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Dow Chemical Cheminformatics Specialist in Midland, Michigan

Cheminformatics Specialist

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Date Posted:Mon, 29 Mar 2021

Position:Cheminformatics Specialist

Schedule:Full time

Job Number:R2014211

Primary location:

Country:United States of America


City:Midland (MI, USA)

Additional Locations:

Virtual Office-United States (USA)


Dowhas an exciting opportunity for aCheminformatics Specialistwithin the Toxicology & Environmental Research & Consulting (TERC) group.It would be preferable if the successful candidate can join our team inMidland, MI, but a remote role also may be possible.

The candidate will partner with members of TERC’s cheminformatics team to implement and review externally licensed computational models (Quantitative Structure Activity Relationship models [QSAR models]), support read-across and supervise computational model building. The successful candidate will interact with Dow toxicologists, businesses and R&D and shape the future cheminformatics strategy. This specialist will represent Dow’s program and perspectives on cheminformatics modeling in external forums. This position also involves supervision of cheminformatics team members.


  • Work with current cheminformatics leader to learn Dow’s approach to cheminformatics modeling and how this information is shared with and used by Dow stakeholders

  • Implement and review predictions from externally licensed QSAR models

  • Identify priorities for cheminformatics group and individual team members; assign tasks, interact with team, review read across/model outputs

  • Identify publicly available datasets for incorporation in Dow models

  • Develop strategies to build and evaluate Dow cheminformatics models using available workflows; identify approaches to improve models (e.g., fingerprinting, statistics)

  • Share modeling/read across results with Dow businesses and R&D; advise customers on utility and limitations of modeled data

  • Identify priorities and develop cheminformatic Strategic Research Program (SRP) projects to further develop program; integrate with other Predictive Tox priorities when appropriate

  • Develop and implement strategies to improve regulatory acceptance of Dow models

  • Represent Dow’s cheminformatics program in external venues (e.g., scientific meetings, QSAR expert groups, IATA implementation)

  • Mandatory compliance with work group, facility, and site EH&S policies

Job Skills/Duties:

  • Implement and review predictions from externally licensed QSAR models

  • Review read across, data, models developed by cheminformatics team and provide feedback as needed

  • Communicate results to TERC customers; track cheminformatic project work to show program value

  • Lead cheminformatics group by assigning tasks, assisting with employee development and training, providing input on overall employee performance

  • Develop future strategy for cheminformatics team (prioritize models, research, etc.); track the current state of the science in cheminformatics and regulatory utility

  • Support cheminformatics needs for TERC, R&D and Dow businesses as assigned by Group Leaders

Required Qualifications:

  • A minimum of a Ph.D. with relevant experience building models is required. A Ph.D. in Toxicology, Physiology, Chemistry, and/or Computer Programming are preferred.

  • Proficiency in model building tools is required; computer programming (KNIME, Python, R, Chem Sketch, SMILES/SMARTS codes) is preferred.

  • Strong leadership skills with ability to develop longer range research plan.

  • Strong written and verbal communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills to work with a variety of stakeholders (e.g., cheminformatics team, tox consultants, R&D, Dow businesses).

  • Effective multitasking and prioritization of required work to meet deadlines.

  • A minimum requirement for this U.S. based position is the ability to work legally in the United States. No visa sponsorship/support is available for this position, including for any type of U.S. permanent residency (green card) process.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Very strong background in organic chemistry with application to mammalian biology is preferred.

  • Critical thinking and careful attention to detail to develop, evaluate and troubleshoot cheminformatic models is preferred.

Note:Domestic relocation assistance is available for this role and may be provided based on eligibility.

Dow Offers:

  • A robust total rewards program, including: competitive base pay, variable pay that rewards individual, team, and Company performance, and comprehensive benefits

  • On-going learning opportunities within a diverse, inclusive and rewarding work environment

  • Career experiences that can span different Dow businesses and functions with opportunities for personal and professional growth

  • The chance to work within a global company and interact with colleagues from around the world

  • Opportunities that spark your imagination and ignite your passion to help others

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines global breadth, asset integration and scale, focused innovation and leading business positions to achieve profitable growth. The Company’s ambition is to become the most innovative, customer centric, inclusive and sustainable materials science company, with a purpose to deliver a sustainable future for the world through our materials science expertise and collaboration with our partners. Dow’s portfolio of plastics, industrial intermediates, coatings and silicones businesses delivers a broad range of differentiated science-based products and solutions for its customers in high-growth market segments, such as packaging, infrastructure, mobility and consumer care. Dow operates 106 manufacturing sites in 31 countries and employs approximately 35,700 people. Dow delivered sales of approximately $39 billion in 2020. References to Dow or the Company mean Dow Inc. and its subsidiaries. For more information, please visitwww.dow.comor follow@DowNewsroom (https://twitter.com/DowNewsroom) on Twitter.

As part of our dedication to the diversity of our workforce, Dow is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity without regard for race, color, national origin, ethnicity, gender, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We are also committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at http://www.dow.com/en-us/contact-us or you may call us at 1-800-523-3945.