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Sr Director, High Throughput Screening

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Start date
May 28, 2024

Job Details

Your work will change lives. Including your own. 

The Impact You’ll Make

Recursion is at the forefront of reimagining drug discovery through the integration of automated cell biology, high-dimensional and diverse data sets, and sophisticated analytics. We are seeking a Senior Director who will lead our production team that is responsible for the execution of kinetic multimodal/omic data generation in support of industrialized workflows and map exploration activities.. To assure success, as a leader within the biology platform you will collaborate with other platform teams to assure robust productionalization of new technologies and assays for both internal and partner programs. 

In this role you will:

  • Empower by mentoring and developing a highly capable production team that executes work across 4 shifts, 7 days a week, 16 hours per day
  • Innovate by Partnering with Software Engineering, Automation, and Assay Development teams to assure constant improvement as we rapidly deploy new technologies and assay to the platform
  • Scale and adapt operation to enable increasing complexity in our automated cell biology platform while maintaining an agile and flexible operation  
  • Build relationships with key collaborators to assure rapid productionalization of technologies or methodologies


This position is based at our headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Relocation will be available for candidates who are not local to the area.  

The Team You’ll Join 

Reporting to the Vice President of Biology Platform, you will join a high performing and mission- focused team.  The team is tenacious and focuses on challenging the status quo while simultaneously delivering high quality data.

The Experience You’ll Need

  • A background in Biology, Chemistry, Engineering or related fields with 10+ years experience working across multiple relevant functions including systems engineering, high throughput laboratory automation, process development, and translational teams
  • Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline, a graduate degree is desirable
  • In-depth experience running and scaling high throughput laboratory operations with direct experience in multi-dimensional assays such as phenomics, NGS, Mass Spectrometry 
  • Experience in compound/biological material management with a background in LIMs development and integration is highly desirable
  • Demonstrated ability to align on the tactics and strategies needed for successful operations and influence cross-functionally to translate innovative technology visions into operational reality
  • Proven leadership and strong reputation with developing and empowering high capability production teams
  • Excellent organizational, planning and analytical skills
  • Familiarity and experience in the concepts of Lean/Six Sigma, Industrial Engineering or Familiarity Factor are highly desirable

How You’ll be Supported

  • Integration: high capability leadership team that will help to orient you to biology platform operations
  • Training: access to multimedia training material that will allow you to quickly come up to speed on all that is recursion.
  • Development: participate in coaching, like BetterUp, for leadership skills and development programs
  • Networking: attend conferences to learn more from colleagues, networks, and more to better your skillset


At Recursion, we believe that every employee should be compensated fairly. Based on the skill and level of experience required for this role, the estimated current annual base range for this role is:

  • Developing: $225,000
  • Skilled: $250,000
  • Expert: $275,000

To learn more about our level within levels, click here.

You will also be eligible for bonuses and equity compensation + our comprehensive benefits package for United States based candidates. The range displayed on each job posting reflects target ranges for US new hire salaries and is determined by job, level, and market factors.  

During the interview selection process, you will connect with a Talent Acquisition Partner who will be your advocate and ally to ensure you receive the appropriate compensation that meets your needs for your skills, experience, and relevant education/training, while also reviewing our very competitive total rewards package.

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.

More About Recursion 

Recursion is a clinical stage TechBio company leading the space by decoding biology to industrialize drug discovery. Enabling its mission is the Recursion OS, a platform built across diverse technologies that continuously expands one of the world’s largest proprietary biological and chemical datasets. Recursion leverages sophisticated machine-learning algorithms to distill from its dataset a collection of trillions of searchable relationships across biology and chemistry unconstrained by human bias. 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.

Recursion is headquartered in Salt Lake City, where it is a founding member of BioHive, the Utah life sciences industry collective. Recursion also has offices in London, Toronto, Montreal and the San Francisco Bay Area.

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.

Recursion is proudly headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Milpitas, California. We're working to solve some of the most meaningful problems facing human health today. Come do the most impactful work of your career at a company that prioritizes belonging, collaboration and career development.

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41 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City

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