Scripps Research

ABOUT US: Scripps Research is ranked the most influential institution in the world for its impact on innovation. We expand basic knowledge in the biosciences and use these fundamental advancements to develop profound innovations that improve wellbeing. Our educational and training programs mold talented and committed students and postdocs into leading edge scientists. Scientists in the institute’s five academic research departments work hand-in-hand with researchers of the Scripps Research Translational Institute and Calibr to merge foundational studies in biology, chemistry and computer science with translational science to produce pioneering drugs and advances in digital and precision medicine. Together, we cultivate new scientific leaders and expand the frontiers of knowledge to deliver medical breakthroughs to better human health around the globe. If you have a passion for making a difference, this could be your opportunity to join our transformative team.

POSITION TITLE: Research Programmer III

POSITION SUMMARY: The hiring laboratory is a highly multidisciplinary environment, which develops the popular molecular docking suite AutoDock, and is involved in building software infrastructure for molecular modeling, and in using the developed software in numerous drug discovery projects. We have a strong emphasis on data analysis and management for large molecular virtual screenings, as well as integration with other tools, to support our large user community. This position will focus on developing CLI and graphical user interfaces to explore, visualize, analyze, and share structural biology and chemoinformatics data, to improve the user-friendliness of AutoDock software.


Bachelor’s degree in computer science, Information Systems or related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience. A degree in a biological or chemical science may be accepted if accompanied with programming education, training, and/or experience.
Minimum of 4 years’ experience in software application development and research programming. Other work experience (including lab/bench work) may be accepted in conjunction with development and programming experience as determined by the hiring lab.
Experience with software development in Python
Experience working with OOP and Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

Familiarity with medicinal chemistry research and structure-based drug discovery
Bioinformatics or computational biology experience
Experience collaborating within an interdisciplinary team.
LOCATION: La Jolla, California with the possibility of Remote Employment within United States

COMPENSATION:  The expected hiring range for this position is $71,000 to $89,750 per year, commensurate with experience. Consideration will be given to experience that exceeds the listed requirements.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: This position works in an office environment. Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.


The expected hiring range for this position is $71,000 to $88,750, commensurate with experience. Consideration will be given to experience that exceeds the listed requirements.

The above statements describe the level of work performed and expected in general terms.  The statements are not intended to list all the responsibilities, duties and/or skills required of employees so classified, and the content herein is subject to change due to the business needs of Scripps Research, with or without notice.   Furthermore, nothing in this job description shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way the employment-at-will status of Scripps Research staff. 

EEO Statement:
The Scripps Research Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We promote diversity of thought, culture and background in the fields of science. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected characteristic or status. Underrepresented individuals are encouraged to apply.

COVID-19 update: 

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