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At the Center for Open Science, we believe that transparent and reproducible research is better research, leading to better outcomes. Our mission is to make that a reality throughout the world of scholarly investigation.

 

We also believe in a fantastic work environment, awesome work-life balance, killer technology, and empowering our people to grow as professionals and people. Working at COS means that you’ll be surrounded by colleagues who are constantly striving to improve science and the tools that support it. We set high expectations for ourselves and are always trying to stay out in front of software and research trends. We are committed to quality design and architecture, an agile methodology, and contributing to the open-source community. Sound like you? Join us! 

COS is committed to building a research culture inclusive of all contributors and their skilled contributions. Please view the COS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement for details regarding how we maximize opportunity in our staffing, collaborative partnerships, and in the greater research community in order to advance research and technology.

Current Openings

Program Manager

Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) develops tools to support the scientific workflow (i.e., Open Science Framework), fosters community standards for open practices, and conducts metascience research - science on scientific practices. The Policy team at COS conducts grassroots and top-down stakeholder interventions to change norms, incentives, and policies toward open scholarship. Much of this work is through delivery of services including community organizing and project management of stakeholder interventions to foster open behaviors, and delivery of free product solutions to stakeholder groups including badges to signal open practices at journals, Registered Reports to promote research rigor and eliminate publication bias, and TOP Guidelines to improve journal, funder, and institutional policies for culture change toward greater transparency and reproducibility.

The new Program Manager is responsible for planning and overseeing the day-to-day work on policy initiatives, manages the Community Manager who is the operational lead for an NSF-funded grassroots program in Education research and a Project Manager who is the operational lead for COS’s role in DARPA ASIST and provides project management for stakeholder interventions. The Program Manager will likewise have an operational role in advancing the culture change policy initiatives with publishers, funders, societies, and/or institutions.  

The Program Manager reports to the Director of Policy Initiatives. The Policy team operates in a flexible management process that seeks to optimize agile decision making, independence of project execution, and accountability to organizational leadership and the external community.

The Program Manager will have managerial responsibility for policy team members meeting milestones, and delivering on grassroots organizing and stakeholder influence efforts with effective, efficient effort and high standards for ethics and transparency. 

In partnership with the Director of Policy, the Program Manager will work to achieve organizational goals of supporting a more inclusive and transparent research ecosystem. This work will require effective communication with external stakeholders. Familiarity with academic research community stakeholders (e.g. funders, universities, and publishers) is desired, but not required. 

As such, the Program Manager will have demonstrated excellence in both big picture understanding of the scholarly research landscape for influencing stakeholders, and on-the-ground operational skills in steering a team toward delivery on project commitments. The successful candidate will have a track record of identifying and overcoming barriers to project completion.

Responsibilities
  • Managing people, timelines, budget, deliverables, and project execution
  • Managing risks and issues and taking corrective measures
  • Coordinating the project tasks and their interdependencies
  • Managing and using resources across project tasks
  • Responsibility for ensuring that team meets all deliverables on-time with high quality
  • Daily program management throughout the program life cycle (e.g. leads scrum and sprint planning)
  • Managing communication, negotiation, and planning among project stakeholders
  • Executing the substantive goals of the policy team and recommending operational solutions
  • Implement strong documentation practices for all project activities to ensure transparency and reproducibility
  • Assess and improve processes, such as evaluation of funder and journal policies, with the aim of facilitating community contribution and automation where possible. 
  • Communicate and evangelize open scholarship policies to stakeholder communities
  • Support community-based, grassroots initiatives and facilitate community engagement with Community Manager as direct report and operational lead
  • Engage, influence, and support decision-makers from stakeholder communities (funders, journals. Societies, institutions) on adoption of open scholarship policies and initiatives
  • Plan project management staffing and support with partners on policy/incentive/norm initiatives and interventions
  • Support negotiation and budgeting for partnerships on policy/incentive/norm
Skills
  • Outstanding personnel management skills
  • Highly efficient and task-oriented
  • Attention to detail and very strong documentation and workflow management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently and in coordination with a team for advancing shared objectives on a very assertive timeline
  • Ability to prioritize, make decisions, problem-solve, and ask for help
  • Good knowledge and handling of project and program management methodology and technique, including determining which processes and tools best fit a team
  • Experience with agile practices
  • Strong practical experience in project management
  • Proficiency with collaboration tools
  • Experience with highly collaborative projects
  • Substantial experience and expertise in the research culture, ideally with direct experience in one or more of research, scholarly communications, research fundings, or institutional administration
  • Experience and substantial knowledge of open science and publisher or funder policies
  • Experience with research methodology
  • Ability to rapidly assess research across a variety of scientific domains
  • Demonstrated commitment to transparency, rigor, and reproducibility in research
Notes
  • Salary range $68,000 to $78,000 commensurate with experience. The position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA.  On-site is desired, but remote work will be considered.
Benefits
  • COS offers full time employees:

