15 PhD positions: development of One Chemistry: Unified and interpretable deep neural networks model for drug discovery

Machine learning is changing our society, as exemplified by speech and image recognition applications. Also the life sciences change rapidly through the use of artificial intelligence, and it is expected that fields like drug development can take advantage of machine learning.

The main goal of the AIDD project is to train and prepare the next generation of scientists who need to have skills in both machine learning and drug discovery and will, after graduating, be able to contribute to speed up the drug development process.



The European Marie Skłodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funds the AIDD project that brings together twelve academic partners (Helmholtz Zentrum München (coordinator), Germany; Aalto University, Finland; Freie Universität Berlin, Germany; Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium; Johannes Kepler Universität Linz, Austria; The Swiss AI Lab IDSIA, Switzerland; TU Dortmund, Germany; Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands; Université du Luxembourg, Luxembourg; University of Vienna, Austria; Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain and Vancouver Prostate Center, University of British Columbia, Canada) as well as four industrial partners (AstraZeneca, Sweden; Bayer Aktiengesellschaft, Germany; Janssen Pharmaceutica NV , Belgium and Enamine Limited Liability Company, Ukraine).

The AIDD network offers 15 PhD fellowships.

The employed fellows will be supervised by academics who have solid technical expertise and have contributed to some of the fundamental AI algorithms which are used billions of times each day in the world, and by machine learning scientists working at pharmaceutical companies. The developed methods by the fellows will contribute to an integrated “One Chemistry” model that can predict outcomes ranging from different properties to molecule generation and synthesis. The network will offer comprehensive, structured training through a well-elaborated Curriculum, online courses, and six schools.

Each fellow will perform research 1.5 years at an academic partner and 1.5 years at an industrial partner.


More information and applications here.

Deadline: April 18st, 2021


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