KTP Associate, Scientific Software Developer for Digital Design of Pharmaceutical Products

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,000 to £36,500 p.a. plus training allowance of £5,600
Jun 30, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jul 26, 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Do you have a higher degree in science, mathematics or computer software development (or equivalent experience)? Do you have experience of writing scientific code in C++ or a similar language (e.g. Java or C#)? Are you interested in developing the business skills necessary to deliver a new software product to market? Are you keen to apply your academic achievements to industry-ready products?

We have an opportunity for you to ‘fast track’ your career in industry by leading a strategically important project to a successful conclusion. Through a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), you will be working in partnership with The Cambridge Crystallographic Data Centre (CCDC) and the School of Chemical and Process Engineering at one of the UK’s leading research intensive universities. You will have an excellent opportunity to utilise your academic achievements in an industry setting.

The CCDC is an independent not-for-profit organisation with world-leading expertise in chemical and crystal structure data. They are leaders in the development of software for solid state chemistry, working closely with many of the world’s top pharmaceutical companies.

This project aims to develop and bring to market a state-of-the-art digital design platform to automate, streamline and accelerate the design, development and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products.

A major challenge in the pharmaceutical sector currently is the lack of suitable digital platforms for drug development and manufacturing, as well as the adoption of these methods. CCDC’s long term strategic objectives are to address this through embedding use of their tools and expertise across the pharmaceutical industry, from discovery through development to delivery. A particular goal is to reduce pharmaceutical development times to enable access to and reduce costs for new drugs.

This project presents an opportunity to excel in an interdisciplinary project that combines chemical & process engineering, software development and business development including real-life application of expert knowledge to industry-ready products.

You will be based at the company premises in Cambridge, but will be employed by the University of Leeds for the duration of the project, a fixed period of 34 months. You will spend around 5% of your time at the University of Leeds, with travel funded. The School of Chemical and Process Engineering will provide expert academic and technical support to you throughout the project, with business guidance and mentoring from the Management Division of Leeds University Business School.

The majority of your time will be based at the CCDC, in the centre of Cambridge. You will work with professional software development teams, who will support you in your work and help to improve your programming skills. You will have access to scientific experts and business development teams who will support you in delivering a new product to market. You will maintain close links with your designated academic supervisor, who will visit you at the CCDC regularly. Both the CCDC and the University of Leeds enjoy strong links with a number of major pharmaceutical and agrochemical organisations, and you will be able to make use of these relationships to obtain real feedback on the solutions you develop.

You will have access to a training and development package worth £5,600 to be spent according to your needs and the project’s requirements, enabling you to work effectively on the KTP and to plan for your future career. Additionally, you will attend two weeks of residential KTP training to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to complete the project successfully, for which time is allocated and funding provided.

You will be able to take advantage of the benefits offered by the CCDC, including flexible working, regular social activities, and a lively and friendly working environment, and a generous holiday allowance of 35 days per year (inclusive of bank holidays).

In addition to the challenges of the post, you will be expected to work towards a chartered membership of an appropriate professional body.

You can apply for this role online; more guidance can be found on our How to Apply information. Applications should be submitted by the advertised closing date.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Robert Hammond (Leeds):

Phone: +44(0)113 343 2428, Email: 

Professor Kevin Roberts (Leeds):

Phone +44(0)113 343 2408, Email: 

Dr Andrew Maloney (CCDC):

Phone: +44 (0)1223 336408, Email: 

Location: University of Leeds Role - Working off campus
Faculty/Service: Professional Services
School/Institute: Research & Innovation Service
Section: Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP)
Category: Professional & Managerial
Grade: Off grading structure
Salary: £33,000 to £36,500 p.a. plus training allowance of £5,600
Post Type: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term (for 34 months due to external funding for a fixed period)
Closing Date: Sunday 26 July 2020
Interview Date: To be confirmed
Reference: CSRIS1154
Downloads: Candidate Brief