Full Stack Software Engineer

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Apr 24, 2022
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Working here could change what you want from a job

If you made a list of all the things your perfect job would have, what would be on it? Would it include a mission that truly justified the word “mission?” Would it involve being part of one of the best scientific research and production labs in the world creating petabytes of insight-rich data? Would it be a place filled with smart people all trying to help you do the best work of your career? Would it have leadership that could see an almost science fiction-like future and was looking to you to get there?

Recursion is the clinical-stage biotechnology company industrializing drug discovery by decoding biology. Recursion leverages sophisticated machine-learning algorithms to distill from its dataset the Recursion Map, a collection of hundreds of billions of searchable inferences across biology and chemistry unconstrained by human bias.

Recursion has been purpose-built to do things that have quite literally never been done before. And while we have resources and an amazing lab, the secret sauce is our people. They are the ones who make big bets and deal in orders of magnitude instead of thinking incrementally, and the result is clear: Eight years ago, we were doing plate manufacturing by hand. Today, we are able to process and scan more than a million experiments every week. 

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 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. Every week, you’ll work hand-in-glove with our data and science teams, turning 1.8 million+ weekly automated experiments into a map of human biology. 

It is an audacious goal, but it isn’t a dream or science fiction. We’re already doing it.

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.

  • Build a map of biology. Leveraging the power of 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.
  • Create highly usable interfaces meeting user workflow needs. Our tools need to help scientists generate disease treatment hypotheses without getting in the way. We partner with scientists to understand their workflows and build and refine the way they interact with data, enabling them to work as efficiently as possible.
  • Streamline data processing pipelines. New experiment data from our wet labs is constantly added to a large data set that sits at the heart of our applications. You will play a role in building and refining the pipelines that get this data from the lab to our apps automatically, and in ensuring that the data can be accessed efficiently by not only our own apps, but also by our team of data scientists for running ad-hoc analyses.

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

  • 1+ year professional engineering experience.
    Excitement to learn parts of our tech stack that you might not already know. Our current tech stack primarily consists of Python, 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.

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

More About Recursion 

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. 

Learn more at www.recursion.com, or connect on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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.