Engineering Director: High Throughput Systems

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Nov 18, 2021
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Recursion is a clinical-stage biotechnology company decoding biology by integrating technological innovations across biology, chemistry, automation, data science and engineering to radically improve the lives of patients and industrialize drug discovery. Our team is working to solve some of the hardest, most meaningful problems facing human health today. Come join us in our mission to decode biology to radically improve lives, while doing the most impactful work of your life.


The Impact You’ll Make

Recursion is building a unique dataset—already over 1 million unique biological perturbations profiled in a high-dimensional cellular assay making up nearly 8 PB of relatable data—in service of our mission to industrialize drug discovery and decode biology.  To accomplish this we invest in areas of scale and assay diversity, meaning that scalable, reproducible, and biologically meaningful data generation are key to our success. 

In this context, the Engineering Director, High-Throughput Platform will be the most senior member of the Engineering team involved day-to-day in optimizing the High-Throughput Platform, identifying strategic changes that are needed in tooling and processes and building and fielding the high impact engineering team to deliver on the strategy you develop with the other members of the High-Throughput leadership. 

In this role, you will:

  • Collaborate with other leaders in data science, automation, engineering, and product to define the best opportunities to improve the scale, robustness, and performance of our high-throughput experiment platform.
  • Build and manage teams of engineers that will develop, maintain, and evolve critical tools and systems for enabling Recursion’s core screening technologies.
  • Guide the development of production-quality analytical tools, automated data curation processes, and new scalable phenotypic assays, and new assay technologies.
  • Deliver excellence in strategy, implementation, and application of technologies and processes which accelerate Recursion’s drug discovery efforts and asset pipeline.


The Team You’ll Join 

As Engineering Director, High-Throughput Platform, you will report to the VP of Engineering and serve as the primary representative of the Engineering department within our High-throughput Platform product group; directly and indirectly managing engineers embedded in highly cross-functional teams.  In this role, you will directly contribute to the creation and maintenance of project roadmaps in collaboration with other leaders in Data Science, Automation, Biology, and Product in service of Recursion high-level goals and long-term vision.


The Experience You’ll Need

  • Experience hiring and managing rapidly growing, highly collaborative teams of engineers.
  • Experience delivering data-driven tools, systems, and processes for production applications.
  • 7+ years of working experience on engineering teams.
  • Curiosity and the professional skill-set to excel in an open, highly collaborative, and growth-oriented environment.
  • Lifelong learner with a creative, collaborative approach and interest in growing in novel areas of biology, automation, data science and software engineering.


The Benefits/Perks You’ll Enjoy as a Full-Time Employee at Recursion: 

  • 100% Coverage of health, vision, and dental insurance premiums 
  • 401(k) with generous matching (immediate vesting)
  • Stock option, restricted stock unit (RSUs) and employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) programs
  • Two one-week paid company closures (summer and winter) 
  • Flexible vacation/sick leave
  • Generous paid parental leave (including adoptive)
  • Onsite daycare facility** (Salt Lake City)
  • Commuter benefit and vehicle parking to ease your commute** 
  • Complimentary chef-prepared lunches and well-stocked snack bars** (Salt Lake City)
  • Monthly fitness/wellness stipend 
  • One-of-a-kind 100,000 square foot headquarters complete with a 70-foot climbing wall, showers, lockers, and bike parking** (Salt Lake City)

**United States based employees

More About Us 

Central to our mission is the Recursion Operating System, or Recursion OS, that combines an advanced infrastructure layer to generate what we believe is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing proprietary biological and chemical datasets and the Recursion Map, a suite of custom software, algorithms, and machine learning tools that we use to explore foundational biology unconstrained by human bias and navigate to new biological insights which may accelerate our programs. We are a biotechnology company scaling more like a technology company. Recursion is proudly headquartered in Salt Lake City. 

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Recursion is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity and inclusion.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, local, or provincial human rights legislation. 

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