    • 401(k) with employer match. COS offers a matching contribution of 100% up to 3% of pay and another 50% up to 5% of pay (the full match will be 4% if participants elect to defer 5%)
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance. COS covers 100% of employee premium and 50% of all dependent coverage costs under the base plan
    • 15 days vacation in year one
    • Paid family medical leave. COS offers paid leave for up to three (3) months to all full-time, regular employees to care for their child after birth, after or during the adoption process, or to care for their spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition
    • Modern office space and other amenities
    • COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance
Applying

Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome, and can be directed to jobs@cos.io. COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Project Coordinator

Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) is a performer for the DARPA SCORE program (link and link) to automate and validate methods for assessing credibility of research claims in the social-behavioral sciences.  COS will (1) create a large, enriched dataset of claims and evidence, (2) advance the efficiency and scalability of gathering that data, and (3) conduct replications, robustness, and reproductions of a sample of the claims to test the accuracy of confidence scores generated by the other performers. The project will provide substantial insight into reproducibility and credibility of social-behavioral research and has the potential to produce innovative solutions to improve research credibility.

The Project Coordinator will help manage partner individuals and teams conducting replication (new data) or reproduction (same data) studies in developing study preregistrations, navigating IRB documentation, and rigorously documenting the process to maximize reproducibility. This work requires effective communication, attention to detail, effective documentation skills, and comfort with research methods, social-behavioral science literature, and managing many research practices on a variety of topics simultaneously. The Project Coordinator is expected to have approximately 50% effort helping with SCORE.

COS is also conducting a large-scale assessment of researchers’ attitudes, behaviors, and opinions about open scholarship behaviors such as sharing data, materials, and code; conducting replications, robustness, and reproduction studies; preregistration; preprints; publishing null results; and, open access. COS will administer a yearly, standardized, modular survey to various research communities to track opinion and adoption of open research behaviors (link). Understanding attitudes and behaviors relating to open scholarship and open research will inform policy-making efforts by journals, funders, and institutions for promoting open scholarship.  It will also foster research to understand culture change processes and compare subcultures of the research community on research practices.

The Project Coordinator will help track and administer the survey among the different research communities, help generate interim reports, and coordinate with the COS policy team to track any milestone initiatives among the communities that might influence attitudes, behaviors, and opinions. The Project Coordinator is expected to have approximately 50% effort helping with this survey administration project.

The Project Coordinator will report to the Director of Research. The team will operate in COS’s agile scrum management process with highly defined tasks and deliverables to track progress. Two week sprints with daily scrums will identify risks and bottlenecks early in project execution for intervention and correction. COS maintains proven infrastructure and methodologies to deliver on highly coordinated projects--technical and operational.  A major task of the project is to facilitate and manage research activities of dozens to hundreds of contributing researchers and laboratories around the world.  With extremely high coordination demands and an aggressive timeline, this role requires strong capacity to execute on defined goals on time and with exceptional quality.

