Infrastructure Engineer at Recursion (Salt Lake City, UT)

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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. Come join us in our mission to decode biology to radically improve lives, while doing the most impactful work of your life.

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.

The Impact You'll Make

  • Promote a DevSecOps culture at Recursion. You'll partner with teams throughout Recursion to help them improve their capabilities to achieve and operate software quickly and reliably.
  • Promote learning within the team by researching and testing new approaches, tooling, and practices before they are expected to be needed, and partner with other teams to promote learning and improvement across the tech organization.
  • Improve infrastructure to be as efficient as possible. When you are processing 70+ terabytes of new images a week, and training models against large image sets from our over 3.5+ petabytes of images, optimization can make a big difference.
  • Participate in deep technical discussions within your team and across partner teams, with extra attention to clarifying unknowns.
  • Achieve quarterly goals, setting and adjusting expectations based on regular, iterative feedback from prototypes and shipping software tooling and infrastructure into production.

The Team You'll Join

The Infrastructure and Tools team is a team of engineers with backgrounds in infrastructure automation, software development, security, and machine learning. The team develops tools and infrastructure automation which plays an essential role in enabling people throughout the tech organization to deliver new functionality to help us find treatments for disease. Every software engineer, data scientist, and automation engineer should be able to make changes that ship to production in an automatic manner, and tooling supported by the team should make it as easy as possible to create new services, integrate them with our infrastructure and observability tooling, and deliver in an automated and reliable manner. You will report to the Director of Engineering.

The Experience You'll Need

  • Experience collaborating on technical teams.
  • Past record of learning from and teaching peers in areas of performance, scalability, observability, or system architecture.
  • A people-first mindset. Despite the deadlines, we always prioritize supporting our coworkers in their growth and experience.
  • Experience with some of our existing infrastructure or similar technologies. We currently use kubernetes (GKE, Rancher), Codefresh and ArgoCD for CI/CD, nginx ingress controller for ingress, prometheus for the majority of our metrics, PostgreSQL for most databases, Kafka for data streaming, and primarily python for development.
  • Comfortable working with current tools and methodologies to deploy and maintain infrastructure as code. We use terraform and kubernetes for the majority of what we provide and are making a push towards using GitOps style workflows for all of these resources. We test the durability of our systems through a disaster recovery mindset.


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.

The Benefits/Perks You’ll Enjoy as a Full-Time Employee at Recursion: 

  • 100% Coverage of health, vision, and dental insurance premiums 
  • 401(k) with generous matching (immediate vesting)
  • Stock option, restricted stock unit (RSUs) and employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) programs
  • Two one-week paid company closures (summer and winter) 
  • Flexible vacation/sick leave
  • Generous paid parental leave (including adoptive)
  • Onsite daycare facility** (Salt Lake City)
  • Commuter benefit and vehicle parking to ease your commute** 
  • Complimentary chef-prepared lunches and well-stocked snack bars** (Salt Lake City)
  • Monthly fitness/wellness stipend 
  • One-of-a-kind 100,000 square foot headquarters complete with a 70-foot climbing wall, showers, lockers, and bike parking** (Salt Lake City)

**United States based employees

Recursion requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their first date of employment.

More About Us 

Central to our mission is the Recursion Operating System, or Recursion OS, that combines an advanced infrastructure layer to generate what we believe is one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing proprietary biological and chemical datasets and the Recursion Map, a suite of custom software, algorithms, and machine learning tools that we use to explore foundational biology unconstrained by human bias and navigate to new biological insights which may accelerate our programs. We are a biotechnology company scaling more like a technology company. Recursion is proudly headquartered in Salt Lake City. 

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. 

More Information on Recursion
Recursion operates in the Big Data industry. The company is located in Salt Lake City, UT. Recursion was founded in 2013. It has 243 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Volunteer in local community, Friends outside of work, Eat lunch together, Open door policy, Team based strategic planning and Group brainstorming sessions. To see all 8 open jobs at Recursion, click here.
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