Working with you to succeed

Founded in 2017, HK Recruiting is a women-owned business dedicated to working with clients to identify and place the best and brightest talent – and with candidates to find the most complementary positions for their skills and interests. HK Recruiting’s scientific expertise and industry experience provide a unique synergy, allowing us to successfully recruit at all levels – from entry level to executive positions. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, we recruit nationwide for companies in the biotech, life science, medical device and pharmaceutical industries.

Helen Kurtz

Helen Kurtz

Managing Partner/ Executive Recruiter

Helen Kurtz has been an Executive Recruiter since 2011, working with companies nationwide—large and small—to identify and hire the best candidates to join their teams. Helen has a strong track record of placing candidates in positions that range from entry level to senior management in a variety of functions (sales, marketing, research and developement, and support). Prior to her career as an Executive Recruiter, Helen held Senior Technical Sales positions in the genomics space selling advanced genetic analysis instrumentation, reagents and consumables for companies, including MJ Research, Agilent, and Spectrum Chemicals. She has a scientific background with a Master’s Degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Chicago. Helen lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two children.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

—Maya Angelou


Christina Staubus

Partner/ Executive Recruiter

Christina Staubus joins HK Recruiting as an experienced Executive Recruiter with a successful career placing talent in the life science, biotech, medical device and tech industries.  Christina’s success as a recruiter stems from her background in scientific research and biotechnology sales.  She has experience placing talent for roles ranging from commercial to technical research & development.  In addition, Christina has had great success recruiting on engineering and tech roles.  Her ability to hone in on the ideal candidate for highly specific postions is exceptional.  Christina has her Master’s in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University.  She lives in the SF Bay Area with her husband and three children.

She has phenomenal drive and follow-through, a natural passion for understanding people, and integrity in her resolve. This combination of insight, experience, and charisma enables Helen to identify the perfect match, while her attention to process and detail help efficiently shepherd them through the hiring process.

Kamni VijayVP and General Manager, Genomics Division, Agilent Technologies

Larry Smith is an authentic leader who strives for excellence. And Larry understands that leadership and success are about people.

Tony TruongRegional Sales Manager at Bio-Rad Laboratories

Helen has placed six really great sales people with me in the last few years. She does a really great job vetting candidates and delivering specifically what was requested, which was different for different roles.

Silke GraingerDirector of Sales, Western US, Essen BioScience/Sartorius Company

Helen is the seasoned professional who can assimilate your needs and identify candidates that fit on all dimensions – knowledge, motivation and cultural fit.

Kamni VijayVP and General Manager, Genomics Division, Agilent Technologies

Helen is a highly skilled talent search professional; she is able to consistently seek out and identify just the right skilled and qualified candidate. She is an invaluable resource for any search regardless of the geographic location and her insight and attention to detail enable her to provide the right fit for each request. I highly recommend Helen for anyone looking to improve their team’s success!

Steve MintonVice President of Sales at Spectrum Chemicals & Laboratory Supplies