Director, Bioinformatics Applications

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.

The Impact You’ll Make

The Recursion Map of Biology is a unique platform integrating genome-scale reverse genetics and chemical profiling -- with over 1 million unique biological perturbations profiled -- in a high-dimensional, uniform biological assay to predict tens of billions of relationships between biological perturbations and therapeutic candidates. The Director, Bioinformatics Applications position offers a unique opportunity to develop applications of cutting-edge -omics technologies to validate and dissect the mechanisms of models of disease and therapeutic candidates to accelerate their progress to the clinic.

In this role, you, your team, and your colleagues will:

  • Develop Recursion’s strategy for applying molecular -omics technologies, including scaled transcriptomics, proteomics, and single-cell readouts, to validate phenotypic models of disease and therapy and to derive molecular biomarkers of response.
    • Manage and Guide a team of bioinformaticians, data scientists, and computational biologists in executing the above strategy to transform therapeutic validation and biomarker discovery across multiple therapeutic areas from bespoke assays into “software problems” executing on a shared experimental backend.
  • Collaborate with other leaders in data science, biology, and chemistry to define both computational and experimental strategy in selection of new assays and applications.
  • Deliver excellence in strategy, implementation, and application of in vitro omics techniques to accelerate Recursion’s drug discovery efforts and asset pipeline.
The Team You’ll Join

As Director, Bioinformatics Applications, you will report to the VP, Data Science and lead our applied bioinformatics efforts: building a team of bioinformaticians, data scientists, and computational biologists focused on delivering applications of molecular -omics assays to dissect the behavior of phenotypic models of disease and treatment, in service of validating therapeutic and biomarker hypotheses to advance candidates towards the clinic. In your role, working together with colleagues in other areas of Data Science, Biology, and Product, you will define Recursion’s roadmap for scalable in vitro validation in service of Recursion’s high-level goals and long-term vision.


  • 5 or more years post-PhD (or equivalent) experience conducting and guiding research at the cutting edge of applied computational biology, investigating areas such as mechanisms of complex disease, spatial heterogeneity and temporal evolution of complex phenotypes, or therapeutic response, using molecular -omics methods including transcriptomics, proteomics, and single-cell or spatial techniques.
  • Experience with bioinformatics workflows in Python (preferred) or R in a Linux/Unix environment for methods development and scaleup.
  • Experience hiring, managing, and mentoring rapidly growing, highly collaborative teams of bioinformaticians, computational biologists, and/or data scientists.
  • Outstanding past projects, publications, or presentations conveying a vision for how to bring in vitro molecular assays to bear on therapeutics discovery.
  • Curiosity and the professional skill-set to excel in an open, highly collaborative, and growth-oriented environment.


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.