Vernalis Research operates from our Granta Park laboratories outside Cambridge.

We operate an equal opportunities employment policy. We welcome applications from suitably qualified scientists, researchers and other candidates for the positions listed below.


Data Scientist

We are currently looking for a data scientist to join our team in Cambridge. This is a permanent, full-time position and is an excellent opportunity to make a positive impact on real-world drug-discovery projects.

We operate with a research group of approximately 60 scientists, specialising in fragment- and structure-based drug discovery, and supporting both in-house programmes and collaborations with large pharmaceutical partners.

The role will involve actively supporting decision-making at all stages of the drug discovery process by building predictive models based on in-house and public data. There will also be a strong emphasis on deploying and integrating such models into the existing IT infrastructure and making these available to all research scientists through web-services and web-based interfaces.

The ability to summarise, contextualise, and communicate scientific information to colleagues and collaborators is essential. Furthermore, the role will necessarily require the ability to effectively liaise between research scientists and IT professionals on specific requirements and details of software implementation.

Applicants should hold a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline, and have a proven data science and programming track-record within an academic or industrial research group. Additionally, experience in the following specific areas is highly desirable:

• Python (sklearn, pandas, matplotlib, keras)
• Machine learning methods (especially neural networks)
• Jupyter notebooks for communicating experimental results
• Chemistry toolkits (eg RDKit)
• KNIME for data analytics

All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.

To register your interest in this position, please contact the Human Resources Manager at Vernalis (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), with your CV and covering letter. Vernalis offers competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. Benefits include a private health care scheme and contributory pension plan. 

Please direct any technical questions / informal enquiries about this position to James Davidson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).



Senior Scientist/Scientist – Assay Technology

The Vernalis business model is to balance an internal portfolio of drug discovery projects with funded collaborations on targets with pharmaceutical partners. Our expertise has generated five development candidates in the past six years and successfully identified cell-active lead compounds for more than nine other targets. 

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Assay Scientist to join our successful research team at Granta Park, Cambridge.

As part of the Assay Technology team, your role will be to develop and implement biochemical and binding assays using a variety of techniques to support our research programmes. You will participate in project, team and group meetings working closely with, and providing reports for, other scientists and external collaborators.

This is a full time, permanent, laboratory based position. You must hold at least a BSc. in a relevant biological science and have significant independent experience in developing and optimising biochemical assays (384well format preferred).


Key responsibilities
• Develop, optimise and run biochemical and binding assays
• Analyse, interpret and solve issues regarding assays
• Actively participate in project, team and group meetings
• Produce reports for project, team and external collaborators


• Minimum qualifications: B.Sc. (postgraduate qualifications welcome)
• A number of years' post graduate experience in a similar role, preferably in industry
• Assay development experience in Fluorescence based or Kinase assays
• Working knowledge of enzymology
• Understanding of binding kinetics and its importance in drug discovery


Personal Qualities
• Excellent communication and presentation skills
• Well organised with the ability to proactively plan work whilst remaining flexible and responsive to tight deadlines and changing priorities
• Strong IT and data analysis skills
• A team player with the ability to work in a multi-disciplinary environment
• Maintains an active awareness of new and developing technologies


We offer talented and motivated individuals excellent training opportunities within our creative, multidisciplinary teams, and a benefits package which includes a competitive salary (in line with qualifications and experience) plus pension, private medical cover and life assurance.

All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK.


To apply, please send your CV and a covering email specifying, why you are interested in this position, your current salary and expectations to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


If no vacancies are listed at this time, please check back regularly if you are interested in working with Vernalis.