Scientist, External Research Manager - In Vitro Pharmacology

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Jan 14, 2022
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.

Building a map of human biology is uncharted territory. Come help us pave the way.

Six years ago, Recursion was manufacturing and staining plates by hand. Today, we’re able to process and scan more than a million experiments every week. In the last year we’ve been able to take a compound from screen to preclinical data package in almost six months and put multiple molecules in the clinic with line of sight to our impact on patients. 

Draw a line from six years ago to today and you’ll understand that Recursion is a very different kind of company. You cannot make these kinds of leaps just by adding incubators, fluorescent microscopes, and robots to automate processes at scale. Our drug discovery strategies are map and data-driven rather than target and exec-driven, revealing destinations you might never have considered. 

While we offer cutting-edge tools and an amazing lab, the secret sauce is our people. Our organization structure and culture isn't driven by politics or ego, it is designed first and foremost to help you do your best work. We live and work by values that we see as the strategic differentiators that give us a competitive advantage, cultive better and faster work without burnout and encourage us to make leaps where others take steps. This is a place where people in every role and every level make the bold bets that create large leaps forward on a regular basis.

You’ll be joining Recursion at an interesting time, both for the company and for the world. The global pandemic has reinforced in everyone’s mind not only the importance of therapeutics, but also the critical value that accelerating every phase of drug discovery and development can provide. For most, the notion that “patients can’t wait” is abstract; COVID-19 has made this concept all too real for millions, even billions, worldwide. 

Can you do strategy and bench work in the same job? More to the point, can you do it in a place with the resources you need and a line of sight to impact on patients? Recursion has been purpose-built to do things that have quite literally never been done before, making your work feel more like a “calling” than any other job you’ve ever had before.

The Impact You’ll Make

  • Deploy your experience and creativity to enhance the in vitro strategy of a large suite of programs
  • Build strong relationships with external research partners
  • Identify new and bold opportunities to accelerate drug programs
  • Partner with drug discovery project teams to coordinate research efforts and streamline assay development and data sharing
  • Facilitate studies across multiple programs

The Team You’ll Join

Reporting to the Director, Translational Oncology, you will join a truly cross-functional team of data scientists, engineers, chemists and biologists, engaging Recursion’s world-class drug discovery technology and genomic datasets, to discover and advance therapeutic programs. This role will expand and accelerate decentralized execution of preclinical assays in partnership with biology, chemistry and computational biology team members.

The Experience You’ll Need

  • PhD in relevant field (oncology or immuno-oncology) and 3+ years of experience or MS in a relevant field and 5+ years of experience
  • Experience in planning, development, management, and execution of small molecule assays
  • Experience driving in vitro studies at CROs testing experimental compounds
  • Oversight of data collection, analysis and reporting of in vitro studies
  • A drive to stay up-to-date on upcoming assay technology and methods
  • Familiarity with software for analyzing assay data (e.g. KNIME, Spotfire, Graphpad Prism) and ability to advise project teams on data interpretation
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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

Recursion requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their first date of employment.

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.