Senior Software Engineer

Milpitas, California, United States
Jan 16, 2022
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

  • Build a platform for compound validation and biomarkers discovery. You'll work cross functionally with biologists, data scientists to create a self-service, automated and scalable data acquisition and management system which will support the extraction of pre-clinical insights.
  • Take ownership of a large codebase spanning from backend to frontend database integration logic. You will develop, maintain, refactor and improve the existing application and new features to make it better serve the needs of biologists, data scientists, lab personnel. Demand for a responsive service and high data volumes is always increasing and you will improve application usability by providing access to data generated by thousands of distributed devices on a 24/7 basis.
  • Integrate our biomarkers discovery platform with other systems across Recursion and third party platforms. Recursion ecosystem is constantly evolving and you will be in charge of connecting applications you own with other systems to increase collaboration, information sharing and reduce data flow frictions between components. You will be in close contact with infrastructure engineers, data scientists, field engineers and biologists to provide and acquire feedback in the effort to produce discovery platform improvements.
  • Act 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 the team.


The Team You'll Join

You will join the InVivomics team at Recursion, a team of seven engineers consisting of data scientists, infrastructure engineer, DevOps and field engineers, focused on helping Recursion decode biology by building compound validation and biomarkers discovery platform. You'll work with your teammates and across departments to agree on what the most important challenges and capabilities are, then figure out how to get us there. You'll move through a full stack of software spanning user interfaces with behavior-based and user-centered designs, RESTful APIs, event streaming, and third-party integrations - looking for 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

  • A solid understanding of computer science fundamentals with 5+ years of professional software development.
  • Experience collaborating to complete large projects and maintain large applications.
  • Learn tools from the nooks and crannies of software engineering, for example: knowledge of operating system basics, managing databases and database migrations; user experience design; and measuring, and supporting the systems we build.
  • Adapt your workflow to include or improve your skills in writing tests for your code and automating deployments, logging, metrics collection, and monitoring.
  • Excitement to learn parts of our tech stack that you might not already know. Our current tech stack uses Linux, Python, Django, JavaScript, React and the pydata libraries, along with Kafka, PostgreSQL, Docker, and Kubernetes, a time-series database, ElasticSearch, on cloud services provided by Amazon's AWS platform.
  • Biology 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.