Data Scientist

June 11, 2021 | |

Data Scientist, 48Hour Discovery

Founded in 2017, 48Hour Discovery (48HD) is a Canadian biotechnology company with headquarters in  Edmonton, AB and satellite sites in San Diego, California and Seoul, South Korea. The 48HD genetically-encoded platform technology offers rapid discovery of pharmaceutical leads in the peptide / macrocycle therapeutic space to major pharmaceutical companies (example: ).

We are currently seeking a creative and motivated data scientist to join our team. The ideal candidate will have strong prior knowledge of chemistry, biochemistry and experience with machine learning that involves chemical/molecular structures. This candidate will combine the knowledge of Machine Learning and chemical/molecular structures to develop automate, reusable models for predictive analytics in the peptide/macrocycle space.

Primary Responsibilities

This is a key position in developing the platform to discover future pharmaceutical leads while driving the adoption of AI. All applicants must be prepared to provide demonstrated experience in the following:

  • Extensive knowledge in chemistry and/or biochemistry including chemical/molecular structures.
  • Work with structured and unstructured raw data to design and develop innovative predictive models using machine learning techniques.
  • Visualize and report data findings creatively in various visual formats that provide insights.

Additional consideration will be given to individuals with experience in the following:

  • Work with Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) data.
  • Data collected from phage display experiments.
  • Bioinformatics background.


  • MSc or PhD in Computer Science, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computational Biology, Molecular Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry or a related discipline, with (at minimum) graduate-level courses in machine learning, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Minimum 2 years in implementing Machine Learning software.
  • Extensive knowledge in chemistry and/or biochemistry. Familiar with chemical/molecular structure.
  • Strong research experience in machine learning, preferably in deep neural network architectures.
  • Proficient in deep learning frameworks like PyTorch and scientific computing packages. Able to implement an algorithm as described in an academic paper using these frameworks in quality code.
  • Strong computer science background, with experience in object-oriented programming, systems design, data structures and algorithms. Proficient in Python and/or R, with an interest in learning new languages.
  • Familiarity with source control (Git) and Unix systems.
  • Efficient written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present to a wide range of audiences.

This full-time position has a term length of 18 month, with the possibility of extension, and offers a comprehensive benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

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