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Senior/Principal Scientist: Computational Chemistry

MoA Technology Ltd. is recruiting for a Senior/Principal Computational Chemist


MoA Technology Limited (“MoA”) is a spin-out company from the University of Oxford. Professor Liam Dolan (FRS), head of the University’s Plant Sciences department, has developed a novel approach for the discovery of next generation Agritech products.

MoA Tech is a dynamic fast paced business made up of exceptional individuals and world class scientists who have come together to tackle the crisis in agriculture.  

The Role

The primary objectives will be scientific and technical in nature, aimed at delivering a robust computational chemistry platform offering significant long-term value to the company.

Key scientific and technical accountabilities

  • Responsible for hit-2-lead, lead optimization, hit triage & expansion and virtual screening.
  • Guide and provide hands-on protein and small-molecule computational chemistry support.
  • Establish external collaborations and/or in-license technologies and serve as a computational chemistry representative to external collaborators.

Candidate profile

Education & experience

  • Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry or related fields
  • Industrial experience at an agrochemical, pharmaceutical or biotechnology company will be an advantage but not essential.
  • A comprehensive understanding of ligand and structure-based design, conformational analysis, pharmacophores and homology modelling.

Personal characteristics

  • Enthusiastic about computational chemistry and its application in a high-tech and fast-moving company
  • Passionate about discovering and bringing to market novel agriproducts
  • Possesses an enquiring mind and facilitates and encourages scientific debate
  • Proactive, self-starter - resourceful, resilient, determined – a confident problem solver
  • Work flexibly as part of an early stage R&D Team, demonstrating a ‘hands-on’ approach to helping establish the company and a strong work ethics.
  • The company is in a rapid growth trajectory and require highly motivated individuals who can evolve with the needs of the business. In return, the company offers unparalleled professional growth opportunity for the right candidate!

Job Requirements

In addition, MoA Technology is strongly committed to the safety of its employees and in the current COVID-19 climate has taken measures that require the post-holder to:

  • Work flexible hours and be open to work weekends, early mornings (~7-9am) or evenings (~7-10pm), in order to maintain social distancing.
  • As the Government relaxes safe social distancing rules and allows a return to normal working practices we will also revert to our normal working arrangements (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm).
  • This is not available as a remote working opportunity.

MoA Technology is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from all candidates irrespective of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion/belief or age.

Location: BioEscalator, Innovation Building, Roosevelt Drive, Oxford OX3 7FZ

Position type: Permanent full-time

Please send a CV and cover letter to