We have raised over $80M to apply machine learning to one of the most unique datasets in existence - tens of millions of images of cells under a huge number of biological and chemical perturbations, generated in our own labs - in order to find treatments for hundreds of diseases. Our long term mission is to decode biology to radically improve lives - we want to understand biology so well that we can fix most things that go wrong in our bodies. Yoshua Bengio is one of our advisors, and helps our machine learning team design novel ways of tackling these problems.


You'll work with others on the data, biology, and engineering teams to design and train deep convolutional networks that lift our drug discovery platform to new levels of effectiveness and efficiency. This platform is the core of our mission: transforming drug discovery into a data science problem.  We’re tackling insanely challenging problems, often without obvious solutions, but our growing team is sharp and highly motivated, and we have already made rapid progress.

The high-level job description has only one item: do whatever is necessary to help us progress in identifying cures for diseases. We hire the best, and trust that they are usually in the best position to decide what to try next. Typical work includes:

  • Designing and evaluating new neural network architectures for representing the information contained in the 20+ TB of cellular images that we generate in-house each week.
  • Training networks to accurately predict the outcomes of cumbersome and expensive assays that are performed by typical pharmaceutical companies.
  • Creating a model of human cellular biology by learning the many layers of interactions underlying the changes in cells caused by genetic and chemical perturbations.
  • Presenting publishable work at top machine learning conferences.


  • PhD in Computer Science, related technical field, or equivalent practical experience.
  • Extensive success applying deep learning to challenging computer vision problems.
  • A track record of outstanding past projects, publications, or presentations.
  • Ability to design and execute on a research agenda.
  • Biology background is not necessary; intellectual curiosity is a must!


  • Coverage of health, vision, and dental insurance premiums (in most cases 100%)
  • 401(k) with generous matching (immediate vesting)
  • Stock option grants
  • Two one-week paid company closures (summer and winter) in addition to flexible, generous vacation/sick leave
  • Commuter benefit and vehicle parking to ease your commute
  • Complimentary chef-prepared lunches and well-stocked snack bars
  • Generous paid parental leave (including adoptive)
  • Fully-paid gym membership to Metro Fitness, located just feet away from our new headquarters
  • Gleaming new 100,000 square foot headquarters complete with a 70-foot climbing wall, showers, lockers, and bike parking


Recursion is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. Recursion strictly prohibits and does not tolerate discrimination against applicants because of race, color, religion, creed, national origin or ancestry, ethnicity, sex, pregnancy, gender (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law.


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