Recursion Pharma looking for a Microscopy Scientist



Poised at the crossroads of biology and computation, Recursion is revolutionizing the pharmaceutical industry’s approach to drug discovery. Our unique platform leverages the most advanced biology, high-throughput automation, and artificial intelligence to rapidly discover treatments for rare diseases, inflammatory diseases, cardiovascular diseases of aging, and more (think immuno-oncology).

Using genetic manipulation, we create disease models in relevant human cell types, then use high throughput imaging coupled with automated image analysis to identify compounds that reverse cellular disease phenotypes. This approach creates incredibly rich data sets and is agnostic to preconceived notions of what the cellular disease phenotype should be. Once we have identified candidate treatments for a particular disorder, we develop a literature-based understanding of the disease, then use wet-lab approaches to determine if our treatments rescue known disease phenotypes. Microscopy is pivotal across our discovery process, therefore you will contribute cross functionally to drive our programs forward.


The high-level job description has only one item: do whatever is necessary to achieve our mission of decoding biology to radically improve lives. If you are a microscopist/cell biologist who is motivated to have the largest impact on drug discovery in the shortest amount of time, you’ve just stumbled upon your next adventure! Your work as part of multiple research and operational teams—using advanced microscopy techniques—will significantly increase the speed and quality of our drug discovery platform and will help us achieve our mission of discovering 100 rare disease treatments by 2025.

This role is ideal for someone who thrives on working across teams and is operationally minded. On any given day, you’ll ensure proper operation of our suite of more than $1M worth of high-content microscopes and assist biologist and technicians in establishing and optimizing imaging assays.

For this role, we are looking for microscopists who are:


  • In this role, you will engage cross functionally with team members in High Throughput Screening, Biology, Data Science and Software Engineering.


  • You will have the opportunity to create innovative novel, microscopy approaches to address biological questions.


  • You will ensure proper function of our inventory of microscopes and quickly troubleshoot when issues arise.


  • Your work will contribute to large scale microscopy-based screens, where timely execution, versioning and SOPs are critical. You will be fully engaged in the process and will need to think on a large scale.


A Ph.D. in cell biology or equivalent
A deep knowledge of microscope hardware; automation experience is a plus
A breadth of microscopy assay knowledge; including high-content, live-cell and confocal approaches
A strong command of fluorescence technologies; including staining approaches, immunofluorescence and genetic reporters; cell line engineering experience is a plus
Experience in maintaining, training fellow scientist on use of and troubleshooting problems with microscopes; working with peers to help them design and implement their advanced microscopy assays is a plus
Experience implementing complex projects in a high throughput laboratory prefered


Coverage of health, vision, and dental insurance premiums (in most cases 100%)
401(k) with generous matching and immediate vesting
Generous bonus program for which all staff are eligible
Stock options as part of the offer package at hire
Flexible, generous vacation/sick leave
Paid maternity, paternity, and adoption leave
Two, one-week company closures (during the winter holidays and during the peak of summer)
Company-provided lunches, snacks, and beverages to keep you fueled up and focused
Short and long-term disability insurance
Six-week sabbatical every six years
Impressive office & laboratory space located at the base of the majestic Wasatch Mountains
Showers, lockers, bike parking, and nearby trail access to facilitate an adventurous lifestyle
Easy access to seven world-class ski resorts
Recursion Pharmaceuticals is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability status.