Drug Discovery Associate Data Scientist

Portland, OR
Jan 09, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

We’re seeking a Drug Discovery Associate Data Scientist to join us in our mission to improve human health and quality of life!

As a member of our Drug Discovery group, you’ll join a group of about 90 scientists that includes designers, modelers, computational chemists, medicinal chemists, crystallographers, biochemists, and biologists. Our team is also supported by over 100 software developers and engineers. Three of the programs we’ve worked on in the past seven years have progressed into the clinic, and an additional one is expected to enter clinical trials this year. You can see recent news on one of these programs here.

Who will love this job:

  • A scientific thinker who has completed at least a year of organic chemistry coursework and has experience with analyzing chemistry journal articles (a background in computational chemistry, cheminformatics, bioinformatics, cellular biology, molecular biology, immunology, or a related field is a plus)
  • An independent worker who understands enzyme inhibition and receptor agonism/antagonism
  • A proficient scripter (e.g., shell, Python, Perl) who’s worked in Linux/UNIX environments
  • A motivated learner who’s willing to take on new challenges and accept constructive criticism
  • A user of open-source visualization or modeling software (experience with the Schrödinger platform is a plus, especially LiveDesign, Maestro, and Python modules)

What you’ll do:

  • Research, curate, and prepare computational chemistry data sets, as well as compile, analyze, and summarize results
  • Prepare and maintain drug discovery group chemical database content, which includes:
    • processing confidential data and information according to guidelines  
    • managing data creation, updates, and deletion  
    • providing quality assurance of imported data by collaborating with key internal or external advisors as necessary
  • Exhibit excellent organizational and time management skills, as well as attention to detail
  • Participate in improving software and processes via early access usage, bug reporting, and outlining improvement requests

What you should have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biology, or biochemistry who has completed at least a year of organic chemistry coursework.
  • Experience with any of the following is a plus:
    • Databases (e.g., MySQL, sqlite, PostgreSQL);
    • Scientific Python packages (e.g., pandas, numpy, scipy, matplotlib)
    • Version control (e.g., Git)
    • Online sources of scientific information (especially NCBI PubMed, RCSB PDB, UniProtKB, EMBL-EBI ChEMBL, SciFinder, Reaxys)

Schrödinger understands its people that make a company great. Because of this, we’re prepared to offer a competitive salary, stock options, and a wide range of benefits that include healthcare (with dental and vision), a 401k, pre-tax commuter benefits, a flexible work schedule, and a parental leave program. We have catered meals in the office every day, a company culture that is relaxed but engaged, and over a month of paid vacation time.

As an equal opportunity employer, Schrödinger hires outstanding individuals into every position in the company. People who work with us have a high degree of engagement, a commitment to working effectively in teams, and a passion for the company's mission. We place the highest value on creating a safe environment where our employees can grow and contribute, and refuse to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious belief, sex, age, national origin, citizenship status, marital status, union status, sexual orientation, or any other protected characteristic. To us, "diversity" isn't just a buzzword, but an important element of our core principles and key business practices. We believe that diverse companies innovate better and think more creatively than homogenous ones because they take into account a wide range of viewpoints. For us, greater diversity doesn't mean better headlines or public images - it means increased adaptability and profitability.