Filter by category

Filter by type

Drug Discovery Outsourcing Scientist at BenevolentAI

go back to Data and Product Jobs
  • London
  • fulltime

The Company

BenevolentAI unites technology with human intelligence to re-engineer drug discovery and deliver life-changing medicines. We have developed the Benevolent Platform®, a drug discovery platform built on powerful data foundations with state of the art machine learning and AI technology. Our technology empowers scientists to decipher the vast and complex code underlying human biology, find new ways to treat disease and personalise medicines to patients. Benevolent has active in-house R&D drug programmes in disease areas such as neurodegeneration, immunology, oncology and inflammation and has research and commercial collaborations with leading pharmaceutical and research organisations. The company is headquartered in London with a research facility in Cambridge (UK) and a further office in New York.

Who we are

We are an eclectic bunch at Benevolent, united by our belief that innovative thinking and purposeful technology can truly change outcomes for the better. Our mission is to re-engineer drug discovery and deliver life-changing medicines for patients in need and we do this by applying AI, machine learning and other advanced technologies to reinvent the ways drugs are discovered and developed. We strive to bring together unique skills and perspectives across biology, chemistry, engineering, AI research, informatics, precision medicine and drug discovery.


The Role

We are looking for an individual with a proven track record for working with internal teams and external CROs, generating and integrating plate-based pharmacology data from a variety of lab-based environments. If you are in a current lab-centric role, you will be looking for an opportunity to step out of the lab and develop in this area. Through your Pharmaceutical or CRO experience, you will have a thorough understanding of the data elements of preclinical drug discovery, demonstrated by your direct involvement in areas of compound-to-assay workflows, screen-data generation, ELN-data capture and data analysis, on platforms such as Dotmatics. You will have experience in setting up, running and supporting plate-based in vitro assays; assay design, development of primary screens, high content-assays, or equivalent applied knowledge from DMPK or toxicology/pathology type safety screening. You will also offer a clear interpretation of these data in providing support and advice to Project teams.

There is an option to be based out of our London office, or our Cambridge lab-site on the Babraham Research Campus. You will be a key member of our Discovery Enabling Team (DET), which operates as a cross-discipline team within BAI’s Drug Discovery(DD). Within DET, you will work with BAI colleagues at all sites, across a wide range of disciplines; including non-lab and lab-based scientists, research informaticians, machine learning and AI technologists. As an integral member of the team, you will manage DET-specific screen support for our Drug Discovery, and support and streamline data-capture across our AI-driven drug discovery pipeline (TargetID, HitID, LeadOp to Candidate Development). Your experience in working with internal researchers and external (CRO) partners will allow you to proactively manage the unique challenges that each presents. You will work with internal drug discovery scientists and CROs to directly advise, share your knowledge of assay set up and data capture, to ensure BAI generates quality-driven results that allow timely and clear decision making. You will help researchers set up pilot assays, QC-qualify, run and interpret their screens, as well as manage their datasets into Dotmatics ELNs.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Manage outsourcing operations; including logistics, CRO contract relationship, budget management, quotation requests
  • DET outsourcing activities, eg Primary pharmacology, selectivity & safety pharmacology screens
  • Serve as a key DET-point of contact to internal Project Teams, Project Management and CROs
  • Continuously improve compound-to-data workflows, Dotmatics data capture and data presentation across DD

Additional Responsibilities

  • Coordinate with key stakeholders; Target Identification program leads, drug discovery core teams, safety pharmacology, DMPK, Project Management and external CROs
  • Participate in the organisation and logistics of business and collaboration meetings
  • Ensure assay requests and data strategies are developed and implemented within the expected timelines, across multiple Project and Target Identification teams
  • Help pilot, develop and qualify assay protocols, QC data, upload and share key results
  • Keep abreast of technical developments in key fields, eg target and selectivity screening, safety pharmacology and regulatory guidance. Influence CROs to build and develop relevant capabilities


