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DevOps HPC Engineer

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Software Engineering
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Posted on Friday, November 10, 2023

Your work will change lives. Including your own.

The Impact You’ll Make

At Recursion, we're reshaping drug discovery with the integration of Science and Machine Learning. We’re looking for a Junior DevOps HPC Engineer to join our innovative team.

As a key contributor, you’ll participate in the maintenance and development of our HPC systems that drive our revolutionary drug discovery research. You’ll assist in designing, implementing, and managing the infrastructure that supports our machine learning and scientific computing workloads.

Your routine duties will include contributing to the construction of robust and scalable infrastructure, aiding in the deployment and management of HPC resources, and supporting the automation of operational processes. Your growing knowledge of DevOps principles and HPC systems will guide you to tackle diverse computational challenges.

Beyond this, you'll work alongside a skilled team of scientists, machine learning experts, and engineers to aid in the development of our world-class data platform that manages massive amounts of data, facilitating new deep learning models quickly into our production pipeline.

Your efforts will enhance our drug discovery efficiency and effectiveness. In this fast-paced environment, you’ll get exposure to multiple projects simultaneously.

Your role extends beyond just maintaining systems and infrastructure – you'll be engaged in proactive troubleshooting, routine system upkeep, securing our computing environment, and helping to create detailed documentation for all processes and procedures. Join us to make a meaningful difference in the future of drug discovery. In this role, you'll:

  • Assist in designing, implementing, maintaining, and optimizing our Scientific compute, network, and data storage infrastructure and services across both on-premises and public cloud environments.
  • Contribute towards the innovation within the HPC/AI infrastructure to provide an effective, scalable platform.
  • Aid in developing scripts and workflows to automate infrastructure provisioning, dynamic reconfiguration, and various repetitive tasks.
  • Use your problem-solving skills in resolving application, system, and other technical problems, and assist in addressing user tickets swiftly.
  • Help in researching, deploying, and optimizing workloads, resource scheduling, security, and data lifecycle management policies.
  • Participate in regular assessments of the platform's health and operational performance against established metrics.
  • Lastly, through your efforts in technical communication and collaboration with our customers, you'll contribute towards maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction.


This position is located at our headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are open to considering remote candidates who are willing to relocate, and relocation assistance may be available.

The Team You’ll Join

As a Junior DevOps HPC Engineer, you will be a part of our dedicated HPC Engineering team, reporting directly to the Associate Director. This dynamic team includes two experienced Senior Engineers, and with the addition of two new roles, including this position, you'll be part of an empowered, cross-functional unit.

Our HPC team works in a fast-paced, collaborative environment, handling a broad spectrum of computational projects. These range from developing advanced, scalable infrastructure to deploying and managing HPC resources and automating operational processes. The team also plays a crucial role in the curation of our vast data platform, which caters to a diverse set of professionals, including biologists, data scientists, and automation engineers.

The HPC team is constantly pushing the boundaries in the field of supercomputing in the TechBio industry. As part of this team, you will collaborate on projects that streamline and optimize our machine learning workflows and scientific computing tasks, driving efficient and transformative solutions within the company. This is a unique opportunity to join a team that thrives on innovation, collaboration, and inclusivity in a role that is pivotal to our mission.

The Experience You’ll Need

  • Knowledge of Linux OS administration
  • Understanding of Python programming and bash scripting
  • Practical experience with source control and configuration management
  • Exposure to software-defined infrastructure and cloud computing platforms
  • Understanding of networking
  • Knowledge of multi-tier file and object storage.
  • Exposure to container technology including Docker
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Openness to learning from and sharing knowledge with team members is greatly appreciated

How You’ll be Supported

  • The Onboarding process will include peer knowledge transfer sessions, and comprehensive exposure to our company culture and processes
  • You'll have the chance to learn from your colleagues during our regular lunch & learn and tech talk sessions
  • We offer the opportunity to attend courses for certification in new skills or technologies relevant to your role
  • To ensure you're always at the forefront of your field, we offer the opportunity to attend conferences


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.