Recursion Pharmaceuticals

Principal Scientist, Oncology Drug Discovery

Job Description

Posted on: 
October 6, 2023

As a Principal Scientist, Oncology you will have an opportunity to lead first-in-class preclinical programs that target tumor-intrinsic pathways or intrinsic mechanisms of tumor immune resistance using the Recursion Operating System (OS) and our industrialized drug discovery workflows.  You will leverage computational biology and digital chemistry technology to efficiently advance the most promising programs focused on eradicating tumors within novel specific patient subsets. You will lead and partner with a group of similarly dedicated scientists, collaborate extensively throughout the organization and externally.


  • Lead and advance novel Oncology preclinical programs from Hit ID to Development Candidate
  • Deploy core expertise in oncology to drive programs
  • Leverage the Recursion’s OS to innovate on speed to the clinic
  • Partner with computation, chemistry, and data science colleagues to disrupt the entire drug discovery process and impact patient lives

Job Requirements

  • PhD and 5+ years experience OR MS and 8+ years experience applying professional competencies to fundamental problems of relevance to oncology drug discovery specifically in a biopharma industry setting
  • Experience with design, execution, and analysis of a variety of in-vitro and in-vivo pharmacology experiments including in vivo PK/PD and efficacy studies.  Note: This role will not involve at-the-bench experiment execution
  • Experience managing external resources (CROs)
  • Demonstrable experience advancing Oncology drug discovery programs from discovery to preclinical development
  • Experience leading and prioritizing among multiple projects and efficiently advancing projects to Proof of Concept or no-Go decision points.
  • Understanding of current state of oncology therapeutic development, biomarkers, and precision-based medicine
  • Bold, passionate, and highly collaborative growth mindset
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