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Staff Data Scientist, Neuroscience Computational Biology

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Data Science
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Your work will change lives. Including your own.

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!

The Impact You’ll Make

In this role, you will be at the forefront of reimagining neuroscience drug discovery using our massive data capabilities. You'll work in a cross-functional team of world-class experimentalists, computational biologists, data scientists, ML scientists, and engineers to interrogate and advance our maps of neurobiology – to work with internal and external partners to more deeply understand them and to iterate and improve our capability to generate insights from these maps with the ultimate goal of bringing life-changing therapeutics to patients living with neurological or neurodegenerative disease.


  • Partner with experimentalists to accelerate Recursion’s neuroscience drug discovery efforts through your skills in experimental design and your ability to analyze, integrate, and interpret large biological datasets.
  • Present and discuss data and tools with decision makers and stakeholders in a clear and compelling way that drives toward getting medicines to patients.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with Recursion’s platform data science and ML teams to further advance Recursion’s ability to interpret and translate large-scale phenomics data into therapeutic programs.
  • Mentor more junior data scientists and computational biologists. As a staff or principle data scientist, we expect you to lean in on reviewing analyses and providing technical leadership for the quantitative scientists who also work in our neuroscience map building and drug discovery programs.

Key Capabilities

  • Use existing Recursion infrastructure, implement established methods, and propose innovative solutions to integrate and interpret high dimensional data types including phenomics, immunofluorescence, genomics, transcriptomics, single cell sequencing, and/or proteomics using appropriate computational and statistical methods.
  • Create visualizations, interpret high dimensional data, and explain results to cross-functional teams.
  • Work collaboratively with data scientists to move high-impact tools into our computational infrastructure and shared visualization capabilities.
  • Tech lead and upskill teammates in computational biology and data science.
  • Present data effectively to participants across levels and functional groups in the organization.
  • Iterate quickly to move from ideation to validation on multiple projects at an accelerated pace.

The Team You’ll Join

We are building diverse and collaborative drug discovery teams that are data-driven from the ground up. Close collaboration between computational biologists across therapeutic areas and with data scientists on the core build teams provides a strong network of feedback and support in setting timelines, refining ideas, automating repetitive workflows, piloting, productionalizing and more. Our group is a bold, agile, interdisciplinary collective of biological, computational, drug discovery, and machine learning scientists deeply focused on the singular goal of bringing new therapeutics to patients at an accelerated pace. You will collaborate extensively with data scientists, machine learning scientists, engineers, and biologists throughout the organization to advance milestones and provide insights to advance Recursion’s capabilities. Essential attributes to this role include a bold, execution-first attitude and passion for deploying rigorous science to bring life-changing therapies to patients.

The Experience You’ll Need

  • PhD in a relevant field (bioinformatics, statistics, neuroscience, cell biology, etc.) and 5+ years of experience or MS in a relevant field and 8+ years of experience.
  • Demonstrated experience mining and integrating large multimodal data sets (including proteomics, transcriptomics, GWAS, genomics, etc.) to identify targets and/or pathways relevant to drug discovery.
  • Strong data visualization skills
  • Fluency and experience working with high-level programming language such as Python or R for complex data analysis.
  • Demonstrated experience with and passion for technical leadership and mentorship.
  • Understanding of current state of therapeutic development and ability to drive scientific strategy.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry and prioritize among multiple projects.

How You'll be Supported:

  • Peer mentor for onboarding during the first 90 days.
  • Training on Recursion’s culture and values and our Drug Discovery & Development processes to provide insight to our unique approach and strategy for success
  • Regular 1:1s with supervisor and colleagues provide opportunities for support and feedback
  • Support to attend conferences and workshops in Neuroscience and/or Computational Biology at least once a year.
  • Multiple opportunities for leadership and mentorship training as well as working with cross-functional teams.
  • A generous benefits package and perks.


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: $199,000
  • Skilled: $207,000
  • Expert: $222,000

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. Learn more at www.Recursion.com, 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.