Senior Software Engineer

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Dec 28, 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

This is a role for those who collaborate well with experts from both engineering and other departments in order to boldly deliver solutions that allow us to execute on our vision to decode biology to radically improve lives.

Examples of projects you can expect to work on:

  • Build a platform for experiment design. You’ll work cross functionally with biologists to create self-service and automated experiment design tools that feed into the world’s first fully automated biological laboratory, while allowing the scientists to focus on what biology they want to test rather than how it will be accomplished, while ensuring experiments are designed to generate high quality data that is relatable across time, disease models, and treatments.
  • Build a map of biology. Leveraging the inferential power of the deep learning models created by our in-house data scientists, you’ll enable scientists to explore a map of biology that infers relationships between diseases and treatments, guiding them quickly towards potential treatments that can then be validated in the lab.
  • Connect our high throughput screening lab with monitoring and downstream analysis. You’ll consume streaming data from our high throughput screening lab to monitor successful experiment execution, enable triage of anomalies and errors, track molecule identity and inventory, and support downstream analysis based on as-performed experiment conditions.
  • Build tools for new experiment validation pipelines. You’ll work closely with scientists, biologists, data scientists, and other software engineering teams to create tools and modify existing pipelines to enable earlier experiment validation. You’ll help automate the execution and analysis phases of the pipeline, as well as create tools for communicating results.

Every Recursion engineer acts as a mentor, coach, and sponsor. You will share your technical knowledge and experiences, resulting in an increase in learning, growth, and impact within and beyond your team.

The Team You’ll Join

Engineering is the glue at Recursion that ties everything together. From web applications for tracking reagent details and inventory, to designing and executing experiments, to real-time image compositing, to distilling and visualizing high-dimensional data, our efforts are focused on enabling scientists to quickly and confidently find cures and treatments. In doing this work you will collaborate with biologists, chemists, and data scientists to build the right tools and iterate on making the entire process quicker, easier, more reliable and more intuitive.

You’ll be moving through a full stack of software spanning user interfaces with behavior-based and user-centered designs, RESTful APIs, event streaming, and third-party integrations - seeking and providing feedback and making trade offs as you go to get to the right solution with the right amount of effort.

The Experience You’ll Need

  • Excitement to learn parts of our tech stack that you might not already know. Our current tech stack primarily consists of Python, Clojure, JavaScript (React), PostgreSQL, and Kafka, deployed to Kubernetes on Google Cloud Platform.
  • Experience collaborating to complete large projects. We don't have much in the way of project managers.
  • A people-first mindset. Despite the deadlines, we always prioritize supporting our coworkers in their growth and experience.
  • Adapt your workflow to include or improve your skills in writing tests for your code and automating deployments, logging, metrics collection, and monitoring.
  • Biology or chemistry background is not necessary, but intellectual curiosity is a must!


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.