Senior Scientist / Principal Scientist, Computational Biology, Neuroscience

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Nov 28, 2021
Required Education
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

In this role, you will be at the forefront of reimagining neuroscience drug discovery using Recursion’s unique capacity to perform >1 million experiments per week. You will have the freedom and support to lead multiple computational and/or therapeutics projects from inception to preclinical development, with the ultimate goal of bringing life-changing therapeutics to patients living with neurological or neurodegenerative disease. 


  • Integrate and analyze pre-clinical internal and public domain datasets to generate and evaluate hypotheses for new disease indications, drug discovery, biomarker development and mechanism of action
  • Accelerate translational neuroscience discovery through your ability to design and productionize analyses, data integration, and data interpretation
  • Drive collaborations with internal groups and external partners for target nomination, in-vitro and in-vivo validation, data science, and machine learning
  • Work cross-functionally with Recursion’s data science and drug development teams to further advance Recursion’s ability to interpret and translate large-scale phenomics data into therapeutic programs
  • Lead drug discovery programs in neuroscience and rare disease


  • Use established bioinformatic analysis pipelines and propose innovative solutions to integrate and interpret -omics data types including genomics, transcriptomics, single cell sequencing, proteomics, and metabolomics using appropriate computational and statistical methods
  • Create visualizations, interpret high dimensional data, and explain results to cross-functional teams
  • Work collaboratively with data scientists and data engineering groups to enhance our computational infrastructure, user interface, query, and visualization capabilities
  • Present data effectively to participants across levels and functional groups in the organization
  • Iterate quickly to move from ideation to validation on multiple projects at an accelerated pace

The Team You’ll Join 

We are building diverse and collaborative drug discovery teams that are data-driven from the ground up. Our group is a bold, agile, interdisciplinary collective of biological, computational, drug discovery, and machine learning scientists deeply focused on the singular goal of bringing new therapeutics to patients at an accelerated pace. You will lead project strategy and execution within a small group of project leaders, and collaborate extensively with data scientists, chemists, engineers, commercial strategists, and biologists throughout the organization to advance milestones and provide insights to advance Recursion’s capabilities. Essential attributes to this role include a bold, execution-first attitude and passion for deploying rigorous science to bring life-changing therapies to patients. 

The Experience You’ll Need

  • PhD in a relevant field (neuroscience, bioinformatics, statistics) and 5+ years of experience or MS in a relevant field and 8+ years of experience. 
  • Demonstrated experience mining and integrating large multimodal data sets (including proteomics, transcriptomics, GWAS, genomics; in-house or publicly available) to identify targets and/or pathways relevant to drug discovery. Industry drug discovery experience preferred. 
  • Strong data visualization skills
  • Fluency and experience working with high-level programming language such as Python or R for complex data analysis 
  • Experience leading drug discovery teams and efficiently advancing projects through proof of concept to preclinical
  • Understanding of current state of therapeutic development and ability to drive scientific strategy
  • Demonstrated ability to carry and prioritize among multiple projects 


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.