Careers at CDD

Join us in our mission to make drug discovery truly collaborative

CDD Vault is the leading hosted collaborative drug discovery informatics platform. Every day, scientists around the world manage, analyze and securely collaborate around their data using CDD Vault. This type of collaboration is crucial to research on under-funded diseases like Tuberculosis and Malaria and also provides a strategic, competitive advantage in commercial markets. CDD Vault is currently being used by multiple projects that are seeking therapies for COVID-19.

Our long list of customers includes academic labs, biotechs, big pharmas, government laboratories, as well as leading funders of collaborations like the NIH, the EU FP7, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

CDD is funded by Omidyar Network, The Founders Fund, Eli Lilly, and other prominent investors.

Work & Benefits

We think the world has seen too many ugly scientific applications. We care about usability and details. Our team ships code quickly and iteratively. We think design and community management are as important as great technology.   We believe in making complex technology simple for scientists.

We believe a few great people can make a big difference. We strive to embody our name and empower every CDD employee to do their best work. This means working collaboratively, and giving every person ownership and responsibilities.

We also offer the following attractive benefits:

  • Competitive salaries and meaningful equity
  • Comprehensive insurance (medical, dental, vision, 401k)
  • Family-friendly flexible schedules plus four weeks vacation or paid-time-off
  • CDD's main office is centrally located in Burlingame, California, and we also welcome applications from remote candidates
  • An innovative, collaborative, accepting culture

Software Engineer or Senior Software Engineer

You will have a huge impact on how we design, build and deliver our application. You should be a generalist and enjoy working across the software stack. Our current technologies include Ruby (Rails), React, Redux, MySQL, and Elasticsearch.

We look for engineers who love finding efficient, thoughtful, and highly useable solutions to a variety of technical and product challenges. You should strive to write maintainable code with strong tests.

Sample projects include:

  • Building our Electronic Lab Notebook and visualization suite with modern front-end tools
  • Designing a data model and UX that allows scientists to invite collaborators and selectively share data with them
  • Extending our API for third party developers and integrations
  • Improving our DevOps tools and infrastructure-as-code
  • Optimizing import, export and computation of large data sets

To apply, please contact [email protected] with your resume, cover letter, and links to things you've built.

Conditions: We consider applicants seeking full-time employment as a permanent employee. This position is open to remote candidates.

Software Engineering Intern

By interning with us, you will:

  • Work on a real project that matters; write software that will be deployed live and be used by all our customers
  • Get firsthand experience working on a live, multi-tenant, hosted application with very frequent updates
  • Use a variety technologies and languages (Ruby, Rails, RSpec, React, and Redux, to name a few)
  • Experience what it is to work in a well-organized software development team
  • Help improve a cutting-edge scientific collaboration platform used by industry, foundations and academia
  • Write code to perform statistical calculations to process and summarize data
  • Develop rich interfaces for scientific data presentation and comparison

The ideal intern has some combination of the following:

  • Currently pursuing a BS, MS or PhD in computer science (cheminformatics or bioinformatics a plus)
  • Has a strong software foundation including OOP and algorithms
  • Is proficient in at least one programing language (ideally Ruby or JavaScript)
  • Has a passion for (or a strong interest in) TDD and agile development
  • Knows Rails or another comparable web application development framework

To apply, please contact [email protected] with your resume, cover letter, and links to things you have built.

Conditions: We welcome and sponsor students/trainees under J1 visas.

Operations Manager / System Administrator / DevOps

As the first full-time member of the operations team, you will be in charge of the infrastructure used to deliver the CDD Vault application. We have cabinets in two data centers and also run instances of our application on AWS.

We believe in infrastructure-as-code. We are looking for someone who is already skilled at automating infrastructure management, or someone who has a SysAdmin background and a strong desire to strengthen their coding skills. You will be given significant leeway to do your job the way you think is best.

The ideal candidate has experience with a lot of the following:

  • Linux/Unix systems administration
  • Firewall and VPN configuration
  • Configuration management (Puppet)
  • Database replication, backups, and monitoring (MySQL)
  • Network and OS security hardening, monitoring, and auditing

... and a desire to learn about the rest.

