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Senior Scientist, In Vivo Pharmacology

Milpitas, California, United States
Start date
Jun 12, 2024

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Science/R&D, Biotechnology, Pharmacology
Required Education
Associate Degree
Position Type
Full time

Job Details

Your work will change lives. Including your own. 

The Impact You’ll Make

Recursion is at the forefront of reimagining drug discovery from hit identification through clinical development. We are looking for a Senior Scientist to impact how we plan, execute, and understand pharmacology studies in preclinical species. With a rapidly growing portfolio of high quality drug discovery projects, this critical role will build industrial, broadly applicable solutions to inform likely clinical success in close partnership with project teams and in-house builder teams. You will impact all phases of drug discovery and early development. The Senior Scientist will leverage Recursion’s unique technologies to broadly impact our entire portfolio. In this role, you will:

  • Impact the future of TechBio by manifesting Recursion’s vision of industrialization in in vivo pharmacology
  • Accelerate team success with expert translational guidance on model selection and execution, and deeply engage with project teams to drive experiments that answer critical questions
  • Collaborate with a team of high delivery in vivo pharmacologists that serve as key translational partners for our drug discovery teams
  • Mentor other Scientists, Research Associates, and Research Technicians at the Recursion Vivarium
  • Act as study director for internal and CRO studies
  • Leverage Recursion’s technologies to reimagine how we plan, execute, and evaluate in vivo studies in support of evolving drug discovery
  • Partner with diverse functions from discovery, clinical, engineering, and more to influence the future state of Recursion and the TechBio industry
  • Capably communicate highly technical in vivo pharmacology data and strategies to a diverse audience, including senior management, when necessary


This position is based at our Milpitas, CA site, which houses our vivarium. Travel to our Salt Lake City headquarters will be expected as needed (<5%)

The Team You’ll Join 

Reporting to the Director of In Vivo Technologies, you will join Recursion’s Preclinical Sciences team which participates in Drug Discovery and the Translation Platform. The team is dedicated to leveraging translational planning in the earliest phases of discovery, enabling acceleration of programs from hit identification to candidate selection. The Preclinical Sciences team encompasses in vivo pharmacology, vivarium operations, DMPK/BA, discovery formulations, and analytical chemistry.

The Experience You’ll Need

  • 4+ years of biotech or pharmaceutical industry experience and completion of an advanced post-graduate degree (PhD preferred)
  • Experience with design, execution and analysis of in vivo studies to assess the therapeutic potential of new chemical entities
  • Familiarity with current animal models used in one or more of the following therapeutic areas: oncology, fibrosis, neurodegeneration, inflammation
  • High-level understanding of small molecule drug discovery and pharmacology
  • Ability to prioritize among multiple projects and working to advance projects to proof of concept

How You’ll be Supported

  • Regular 1:1’s with the Director of In Vivo Technologies and cross-functional leaders and peers for feedback and support
  • Participation in coaching like BetterUp for leadership skills and development programs
  • Annual support for professional development through internal learning and collaboration as well as attendance of external conferences
  • New technical tools and approaches supported by robust teams of builders including product management, data science, engineering and computational teams


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: $122,000
  • Skilled: $134,000
  • Expert: $148,000

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.

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 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.

Recursion is proudly headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah with offices in Toronto, Montreal and Milpitas, California. We're working to solve some of the most meaningful problems facing human health today. Come do the most impactful work of your career at a company that prioritizes belonging, collaboration and career development.

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