Who we are?

Astex Pharmaceuticals is a world leader in innovative drug discovery and development. The company has successfully applied its proprietary Fragment-Based Drug Discovery (FBDD) platform to generate multiple new drug candidates that are progressing in clinical development.  Successful collaborations have led to two launched oncology drugs (Kisqali® partnered with Novartis and Balversa® partnered with Janssen). And to this day, Astex continues its relentless pursuit for innovative solutions that can help us in the fight against cancer and CNS disorders

 The Opportunity   

We currently have an opportunity within our Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD) group in Cambridge, UK for a dynamic, passionate molecular modeller, with a proven record of performing high calibre science.

The successful candidate will be applying cutting edge structure-based design methods and state of the art cheminformatics tools to assist our drug discovery programs, working closely with biologists, structural biologists and medicinal chemists.  The role will also involve collaborating with our in-house software development team to expand and enhance our proprietary modelling tools.


  • PhD in computational chemistry or a related field, ideally with experience of modern simulation methods as applied in the context of drug design.
  • Good communication skills will be essential
  • Experience of programming / scripting would be a distinct advantage

Experience of working in drug discovery teams is not a requirement and the role would be suitable for someone who has recently qualified with a PhD or has a few years’ post-doctoral experience.

Why Astex

We offer excellent training and career development opportunities as well as highly competitive salary and benefits package.  The company is situated 2.5 miles from Cambridge City centre. Cambridge Science Park has onsite sports facilities and excellent transport links to London. At Astex we embrace diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse Company representing all backgrounds, harnessing industry-leading scientific innovation and behaviours.

Application Information 

To apply, please visit our recruitment website and submit your application before the closing date.

Apply here

The role closes on 30th June 2022

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For information on Astex Pharmaceuticals please visit: www.astx.com
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