Your work will change lives. Including your own. 

The Impact You’ll Make

We are seeking a Senior Data Scientist to play a critical role on a fast-paced research and development team dedicated to generating and de-risking ideas that add fundamental new capabilities to Recursion’s tech-enabled drug discovery platform. 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 onboarding to our larger technical and scientific platforms. On this team, you will

  • Answer key scientific questions by analyzing the large and novel biological datasets generated as we onboard new experimental techniques and technologies
  • Develop new statistical and ML approaches to understand, de-risk, and drive decisions about these new technologies
  • Design critical experiments to make go/no-go decisions on R&D projects to assess project approaches, feasibility, and potential impact
  • Partner closely with an interdisciplinary team of scientists and technologists to build tools and techniques that will drive the entire company forward
  • Communicate with a diverse range of collaborators, including company leadership (VP+)
  • Learn new ways to code, answer quantitative questions, and think about challenging science as needed


This position is based at our headquarters in Salt Lake City | expected to be on-site 50% of the time

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. Together, we are working 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

  • A PhD in statistics, mathematics, data science, machine learning, computer science, a related quantitative discipline, or equivalent work experience
  • Deep statistical, probabilistic, and ML knowledge and intuition demonstrated by 3-5+ years of experience applying tools from those domains to answer questions in real-world datasets
    • Strong preference for experience working with large, experimentally generated biological datasets (microscopy, genomic, proteomic, etc)
  • High fluency with Python, including a strong background in scientific computing using the Python numerical and data stackExperience collaboratively writing high-quality, reusable code in Python in version-controlled environments
  • 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

  • You will be assigned a peer trail guide to support and mentor you as you onboard and get familiar with Recursion systems
  • Receive real-time feedback from peers on analysis results, scientific methodology, and code quality and best practices
  • Ability to learn from and participate regularly in scientific brainstorming sessions and discussions with the entire Inception Labs team
  • 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. 
Recursion welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Recursion Pharmaceuticals and its affiliate companies do not accept resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to Recursion or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Recursion’s internal Talent Acquisition team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of Recursion, and Recursion will not owe any referral or other fees. Our team will communicate directly with candidates who are not represented by an agent or intermediary unless otherwise agreed to prior to interviewing for the job.

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