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Associate Director of Data Engineering

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Data Science
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posted on Saturday, September 23, 2023

Your work will change lives. Including your own.

The Impact You'll Make

  • Enable your teams for scale - The Data Platform teams are responsible for building, operating, and tuning a data platform that allows users to discover and query across the breadth of our data at Recursion, which includes a chemistry library of billions compounds, More than 10 Petabytes (PBs) of cellular microscopy images taken in millions of different experimental contexts involving to support Recursion’s drug discovery. In this role, you will work closely with the team to understand the needs of the business and build clear solutions.
  • Act as a mentor, coach, and sponsor - You will share your technical, leadership and managerial skills and experiences, delivering impact, learning, and growth across teams at Recursion. We believe that the best work comes from working across organizational boundaries and you will have opportunities to partner with groups across the business.
  • Create a culture of platforms - You will help drive the vision and adoption of platforms broadly at Recursion, helping sell teams and leaders on how to accelerate work using the platforms we have and understanding their needs to inform the platforms we will build.

The Team You'll Join

Recursion has built a unique dataset (over 1 million unique biological perturbations profiled in a high-dimensional biological assay) and a unique approach to phenotypic drug discovery using our inference-based Recursion Map to predict tens of billions of relationships between disease models and therapeutic candidates. You will lead a team of software and data engineers working to standardize and automate the process of accessing and analyzing data across Recursion, from cutting edge ML to process automation, all data flows to the lake.

You will also have a peer group of directors, associate directors and engineering managers that work together on the craft of engineering leadership. We all work better when we have the support of those around us and are learning together to solve problems across our teams.

You will report to the Senior Director of Engineering.


This position is based at our headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah OR our offices in Toronto, Ontario.

The Experience You'll Need

  • Significant experience as a data engineer and excitement for deeply engaging in technical discussions and decisions your team is making to drive us forward.
  • Experience leading technical teams using both technical and interpersonal skills to achieve results.
  • A people-first mindset. We deliver in a way that prioritizes supporting our coworkers in their growth and experience.
  • Demonstrate past record of learning from and teaching peers in areas of performance, scalability, and system architecture.
  • Experience working across a business on highly collaborative projects.
  • Excitement to learn parts of our tech stack that you might not already know and jump in and get your hands on code when needed. Our current tech stack includes: Python, dbt, Airflow, Big Query, Postgres, GCP Buckets. Our cloud services are provided by Google Cloud Platform.

How You’ll be Supported

  • Peer mentor assigned for onboarding during first 90 days
  • Work is typically completed using mobbing or pairing
  • Regular 1:1s with supervisor for support and feedback
  • Weekly retros facilitate team cohesion
  • Attendance to one technical conference per year paid for by company

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: $192,000
  • Skilled: $203,000
  • Expert: $217,000

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.