Funded PhD Position with Academic & Industry Training

Funded PhD Position with Academic & Industry Training

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full time, fixed term position as PhD student with the company ProtoQSAR and in collaboration with the University of Valencia (Spain). The appointment will be on a temporary basis for a maximum period of three years (regular full-time employment contract). The candidate will be hired by ProtoQSAR and develop the doctoral thesis in the University of Valencia.

Information on project/centre

A call for one PhD position with three-year funding is open under the supervision of Dr. Rafael Gozalbes of ProtoQSAR, Valencia, Spain (

The central scientific objective will be to develop a multitask expert system based on deep neural networks for the prediction of hepatotoxicity.

Job Description:

The successful candidate will participate in an Industrial Doctorate program and benefit from a scientific collaboration of high-profile academic and industry partners offering state-of-the-art research facilities, as well as an ambitious training plan.


The successful candidate will:

  • Assist to several training on cheminformatics courses.
  • Develop and assess innovative means of modelling and predicting toxicity under the advice and training of academic and industry mentors.

Essential Requirements:

  • Have a B.Sc. or M.Sc. degree (1.1) in toxicology, pharmacology, bioinformatics or related field.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Good reading & written English level.
  • Knowledge or basic background on chemoinformatics and molecular modelling.
  • Scripting (Python) and/or programming (Java, C++) skills.
  • Interest in medicinal chemistry and drug discovery.
  • Ability to interact with colleagues and staff, and to communicate complex information clearly.
  • Ability to organise resources, manage time and meet deadlines.


Salary according to the worth of the candidate

Start date: Position is available from January 1, 2021

Further information on research and working at ProtoQSAR is available at

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To Apply:

Applications to include a covering letter and a CV should be sent, via e-mail (in word or PDF only) to Dr Rafael Gozalbes,