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.


As an Intern, you'll work alongside our Research team in using machine learning to build a map of human cellular biology.  You will be assigned one or more projects and a mentor to help you come up to speed. Projects will range in topic, and usually include designing neural networks, training those networks on our cellular image set and other relevant biological and chemical data sets, and evaluating their performance.  Which project you are assigned will largely be determined by your experience level, personal interests, and needs of the research team.

Our Intern program runs 3-6 months, and can start any time in 2019, depending on your availability.  It is expected that at the end of the program, you will publish your work at a top machine learning conference or journal.


  • Experience using machine learning and statistics to answer questions in high-dimensional numerical datasets, preferably using the Python data stack (numpy, pandas, scikit-learn, tensorflow, keras, pytorch, etc).
  • The ability to structure unstructured problems, even those without a clearly defined measure of success, in order to derive conclusions and make decisions amidst great uncertainty.
  • Code you can share. Send a link along with your email (helpful, not required).
  • Biology background is not necessary. Intellectual curiosity and motivation to learn is a must though!



  • 3-6 months of full-time, paid, ongoing mentoring and training from our Data Science team
  • Company-provided lunches, snacks, and beverages to keep you fueled up and focused
  • Impressive office & laboratory space located in downtown Salt Lake City, UT
  • Showers, lockers, bike parking, nearby trail access - to facilitate an active and adventurous lifestyle


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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