaDB, and MS SQL server would be a distinct advantage.

A scientific background is highly desirable but not essential. We are looking for an individual who can promote the adoption of best practise, improving data handling efficiency, and drive confidence in the quality of our products. For further details, please see the job description and person specification.

We are also delighted to receive speculative CVs from candidates with proven expertise in any of the following skills coupled with a desire to promote the state-of-the-art in Chemistry and Crystallography data:

Python, Commercial development of scientific software, C++, C#/.Net

Applications, including full educational details, employment history and the names of two referees, should be addressed to Petra Hales via email to careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk. For further information about the positions please contact 01223 336408.


Sales Executive

We are looking to appoint a Sales Executive to support the company’s growth by securing sales for CCDC software and services in the UK and Europe. The Sales Executive will work within our growing Business Development team to develop new customer relationships and maintain contact with current users to increase the company’s turnover in line with agreed sales budgets.

Responsibilities include, but are not restricted to:

  • Identifying and contacting prospective users of CCDC software, identifying their use cases and demonstrating the relevant utility of the software in order to convert to user status
  • Negotiating software licence agreements with prospective and existing users
  • Effectively engaging with existing and potential users to promote additional sales and ensure account retention
  • Delivering presentations about CCDC software at prospective user sites, exhibitions and conferences
  • Understanding the market in which the company operates and identifying new markets for the company’s database, software and services

The successful candidate will have experience working across the entire sales cycle, be educated to a degree level in a biological or chemical science related field and have excellent negotiation and communication skills. The ideal candidate must also be willing to undertake international travel. For further details, please see the job description/person specification.

To apply for this position please send your full CV and cover letter, explaining what interests you about the role to Petra Hales via careers@ccdc.cam.ac.uk.


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.


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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.