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Scientist, Molecular Biology

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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 Scientist who can conceptualize and execute experiments to develop novel approaches to cellular perturbation and engineering. You can expect to work on 1-2 early stage development projects at a time, in a fast-paced and exciting environment. You will take these projects from initial pilot work through beginnings of assay scale up utilizing our state of the art automation. In this role, you will:

  • Build new cellular perturbation assays and strategies
  • Build new next generation sequencing (NGS) assays
  • Design and execute wet lab experiments (including NGS, phenomics, transfection/lipofection, etc)
  • Develop automation strategies
  • Create workflows and SOPs
  • Partner with our data science and machine learning colleagues to cross functionally develop analysis flows


This position is lab facing and based at our headquarters in Salt Lake City.

The Team You’ll Join

You will be joining Inception Labs, a research and development team within Recursion. This team is a cross-functional group of exceptional biologists, engineers, product managers, machine learning scientists, computational biologists, and data scientists working together to prove out novel technologies including new biological assays and data modalities, statistical and ML techniques, and computational approaches for multimodal data. This team works rapidly on a project-by-project basis to either prove or disprove the value and feasibility of these new ideas and approaches.

The Experience You’ll Need

  • PhD in molecular/cell biology or related field; or MS in molecular/cell biology with 3+ years of experience; BS in molecular/cell biology with 5+ years of experience. Industry experience is highly valued.
  • Deep knowledge of molecular biology, with focus on genome editing technologies and NGS assays (i.e. RNA-seq, scRNA-seq)
  • Demonstrated ability to understand, manipulate, and confirm nucleic acid constructs and reagents
  • A broad skill set and knowledge base in mammalian tissue culture
  • Experience with automation, particularly liquid handlers preferred
  • A growth mindset, motivated by scientific curiosity. A strong ability to participate in scientific ideation, in addition to execution.
  • A nimble mindset with the ability to quickly recognize a need to pivot and execute the transition
  • Experience working collaboratively in an interdisciplinary environment and communicating complex technical concepts and ideas to broad audiences
  • Comfort and familiarity working in a cutting-edge research environment where scientific and technological setbacks and failures are likely to occur

How You’ll be Supported

  • Onboarding: You will be assigned a peer trail guide to support and mentor you as you onboard and get familiar with Recursion systems
  • Learn: Ability to learn from and participate regularly in scientific brainstorming sessions and discussions with the entire Inception Labs team
  • Networking: Option to attend an annual conference to learn more from colleagues, network, and build your skillset


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. Learn more at, or connect on X (formerly 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.