Principal Scientist (WL6) or Senior Scientist (WL7) depending on experience


moa is recruiting for a Principal Scientist (WL6) or Senior Scientist (WL7) depending on experience


Moa Technology Limited is innovative and rapidly growing R&D crop protection company. At moa Technology our mission is to find the new generation of safe and effective herbicides to help farmers produce high quality food for all. To this aim, we have assembled a team of passionate and talented scientists, technician and operational staff, who respectively design, use and support the use of disruptive technologies that de-risk the herbicide discovery process and favour the development of sustainable crop protection products.

As an organisation, we believe that collectively leveraging our technologies and products for impact goes together with enabling our dedicated staff to fulfil their individual potential. We value collaborative endeavours, evidence-based decision making and resourcefulness.

Position type: Permanent full-time - 37.5 hours per week

Salary: Competitive

Location: The Oxford Science Park, Oxford,


We are in search of a Cheminformatician to join the Computational Design team to provide practical and theoretical expertise in data science, informatics and molecular modelling to support research projects and contribute to moa remaining at the forefront of evolving technologies.

You will collaborate with scientific and technical teams to provide cheminformatics expertise, including data collection and standardization, database structure, workflow development, data analysis, and visualization.

You will coordinate and perform data analyses on different projects, and communicate results to diverse audiences, such as project teams, senior management and collaborators.




Data analysis to discover insights and opportunities 

Develop and deploy models (e.g. QSAR and machine learning) to enable rational compound design and molecular property prediction 

Work closely with projects to propose new compounds and experiments 

Design and maintenance of chemically aware databases

Design, develop and implement robust data processing workflows and storage environments through the use of pipelining tools such as Knime.

Use good programming practices, documentation and reproducible analyses

Identify and critically evaluate new cheminformatics methods and software

Dissemination of results, where appropriate, in the form of conference presentations and research articles



QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE - Describe required and desirable educational requirements, experience and qualifications.


·       Ph.D. in Computational Chemistry or Chemoinformatics or equivalent industrial experience

·       Programming skills

·       Experience of Agrichemical or Pharmaceutical compound design


SKILLS AND COMPETENCIES - Describe the required and desirable skills and competencies needed to successfully perform the role


·      Ligand-based compound design

·      Compound library design

·      Machine-learning techniques

·      Phys Chem predictions

·      Programming / scripting in a scientific environment, particularly computational chemistry method development


·      Understanding of plant biology

moa is committed to building a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We recognize that diverse and inclusive teams build a stronger and more innovative company. Therefore, all qualified applicants will be considered for employment, and we do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability status, marital status, or veteran status


Must be legally able to live and work in the UK

Please send a CV and cover letter to