We are looking for someone with

  • Experience of drug discovery from either; a small to large Pharma, Biotech or CRO background
  • Proven ability to multitask; organise, coordinate and interpret multiple studies across different projects at the same time
  • Working knowledge of the best CROs for performing in vitro studies. Outsourcing experience across multiple target classes, from early target identification to candidate nomination
  • Positive attitude. A problem solver and clear communicator. Able to learn new technology and enjoy assisting others
  • Working knowledge of internal and/or commercial data-management tools; including but not limited to Dotmatics, Excel-macros/XLfit, Prism, IDBS-ActivityBase and Chem/Bio ELNs
  • Ability to work effectively across broad-discipline internal teams and external-vendors to; develop, integrate, ‘prove’ and support workflows prior to their confident rollout
  • A track record of understanding the data needs of drug discovery teams, suggesting innovative solutions to improve data flow and data availability
  • Experience and understanding of the challenges in handling large datasets
  • Good knowledge of drug discovery (e.g. DMPK, medicinal chemistry) as it pertains to primary pharmacology, selectivity and safety pharmacology
  • Familiarity with current regulatory guidelines relating to the drug development process


Together, we envision a world in which no disease goes untreated. If you are benevolent, curious, want to tackle real world problems and are willing to embrace new ideas, hit that ‘apply’ button and join us.

You need to be logged in to apply. Login or create an account.
Is this job ad fake? Report it!   


other jobs at BenevolentAI

fulltime Drug Discovery Project Leader at BenevolentAI in London
22-10-2020
fulltime Chemoinformatics Data Scientist at BenevolentAI in London
22-10-2020
fulltime Site Reliability Engineer at BenevolentAI in London
03-11-2020
fulltime Applied Drug Discovery Analyst at BenevolentAI in London
02-12-2020
fulltime Senior Principal Medicinal Chemist at BenevolentAI in London
02-12-2020
fulltime Principal Medicinal Chemist at BenevolentAI in London
02-12-2020
fulltime CMC / Process Chemistry Project Manager at BenevolentAI in London
02-12-2020
fulltime Statistical Geneticist at BenevolentAI in London
07-12-2020
fulltime Principal Molecular Pharmacologist Scientist at BenevolentAI in London
16-12-2020
fulltime Lead Site Reliability Engineer at BenevolentAI in London
18-12-2020
fulltime DMPK Principal Scientist at BenevolentAI in London
18-12-2020
fulltime Senior Scientist - DMPK Outsourcing at BenevolentAI in London
18-12-2020
fulltime Senior Principal Scientist - DMPK Project Representative at BenevolentAI in London
18-12-2020
fulltime Computational Chemist at BenevolentAI in London
14-01-2021
fulltime AI Scientist Internship at BenevolentAI in London
30-01-2021
fulltime Data Scientist Internship at BenevolentAI in London
30-01-2021
fulltime Front End Developer Internship at BenevolentAI in London
30-01-2021
fulltime Bioinformatics Data Scientist Internship at BenevolentAI in London
30-01-2021
fulltime Site Reliability Engineering Internship at BenevolentAI in London
30-01-2021
fulltime User Research Internship at BenevolentAI in London
30-01-2021
fulltime Software Engineering Internship at BenevolentAI in London
30-01-2021
fulltime Cheminformatics Data Scientist Internship at BenevolentAI in London
30-01-2021
fulltime Finance Internship at BenevolentAI in London
03-02-2021
fulltime Legal Internship at BenevolentAI in London
03-02-2021
fulltime DevOps Engineer at BenevolentAI in London
06-02-2021
fulltime Junior Site Reliability Engineer at BenevolentAI in London
25-02-2021
fulltime Talent Acquisition Specialist at BenevolentAI in London
27-02-2021
fulltime IT Support Engineer at BenevolentAI in London
03-03-2021
fulltime Senior Technical Project Manager at BenevolentAI in London
04-03-2021
fulltime Project Toxicologist at BenevolentAI in London
13-03-2021
fulltime Senior Full Stack developer at BenevolentAI in London
25-03-2021
fulltime Software Engineer at BenevolentAI in London
26-03-2021
fulltime Programme Manager at BenevolentAI in London
27-03-2021
fulltime IP Specialist at BenevolentAI in London
31-03-2021
fulltime Legal Counsel at BenevolentAI in London
01-04-2021
fulltime People Projects Coordinator at BenevolentAI in London
10-04-2021