Scientist/Sr. Scientist, In Vitro Pharmacology - Assay Development

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Dec 28, 2021
Required Education
Associate 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

  • Develop - Apply your knowledge and hands-on industry experience to build the miniaturized assays necessary to inform on the efficacy and activity of our treatment candidates.
  • Influence - Get your recommendations and proposals for the technologies, assays, and model systems adopted by the teams at Recursion and watch your ideas drive our discovery programs forward at a faster pace.
  • Mentor - Utilize your management experience and growth mindset to develop the associates, scientists, or other teammates that may or may not directly report into you into the professionals they want to be.
  • Collaborate - Work in a cross-functional matrix organization with translational biologists, chemists, data scientists, commercial and business development representatives, and software engineers to deliver the data necessary to move our programs forward.

The Teams You’ll Join 

With treatments for hundreds of diseases in our sights, we have many teams you will be joining. Your core team identifies, builds, and executes biological assays necessary to drive Recursion’s discovery programs forward. You’ll also be a part of multiple cross functional teams composed of many diverse roles that come together to propose new programs or products and/or drive forward the current programs to the clinic and help Recursion achieve its mission. 

The Experience You’ll Need

  • 5+ years of applicable experience developing miniaturized cell-free and cell-based assays for small-molecule drug discovery (1536-well plate experience is a plus, but not necessary).
  • An understanding of the pros, cons, and trade-offs of different plate-reader and multi-well plate technologies.
  • Intimate familiarity with the industry standards for assay development such as those outlined in the Assay Guidance Manual published by NCATS.
  • Demonstrated professional influence such as published papers, graduate theses, patents, and/or institutional programs or projects.
  • Demonstrated experience mentoring for career development through the promotion of direct reports; and providing scientific and developmental feedback to junior associates and scientists.
  • Experience selecting and managing CROs is desirable.


The Values That We Hope You Share:

  • We Care: We care about our drug candidates, our Recursionauts, their families, each other, our communities, the patients we aim to serve and their loved ones. We also care about our work.
  • We Learn: Learning from the diverse perspectives of our fellow Recursionauts, and from failure, is an essential part of how we make progress.
  • We Deliver: We are unapologetic that our expectations for delivery are extraordinarily high. There is urgency to our existence: we sprint at maximum engagement, making time and space to recover. 
  • Act Boldly with Integrity: No company changes the world or reinvents an industry without being bold. It must be balanced; not by timidity, but by doing the right thing even when no one is looking.
  • We are One Recursion: We operate with a 'company first, team second' mentality. Our success comes from working as one interdisciplinary team.

Recursion spends time and energy connecting every aspect of work to these values. They aren’t static, but regularly discussed and questioned because we make decisions rooted in those values in our day-to-day work. You can read more about our values and how we live them every day here.

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.