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Senior AI Scientist - Chemistry

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

You will be responsible for developing and executing a research agenda around the core problems we work on at BenevolentAI - scientific discovery from structured and unstructured data sources. You will be part of the cross functional Chemistry team.

BenevolentAI is committed to growing diverse and inclusive teams. We welcome you to apply if the job description as a whole appeals, even if there are specific areas where you don’t have previous experience!

Primary Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the AI strategy of the chemistry team.
  • Identify and develop state of the art ML methods which bring value to our predictive and generative chemistry models pipelines.
  • Communicate and explain their value, particularly to non-ML members of the team.
  • Promote machine learning best practices, such as: scalable training and deployment, model introspection and evaluation, new state-of-the-art implementations, etc.
  • Work as a hands-on member of a cross-functional team comprising specialists in cheminformatics, engineering, AI, medicinal chemists and product. In these teams, you will apply the latest advances in machine learning to develop tools for drug discovery and development.
  • Define the analytical and technical problems in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning to develop new solutions and deliver applied research within your team, and to influence an empirical approach across the company.
  • Disseminate your AI expertise to more junior members of the team

We are looking for someone with

  • A math/computer science MSc/PhD with a strong Machine Learning component who worked in chemistry (if not, chemistry background who acquired a strong ML expertise).
  • At least 1 or 2 years of commercial experience.
  • Experience in working with molecular data.
  • Proven experience in delivering projects with business value.
  • Strong and broad machine learning background with proficiency in modern ML frameworks (pytorch, tensorflow etc).
  • Ability to communicate complex ML concepts to non-ML people.
Preferred (not required) qualifications/experience
  • Commercial experience in a drug discovery startup or big pharma company.
  • Be visionary (think about what should be done beyond what you're doing).

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.

Important Note

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