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Computational Chemist

We are looking for a Computational Chemist with the right skillset to complement our teams working on the development of innovative privacy-preserving drug discovery platforms for our high-profile customers. You are responsible for bringing computational chemistry and cheminformatics expertise to the table and contributing to and leading highly scientific customer projects.

About apheris AI

We believe in a world where innovation and breakthroughs in R&D are driven by collaboration among companies. At apheris AI, our mission is to empower large enterprises to build and orchestrate data ecosystems that enable such collaboration. Our product allows companies to collectively analyze data, while preserving the privacy and intellectual property of it. We leverage the latest advancements in the fields of federated machine learning, cryptography, data privacy technologies and computational chemistry and help the largest companies in the world push R&D into production. Our company is well funded and backed by some of the globally best Venture Capital Funds and Angel Investors. Our incredibly talented and interdisciplinary team is composed of world-leading experts in their fields as well as entrepreneurs and engineers that have been trained at top-tier companies and universities.  We strongly contribute to Open Source; we learn fast, grow rapidly and we have absolute conviction that the next large tech company is currently being built in the heart of Berlin.

Right now, we are building out a handful of R&D data ecosystems with large enterprise customers – our focus industries are pharma & healthcare, chemical R&D and manufacturing. We productize our general-purpose tech core for private data sharing and we heavily ramp up our business development to win the next data ecosystems with leading industry players. The use cases we address are primarily related to R&D acceleration empowered by machine learning applications – the data ecosystems are the foundation for a breakthrough in those use cases.

If all of this sounds like a company you want to be part of, we are delighted to learn more about you.

About this position

In this role you are working on a cutting-edge drug discovery driven platform empowered by privacy preserving machine learning technologies. You are part of an interdisciplinary team and closely interact with colleagues from data science, software development, cryptography and privacy preserving computations. You contribute to the projects’ success by complementing the team with your expertise and striving for high quality scientific results for our customers. You act as the link between the customer and our technical team and help to advance scientific projects by means of state-of-the-art computational chemistry and machine learning techniques. You will be the expert and contact of trust when it comes to decisions on product elements that deal with, e.g., drug discovery, or QSAR models. Alongside this, you’ll be involved in commercial and business development activities, helping to identify and develop growth opportunities for the company. In this role, you will also strengthen our external visibility and scientific excellence through engaging with the scientific departments of our customers and beyond.

What you bring to the table

  • Background and/or professional work experience in (bio)-chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, bioinformatics, or related disciplines.
     

  • Profound knowledge of scripting and programming languages, preferably Python.
     
  • Experience with deep learning libraries such as Pytorch or Tensorflow.
     
  • Strong passion for science, and ability to work well within interdisciplinary teams.
     
  • Excellent presentation skills along with the ability to work in a dynamic, interdisciplinary team environment with strong focus and ambition.
     
  • Strong scientific background with an understanding of the drug discovery process.
     
  • More than 3 years of experience in computational drug design, preferably in an industrial setting, is a plus.
     
  • Track record of publications and presentations at scientific meetings that demonstrate the application of computational chemistry to drug discovery is a plus.
     
  • Experience in hardware setup, networking, software deployment and configuration are highly valued.

The requirements above are a non-exhaustive list of skills which, from our experience, people successful in similar roles have. If this does not match 100% with you, but you think you fit to this role, we encourage you to apply anyway. We hire mainly based on your personality, potential and motivation to learn and grow, and together we can adapt the role in a way that is meant to fit you!

What we offer you

  • We offer you a cool and engaged team with incredibly intelligent and motivated colleagues that are domain experts in various fields. They will support you in getting up-to-speed with our tech stack!
     

  • We care about diversity and equality and live an open company culture with clear communication and encourage active participation in all areas.
     

  • Exciting growth phase: we are backed by some of the best investors in the world and are growing rapidly.
     

  • We believe that your contribution goes beyond your CV, for us it is important that you connect well with the apheris team.
     

  • Our team has the right mix of getting-things-done and getting-things-right mentality with a good amount of fun added to it.
     

  • We deeply care about your development and well-being, so naturally we offer you lots of room for your professional and personal development.
     

  • We have made it our mission to not only let you shape this position but support your growth.
     

  • We have a very nice office in the heart of Berlin. Part of our team sits in the Cologne area. We support home office from anywhere. Whatever suits you, we are sure to find the right arrangement.
     

  • We offer industry-competitive compensation.

Key facts

  • Contract Type: full-time

  • Location: preferably Berlin, partly remote is possible​

  • Education Level: PhD + industry experience

Please submit your CV to r.roehm@apheris.com and we will reach out to you and set up a first call to get to know you.

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