You must:

  • Be able to participate in weekly on-call rotation with two other employees
  • Be independent, meticulous, and result-driven

To apply, please contact [email protected] with your resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to work with us. This position is open to remote candidates.

Software Engineer for Informatics and Machine Learning

You will take on an important role within the BioAssay Express project, which is the first drug discovery platform for assay informatics. You will be using multiple front- and back-end technologies (e.g. Java, TypeScript/JavaScript, Apache Tomcat, jQuery, OpenNLP, among others) to extend and improve an enterprise web application.

Primary tasks include:

  • Improving the natural language processing and machine learning technology for predicting assay annotations from existing information
  • Maintaining the underlying ontology-based annotation system for integration with the greater semantic web
  • Designing a quality control infrastructure to validate new versions of the platform and releasing to multiple sites in real time
  • Refining the user interface in response to feedback from scientists

Familiarity with the underlying technologies is desirable but not essential: you must be able to learn quickly, and have a passion for making a difference to modern drug discovery.

To apply, please contact [email protected] with your resume and cover letter explaining why you would like to work with us.

Designer: Application, Front-End, Marketing

Seeking a designer or design team who can continue developing our aesthetic and assist us with a variety of tasks.

We're looking for someone who can handle web application interface design from idea generation to delivery of fully functional HTML templates using CSS/SASS/JavaScript (front-end development). Experience with responsive web design is a plus.

Our awesome design team over the past 2 years had to close shop so we're seeking a replacement who can pick up where they left off. We have a steady stream of design requirements from polishing existing UI to developing brand new modules within our product as well as more general improvements to our marketing website. We know our market well and handle most of the UX in-house so we need a team that can communicate effectively.

CDD Vault, our product, is a hosted collaborative drug discovery informatics platform. Every day, scientists around the world manage, analyze and securely collaborate around their data using CDD Vault. This type of cheminformatics tool is crucial for underfunded diseases like Tuberculosis and Malaria, and provides a strategic, competitive advantage in commercial markets.

Please contact [email protected].

Pre-/Post-Sales Application Scientist (Europe/US)

CDD is a growing scientific software company with a sustainably expanding researcher community using the CDD Vault to archive, mine and collaborate around drug discovery data. We are looking for leading, experienced Customer (Community) Support professionals. This important position will support both pre- and post-sales support efforts to biologists and chemists in both industry and academia.  Priority will be given to candidates with domain-relevant experience (Chemistry or Biology at another database vendor like MDL/Symyx, Accelrys, CambridgeSoft, IDBS, etc) demonstrating skills supporting real customer needs. Our software helps chemists and biologists manage and collaborate around their drug discovery data. We believe the innovative approach enabled by our technology dramatically reduces the risk and improves the efficiency of the drug discovery process, an important goal that affects both humanitarian and commercial markets. Our software is currently used by leading academic researchers (at Stanford, Harvard, University of Dundee, etc.) working on finding drugs for developing-world infectious diseases, as well as leading industry players (Lilly, Genentech, Amgen, etc). You will help our customers in their quest to alleviate significant human suffering.

Primary Responsibilities (Chemistry and/or Biology background presumed):

  • Proficient in Office, experienced in Excel
  • Routinely use excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Manage multiple tasks and responsibilities in a changing environment
  • Great attention to detail
  • Take initiative and responsibility for customer satisfaction (or better yet delight)

Job Description:

Assist in supporting both pre- and post-sales. Help new customer prospects organize their data and upload it into the database. Teach people how to use the software and devise new upload methods to cut-down on pre-processing time. Schedule meetings and keep up communications with existing customers. Gather monthly reports for existing customers to ensure the product is meeting their needs.