Responsibilities

 Support evaluation of a diverse body of claims in social-behavioral sciences on methodology and findings

-- Documenting protocols and registrations for conducting rigorous reproductions and replications

-- Facilitate a caseload of replication/reproduction efforts by a distributed network of teams and individuals

-- Implement and administer survey to researchers assessing attitudes, behaviors, and opinions about open scholarship behaviors

-- Coordinate tracking of initiatives among research communities with the Policy team

-- Supporting research objectives that ensure overall project success

-- Gathering and organizing materials and data from a variety of sources

-- Implementing strong documentation practices for all project activities to ensure transparency and reproducibility

Skills

--Research experience (Bachelor’s, Master’s or equivalent)

-- Experience with research methodology

-- Ability to rapidly assess research across a variety of social-behavioral science domains

-- Experience administering surveys, with use of Qualtrics a plus

-- Demonstrated commitment to transparency, rigor, and reproducibility in research

-- Highly efficient and task-oriented

-- Attention to detail and very strong documentation and workflow management skills

-- Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently and in coordination with a team for advancing shared objectives on a very assertive timeline

-- Ability to prioritize, make decisions, problem-solve, and ask for help 

-- Experience with R, OSF, preregistration, reproducible workflows, replications (new data testing same question), robustness (multiple analytic approaches with same data testing same question), and/or reproductions (reanalysis of same data) is a plus

Notes

This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is expected to be in the mid-40s. This position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA.  Start date in January 2021. On-site desired; but remote will be considered.  

Benefits
  • COS offers full time employees:

    • 401(k) with employer match. COS offers a matching contribution of 100% up to 3% of pay and another 50% up to 5% of pay (the full match will be 4% if participants elect to defer 5%)
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance. COS covers 100% of employee premium and 50% of all dependent coverage costs under the base plan
    • 15 days vacation in year one
    • Paid family medical leave. COS offers paid leave for up to three (3) months to all full-time, regular employees to care for their child after birth, after or during the adoption process, or to care for their spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition
    • Modern office space and other amenities
    • COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance
Applying

Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome, and can be directed to jobs@cos.io. COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Project Coordinator

Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) works to support leaders in the scientific community through its stewardship of programs, guidelines, and standards. These initiatives provide guidance to peer reviewed journals and scientific funders on implementing more transparent research practices and are governed by committees of knowledgeable advocates and stakeholders. Registered Reports (cos.io/rr), Open Practice Badges (cos.io/badges), and the TOP Guidelines (cos.io/top) are three leading initiatives that have substantial impact on the scholarly community.

One Project Coordinator will support COS’s policy and incentive programs in stewarding these committees and working groups. This work will include coordinating the growth of the committees, soliciting input form the wider community, convening regular group meetings, and working to gain input and adoption of best practices among researchers. 

This work requires effective communication, attention to detail, effective documentation skills, and comfort with research communities. Being able to manage many practices on a variety of topics simultaneously is desirable.

The Project Coordinators will join a growing team in COS’s Policy efforts. They will initially report to the Director of Policy Initiatives or the Policy Program Manager.  The team will operate in COS’s agile scrum management process with highly defined tasks and deliverables to track progress. Two week sprints with daily scrums will identify risks and bottlenecks early in project execution for intervention and correction.

Responsibilities

-- Support the needs of working groups in developing, maintaining, and disseminating standards in scholarly communication

-- Establishing timelines for remote and in person meetings of working group members

-- Documentation of working group decisions and seeking support from COS and external stakeholders to implement key tasks.

-- Supporting objectives that ensure overall project success

-- Gathering and organizing materials and data from a variety of sources

-- Implementing strong documentation practices for all project activities

Skills

-- Experience (Bachelor’s, Master’s or equivalent) in one or more social-behavioral science disciplines

-- Experience with research methodology or scholarly publishing

-- Demonstrated commitment to transparency, rigor, and reproducibility in research

-- Highly efficient and task-oriented

-- Attention to detail and very strong documentation and workflow management skills

-- Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently and in coordination with a team for advancing shared objectives on a very assertive timeline

-- Ability to prioritize, make decisions, problem-solve, and ask for help

Notes

This position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA.  Start date in January or February 2020.  Questions can be emailed to jobs@cos.io. On-site is desired, but remote work will be considered. 

Benefits
  • COS offers full time employees:

    • 401(k) with employer match. COS offers a matching contribution of 100% up to 3% of pay and another 50% up to 5% of pay (the full match will be 4% if participants elect to defer 5%)
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance. COS covers 100% of employee premium and 50% of all dependent coverage costs under the base plan
    • 15 days vacation in year one
    • Paid family medical leave. COS offers paid leave for up to three (3) months to all full-time, regular employees to care for their child after birth, after or during the adoption process, or to care for their spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition
    • Modern office space and other amenities
    • COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance
Applying

Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome, and can be directed to jobs@cos.io. COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Senior (Front-end) Software Engineer

Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) is looking for an experienced senior software engineer to advance our mission of increasing the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research.  We’re looking for someone to help us build user-facing SPAs that provide a great user experience through performance and reliability. The perfect candidate for this role has worked in the commercial software space for a while but would now like to use their engineering skill to positively impact the world. We are more interested in your communication skills, passion, and ability than we are in the specific technologies that you use. A great developer will be a great developer in any language.

