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Principal Scientist, Translational Oncology Drug Discovery

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Your work will change lives. Including your own.

The Impact You’ll Make

Recursion’s mission is to disrupt drug discovery using our proprietary AI and our Industrialized Drug Discovery platforms. As a Principal Scientist, Oncology you will have an opportunity to lead first-in-class preclinical programs that target tumor-intrinsic pathways or intrinsic mechanisms of tumor immune resistance using the Recursion Operating System (OS) and our industrialized drug discovery workflows. You will leverage computational biology and digital chemistry technology to efficiently advance the most promising programs focused on eradicating tumors within novel specific patient subsets. You will lead and partner with a group of similarly dedicated scientists, collaborate extensively throughout the organization and externally. In this role you will:

  • Lead and advance novel Oncology preclinical programs from Hit ID to Development Candidate
  • Deploy core expertise in oncology to drive programs
  • Leverage the Recursion’s OS to innovate on speed to the clinic
  • Partner with computation, chemistry, and data science colleagues to disrupt the entire drug discovery process and impact patient lives


Making Salt Lake City your home base is ideal, however, we will consider remote work for this position. We ask that remote employees commit to regular on-site visits for routine work and departmental events.

The Team You’ll Join

Reporting to the VP, Oncology, you will join a diverse, dynamic team of innovative industrialized-minded scientists working to develop novel therapies for oncology using our Industrialized workflows. You will lead data-driven drug discovery projects in oncology by collaborating with in vitro and in vivo biology, chemistry, and data science team members. As our teams are small and nimble, we are excited by investigators with drive and ingenuity to develop and lead new programs in a bold novel way.

The Experience You’ll Need

  • PhD and 5+ years experience OR MS and 8+ years experience applying professional competencies to fundamental problems of relevance to oncology drug discovery specifically in a biopharma industry setting
  • Experience with design, execution, and analysis of a variety of in-vitro and in-vivo pharmacology experiments including in vivo PK/PD and efficacy studies. Note: This role will not involve at-the-bench experiment execution
  • Experience managing external resources (CROs)
  • Demonstrable experience advancing Oncology drug discovery programs from discovery to preclinical development
  • Experience leading and prioritizing among multiple projects and efficiently advancing projects to Proof of Concept or no-Go decision points.
  • Understanding of current state of oncology therapeutic development, biomarkers, and precision-based medicine
  • Bold, passionate, and highly collaborative growth mindset

How You’ll be Supported

  • Specific training and onboarding of the Recursion OS, our Industrialized platforms, maps of biology, chemistry and data layers
  • Multiple opportunities for leadership and mentorship training as well as working with cross-functional teams
  • Opportunity to attend several external conferences in Oncology

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: $162,000
  • Skilled: $180,000
  • Expert: $198,000

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 Toronto, Montreal and the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more at, or connect on 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.