  • Additional Plusses for supporting sales in addition to customers.
  • Develop client accounts to ensure company sales and revenue goals are met.
  • Experience with personalized group emailing programs such as mail merge required.
  • Help refine sales messaging to optimize sales process (maximize % closing and minimize sales cycle period).
  • Develop productive relationships and maintain contact with key account personnel.
  • Identify potential client's key players and influencers. Work to develop ongoing productive relationships with them.
  • Research customer's business situation and discover needs and objectives.
  • Market and prospect for new customers.
  • Maintain company prospect active email lists.
  • Collaborate with management to develop initiatives that could directly or indirectly affect or impact sales.
  • Gain a full understanding of all company product, services and capabilities.
  • Ensure that marketing and sales productivity is captured via timely reporting.


  • BS, MS, or PhD degree all acceptable (ideally in chemistry or biology)
  • Competent, Capable, Compatible
  • Experience with technical (software) support ideally for drug discovery informatics
  • DB experience a plus (with Molecular Registration or SAR Databases a real plus)
  • Experience supporting accounts for customers using molecular registration or SAR database software at a vendor like MDL-Symyx, Accelrys, Cambridgesoft, IDBS, etc given top consideration
  • Strong work ethic and people skills (sensitivity to others)
  • Experience engaging scientists
  • Be available to work at company in Burlingame (5 min south of SFO off HWY 101)
  • Background in consumer products and a passion for the CDD product
  • Positive, high-energy, interactive personality (comfort with people)
  • Strong detail-orientation and great follow up skills
  • Excellent computer skills (mass mailings, sales CRM, Microsoft Office, web, etc.)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Leadership, initiative, responsibility, and creativity are needed
  • A flexible team player

CDD offers a fast-paced, exciting environment. We offer competitive salaries as well as health insurance, and equity participation – as well as the excitement of working in a fast-paced environment with enthusiastic colleagues. What you do will really matter. Interested candidates should send resume, salary history and cover letter to [email protected]

Business Development/Sales Professional

CDD is a refreshingly enjoyable place to work on the customer-facing sides.  CDD's support is legendary, as you can read first-hand in all the enthusiastic customers in the Spotlight Interviews here.   You will be working with wonderful colleagues who treat you like family and work together to delight customers. Across the product management, software development, support, and marketing functions, you will have a number of top tier resources at your fingertips to delicately nurture leads into prospects and customers.  CDD has tripled it's sales force in the past year to meet rapidly growing demand for CDD Vault. Come join a winning team, selling the platform gaining momentum in our marketplace.

You need experience successfully selling to scientists in our domain in a manner that makes customers like CDD even more after they sign on.  Your responsibility will be to generate new customers from our increasing CDD Vault leads funnel. Hopefully, you are well connected and can even add some of your own relationships into the mix.

Your Profile:

We are looking for a trustworthy, high integrity sales professional who will accelerate our short-term business growth while simultaneously increasing our brand-awareness for the long-term. Ideally, you are a Ph.D. scientist with sales experience plus a software/informatics industry background.

You have a friendly outgoing personality yet you know how to listen (do you have “active listening” skills or training?) so you can offer the best solution to your prospects and make them happy customers.

During your career, you have already mastered at least one formal sales methodology such as “solution selling”, SPIN”, “BANT”, “Challenger Sales” or similar.

More important – you need to be quick, responsive, ready to hit the ground running (we have a lot of leads coming in which all need to be taken care of) and ultimately enjoy working with those nice humans on the other end. We look for individuals who are self-motivated and will take initiative at all stages of the sales cycle (leads-suspects-prospects-customers-referrals from customers).  The focus will be on winning new, loyal customers. You should be equally comfortable with written and oral communication, whether in person or via video conference, with an individual or a group.  You must balance short-term execution, while prioritizing long-term value creation (for both the customer and CDD).

You are “fluent” with basic productivity tools, CRM, databases, email, inbound marketing, and are both open and fast to learn new tools and techniques (collaborative tools, social media, etc).

Travel will be necessary and it is equally important – if not more – to be proficient working remotely via phone and web. Strong communication and writing skills are a must.

If you only satisfy a portion of the criteria above, please don’t be shy and give it a try. We will help the right person evolve to find and unfold their potential. We have a good eye for developing talent and the right potential matters as much as the right experience.

Please apply either directly to Sylvia at [email protected] or send your resume to [email protected]