Founded in 2013, COS is a non-profit organization that has pushed for meaningful change in the scientific community. We've initiated large-scale reproducibility studies, challenged the incentive models of science publication, and built the OSF (the premier online framework for ensuring that science is open and available).  All of our software is free and open source, and we want to apply the same transparent and open principles to science.

Core technologies we use
  • Front-End: Ember.js and TypeScript
  • Back-End: Python, Django, Tornado, and Flask
  • Databases & Messaging: PostgreSQL, ElasticSearch, RabbitMQ
  • Authentication: CAS (Java)
  • Google Cloud, Kubernetes, Jenkins, and Travis
Roles and responsibilities
  • LEADERSHIP: Help lead and mentor a small team of developers building the front end of a Postgres-backed web application. Provide code review, mentorship, and guidance for junior- and mid- level developers
  • ARCHITECTURE and DEVELOPMENT: Make evidence- and experience- backed architecture decisions for new and existing products.  Write clean, maintainable, and well-designed code. Troubleshoot and improve legacy systems
  • COORDINATION: Help triage and prioritize projects and products to meet business needs. Plan releases and organize migrations in concert with devops
Skills
  • Ability to make and drive technical decisions to completion
  • Great communication, including thoughtful listening skills, the ability to express complex ideas clearly and succinctly, and the ability to communicate well in writing
  • Demonstrate expert-level understanding of Javascript and ideally TypeScript
  • Experience in at least one front-end web application framework (e.g. Ember.js, Vue.js, Angular, React)
  • Demonstrated experience in front-end testing best practices
  • Expert in software design principles
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Experience mentoring other engineers
  • Ability to work independently, and passionate about software engineering concepts
  • Experience collaborating with teams across and outside the organization
  • Track record leading teams to timely and effective project completion
Location
  • The position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA.  On-site is desired, but remote work will be considered.
Benefits
  • COS offers full time employees:

    • 401(k) with employer match. COS offers a matching contribution of 100% up to 3% of pay and another 50% up to 5% of pay (the full match will be 4% if participants elect to defer 5%)
    • Health, dental, and vision insurance. COS covers 100% of employee premium and 50% of all dependent coverage costs under the base plan
    • 15 days vacation in year one
    • Paid family medical leave. COS offers paid leave for up to three (3) months to all full-time, regular employees to care for their child after birth, after or during the adoption process, or to care for their spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition
    • Modern office space and other amenities
    • COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance
Applying

COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome and can be directed to jobs@cos.io. You can also see more on GitHub.

Where We Live

From hikes and rides atop the peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains, to navigating the taps of the BrewRidge Trail, Charlottesville boasts both urban culture and rural adventure. The pedestrian mall downtown offers local shopping, a range of restaurants from French fine dining to sushi rolls to take-away crepes, weekend farmer’s markets, and a music scene to suit tastes for both jazz piano and garage rock. Steeped with history, Charlottesville and the surrounding area offers many landmarks of its own. 

To branch out beyond the local without leaving the city, however, there are museums like the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum and the Special Collections Library at UVA. And, if you want to get out of town, DC is just two hours away and the state capital, Richmond, is a mere one-hour drive. See why the New York Times loves Charlottesville! Read this article in The Guardian about Charlottesville's great community. Or, check out the local events calendar.

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Our Work

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Research Software and Storage

COS has developed a variety of software tools and workflows based on our free Open Science Framework to help researchers manage and archive their research, privately or publicly. We work with a great technology stack and the latest tools. 

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Community Development

COS helps connect and build open science communities of researchers, their affiliated institutions, their funders, and the publishers of research outcomes.

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Metascience and Research

COS supports and conducts research on scientific practices. Our team members are thought leaders on open science and our tools serve as critical research platforms.

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