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Post-Doctoral Fellow - Computational Protein Design

Novo Nordisk Research Center Seattle, Inc

Job Description

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Computational Protein Design


About the Department

At Novo Nordisk Research Center Seattle, Inc. (NNRCSI) our scientists apply cutting-edge technologies to early R&D projects with the goal of bringing real change to people with Diabetes and Obesity. Our scientists apply state-of-the-art technologies within the diabetes and obesity areas, with the goal of bringing molecules to market. Your skills, dedication and ambition will help change lives for the better and you will work with extraordinary talent, continuously learn and develop, and drive changes to defeat serious chronic conditions. We recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which stimulates a strong culture of ingenuity and innovation and our support of a healthy work-life balance adds to a best-in-class employee experience. The team is comprised of collaborative, diverse and passionate people who have a true sense of pride in their work and are committed to helping others grow and develop in their careers. You’ll also have a platform to engage with key stakeholders on a global scale throughout the entire pipeline process. And while changing the future of obesity treatment is no easy task, we also recognize the importance of an enjoyable workplace, which is why we’ve cultivated a culture of fun, ingenuity and innovation. We are changing lives, are you ready to make a difference?


The Position

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will provide technical expertise in supporting the development of machine learning efforts within protein and peptide design and prediction. This limited-term post-doctoral fellowship will design and execute experiments, ensuring data integrity, and communicating results across the organization and to external collaborators. The Post-Doctoral Fellow may represent the organization to the external scientific community through publication and presentation of research and through participation in external collaborations. This post-doctoral fellowship will be for 2 years with the possibility to extend one additional year pending projects.



Reports to of the director of the computational drug discovery department. This position will work under the supervision of CDD scientists and in close collaboration with other project teams in Seattle, Indianapolis and around the globe. Communicates data externally when required. Individual Contributor: does not manage other employees or contingent workers.


Essential Functions

  • Develop, implement, and test machine learning algorithms to design or predict peptides
  • Benchmark cutting-edge machine learning algorithms for peptide design and prediction
  • Collaborate, discuss, and learn from scientists across Novo Nordisk
  • Represent machine learning for peptide design and prediction internally and with external collaborators
  • Prepare and present research in top-leading journals or conferences



  • Doctoral degree required. Degree within machine learning or data science preferred
  • Little or no post-doctoral or other relevant experience can be considered
  • Relevant required experience includes computational biology, chemistry, or physics
  • Preferred experience includes: Experience a strong knowledge of machine learning for peptides or small molecules preferred. Experience with machine learning, deep learning, and advanced statistics. Knowledge of structural modelling of proteins or peptides preferred
  • Demonstrates excellent verbal and written communication skills


We commit to an inclusive recruitment process and equality of opportunity for all our job applicants.


At Novo Nordisk we recognize that it is no longer good enough to aspire to be the best company in the world. We need to aspire to be the best company for the world and we know that this is only possible with talented employees with diverse perspectives, backgrounds and cultures. We are therefore committed to creating an inclusive culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees, the patients we serve and communities we operate in. Together, we’re life changing.


Novo Nordisk is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal laws, rules or regulations.


Novo Nordisk requires all new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Novo Nordisk will consider requests for reasonable accommodation.


If you are interested in applying to Novo Nordisk and need special assistance or an accommodation to apply, please call us at 1-855-411-5290. This contact is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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