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Senior Drug Discovery Scientist at BenevolentAI

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  • London
  • fulltime

With over 35 nationalities and a range of backgrounds represented in our Benevolent team, we aim to build an inclusive environment where our people can bring their authentic selves to work, be respected for who they are and the exceptional work they do. We welcome and actively encourage applications from all sections of society and are committed to offering equal employment opportunities regardless of sex, race, religion or belief, ethnic or national origin, marital, domestic or civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, disability, age, citizenship, or any other basis. We see our diversity as an asset as we tackle challenging problems that bridge the gap between drug discovery and technology.


The Role

We are looking for innovative and highly creative lab-based drug discovery scientists to join a team focused on AI-driven target identification and validation. As a central member of a dynamic, multi-disciplinary team of scientists passionate about reinventing the way new medicines are developed, you will bring your understanding of in vitro biological technologies and drug discovery to rapidly move projects into our drug discovery portfolio. Based at the Babraham Research Campus in Cambridge (UK), you will work closely with experts in artificial intelligence, informatics, biological sciences, and chemical sciences, teams to devise creative ways to reimagine the way medicines are discovered.


Primary Responsibilities
  • Utilise your drug discovery experience to harness BenevolentAI’s technology and drive target identification and validation efforts in NASH/NAFLD, diabetes and other metabolism-related diseases.
  • Identify, coordinate, and perform in vitro studies to validate targets in disease-relevant systems.
  • Critically analyse and interpret data, define realistic timelines for studies and meet delivery deadlines to execute high impact studies within a fast-paced and collaborative environment.
  • Contribute to external collaborative relationships with academic leaders and contract research organisations.


We are looking for someone with
  • PhD or equivalent in biological sciences or a closely related discipline. 3-5 years of industry research experience preferred.
  • Experience working on NAFLD/NASH, diabetes and/or other metabolic diseases.
  • Experience working in cell culture with immortalised cell lines and primary cells.
  • Expertise in Western blotting, RT-qPCR and ELISA.
  • Experience successfully working in multi-disciplinary drug discovery & development teams, with excellent communication skills and the ability to forge productive relationships and collaborations both internally and externally.
  • Evidence of creative thinking and problem solving, confidently applying novel strategies to move projects to important decision points quickly and efficiently.
Nice to haves
  • Experience in target validation with genetic approaches (RNAi/CRISPR).
  • Experience in high content imaging to measure disease-relevant phenotypes such as fibrosis and lipid accumulation.
  • Experience using electronic laboratory notebooks and data management systems (e.g. Dotmatics).

About us

BenevolentAI unites AI with human expertise to discover new and more effective medicines. Our unique computational R&D platform spans every step of the drug discovery process, powering an in-house pipeline of over 25 drug programmes. We advance our mission to reinvent drug discovery by harnessing the power of a diverse team, rich with different backgrounds, experiences, opinions and personalities. In our offices in London and New York and research facility in Cambridge (UK), we work in highly collaborative, multidisciplinary teams, harnessing skills across biology, chemistry, engineering, AI, machine learning, informatics, precision medicine and drug discovery.

We share a passion for being part of a mission that matters, and we are always looking for curious and collaborative people who share our values and want to be part of our journey. If that sounds like a fit for you, hit the apply button and join us.


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Head over to our Glassdoor page to learn about our benefits, culture and to find out what our team think about life at Benevolent. You can also find out more about us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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