Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Associate Director, Tissue Culture

Job Description

Posted on: 
April 15, 2023

We are seeking an Associate Director to lead our Tissue Culture Core team to drive consistent and high-quality mammalian cells for use in the drug discovery and drug development process. You will focus on system coordination, development and oversight applicable to cellular production. You will partner with process development including technical transfer of processes, process monitoring, process troubleshooting, and continuous improvement.


  • Build, mentor, and lead a team of cell culturists responsible for the technical transfer and translation process through scale and cellular production
  • Partner with the LIMS development team to implement software to promote data accessibility and transparency
  • Develop and author technical content and standard operating procedures for digital and paper systems supporting production, including training content
  • Assess internal production data and laboratory processes in order to identify opportunities for continuous improvement
  • Analyze and recommend approaches, timing and scope for future insourcing of automated technologies based on business benefits including financial efficiency, industrialization, and future production insights
  • Collaborate and provide strategic and technical insight.

Job Requirements

  • MS in Biology, Bioengineering, or related field with 5+ years experience OR BS with 7+ years experience in mammalian cell-based translation and process scale, manufacturing, process development, quality, or related disciplines
  • 3+ years leadership experience
  • Experience in leading and building strategy for a Tissue Culture (in vitro) Core(s)
  • Experience in building the readiness strategy for production of mammalian cell lots (expansions to bank/experimentation), cell to images
  • Experience in the use of mammalian cells in “bench to bedside” strategy
  • Cell culture process development using single use/bioreactor development/optimization
  • Knowledge of GLP/GMP regulations and requirements for facilities and equipment within manufacturing
  • Experience with digital solutions for manufacturing and cellular production (LIMS)
  • Experience with GLP/GMP system strategies, implementation, staffing, procedures, and documentation
  • Demonstrated experience sourcing, selecting, mentoring, building, and leading technical teams and developing people
  • Demonstrated ability to build trustful and effective relationships
  • Ability to lead through uncertainty in a rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to build teams where employees have a shared vision and purpose; demonstrated experience building unity between sites and/or functions
  • Exceptional ability to influence, partner, and collaborate across all levels of the organization
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