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Senior Research Associate, In Vitro

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Start date
Jul 26, 2022

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Regulatory, Science/R&D, Research, Pathology
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
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Job Details

What would it take to do the best work of your career?

Recursion is the clinical-stage biotechnology company industrializing drug discovery by decoding biology. Recursion leverages sophisticated machine-learning algorithms to infer biological relationships. By commanding massive experimental scale — up to millions of wet lab experiments weekly — and massive computational scale — owning and operating one of the most powerful supercomputers in the world, Recursion is uniting technology, biology and chemistry to advance the future of medicine.

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, supporting better and faster work without burnout and encouraging 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.

Recursion Pharmaceuticals is at the forefront of re-imagining drug discovery through the integration of automated cell biology, high-dimensional and diverse data sets, and sophisticated analytics. We are seeking a Senior Research Associate to work on human pluripotent stem cell culture, molecular and functional characterizations, and daily reporting.

The Impact You’ll Make

  • Build - You will help us create a world class biology team that enables drug discovery and development at unprecedented speed, for compounds identified by our unique drug discovery platform
  • Deliver - Perform in vitro biology assays that generate the data that helps us understand and optimize our molecules
  • Achieve - Work with internal and external partners to rapidly deliver high-quality in vitro data to enable decision making on a rapidly growing portfolio of pre-clinical programs in oncology and neuroscience
  • Collaborate - Work in a cross-functional matrix organization with fellow biologists, chemists, data scientists, and data engineers with a passion for drug discovery

***This position requires you to work 2 weekend days per month, which in turn you will have 2 flex days off in the following weeks.***

The Team You’ll Join 

You'll join our newly formed team focused on the utilization of human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) to model neurodegenerative diseases. You will use state-of the art differentiation technology to generate advanced disease model’s at large scale and you will support our genome editing pipeline.

Your work will be highly collaborative, interactive, and multithreaded. You will interact closely with our Biology Team to utilize relevant assays, with our High-throughput Tissue Culture Core Facility Team (HTS TC) within Recursion’s Core Operations Department to enable scale, and with our computational biology groups to enable AI-driven drug discovery and therapeutics development.

The Experience You’ll Need

  • 5+ years industry experience working at the bench experience
  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in cell biology or related field
  • Experience with cell culture techniques and cell-based assays with primary or iPSC derived neurons, astrocytes, and/or microglia
  • Familiarity with data analysis and graphing software, such as Excel or Graphpad Prism
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment within a cross functional team
  • Strong interpersonal skills, desire to work in a team that trusts and support each other.
  • Attention to detail, the ability to accurately record experimental details and results
  • Experience working collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment
  • A desire to radically improve lives, transform the lives of patients, and discover novel therapeutics

Nice to have experience:

  • Experience with confocal or widefield fluorescence microscopy.
  • Experience with complex cell culture systems, primary cell culture or co-culture.
  • Experience with computer controlled automated laboratory equipment.
  • Experience with 96, 384 or 1536-well plates.
  • Familiarity with Spotfire or Cell Profiler.


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. 

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. 


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.

Find Us
383 S. Colorow Drive
Salt Lake City
United States
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