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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

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.

Product Support Specialist

Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) is dedicated to improving research practices to accelerate discovery. COS is a nonprofit technology and advocacy organization whose mission is to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research. When the products of the research process become public goods -- analysis plans, data, methods, code, and results -- we can accelerate knowledge, solutions, and cures.

COS is seeking a Product Support Specialist to join its Product team. The specialist plays an essential role in COS’s ability to provide excellent community and client experiences as part of our user-centric product development. The specialist will support the product vision through effective and efficient management of client and user relations and ensure user success in open science behaviors with our products and services. The Product Support Specialist is a highly cross-functional role responsible for supporting COS’s mission through the effective understanding, support, and articulation of products and services to our stakeholders, clients and users.

Responsibilities

The Product Support Specialist will provide front-line support to the growing user community and clients of COS products and services. This individual:

  1. Is extremely knowledgeable on general product capabilities in order to be able to effectively respond to a broad range of user queries and speak publicly about the product.
  2. Manages our user support help desk including monitoring, triaging, and responding to all support cases with excellent customer service.
  3. Leads trouble shooting with end users and community members, and directs them to user-facing resources or promptly develops support materials to address common challenges.
  4. Cultivates strong and trusted community and user relationships with timely and accurate communications.
  5. Facilitates inter-team communication to solicit feedback and/or develop user resources.
  6. Owns development and maintenance of product help documentation with support from product owners.
  7. Guides set up and onboarding for new community members onto products.
  8. Leads or supports COS workshops for members and research communities.
  9. Coordinates with product, engineering, and quality assurance teams to ensure prompt resolution to issues and communication of feature requests.
  10. Provides insights for product team strategy development through reporting on customer relations activities regularly, triages feature requests and quantitative analyses of user support trends.
  11. Recommends process improvements to increase efficiency and scalability of user support services.
Key Areas
  • User support 
  • Project management 
  • Communication
  • Member engagement
Skills
Required Skills:
  • Experience in a customer-facing role working via email and web meetings
  • Experience in community engagement role or supporting online communities
  • Experience using CRM, help desk, web communication, project management and documentation software, such as Salesforce, Zendesk,  Zoom, JIRA, HubSpot, and ScreenSteps or similar tools
  • Team-oriented and strong organizational awareness
  • Very strong work ethic and a passion for supporting culture change
  • Strong analytical, organization, and documentation skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Extremely high social and communication skills 
  • Experienced multi-tasker with ability to handle and prioritize various tasks 
  • Self-starting, industrious, creative, and independent worker who continually seeks new challenges and responsibilities
  • Sound judgment, professionalism, and a positive attitude
  • Adaptive to rapidly changing demands and multiple priorities in a high performance workplace

Highly Desired Skills:

  • Experience in community engagement role or supporting online communities
  • Significant experience with Salesforce or other CRM
  • Familiarity with agile and scrum rituals
  • Familiarity with research and research communities
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 1-3 years experience in customer support role
  • Experience with technical writing
  • Experience within research or scientific environment helpful
Location

COS is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Remote work is available for this position.

Benefits

COS offers full time employees:

  • Competitive salaries
  • 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. Salary is expected to be in the 40s depending on relevant experience and skills.

Applying

COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries. Please apply here by submitting a resume/CV as well as a one page cover letter that articulates your interest in this position and reflects on the question, “How can I support the growth and success of open science?”. Questions about the position and COS are welcome and can be directed to jobs@cos.io.

Data Manager

Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) is a mission-driven non-profit technology company providing free and open services to increase inclusivity and transparency of research. All members of the COS team work towards achieving our mission through the successful completion of their functions and duties.

COS Values & Expectations: COS aims to live up to the values it advocates, which are: openness, transparency, integrity, strong communication, collaboration, dedication to mission and team, respect, inclusiveness, innovation, hard work, and a love-what-you-do mindset. 

COS is seeking a Data Manager to be the operational lead for its role in a recently funded John Templeton Foundation project.  This project will collect survey data on the social, spiritual, and religious attitudes from approximately 300,000 research participants around the world over a period of five years. Some background on the proposed research is available here.

The Data Manager will be responsible for the curation, ethical sharing, and preservation of the data, which will be collected by partner organizations. The Data Manager will be responsible for assisting external researchers on data reuse and requests for data access after external researchers meet criteria for ethical (e.g. IRB certification) and rigorous/transparent (e.g. preregistered designs) standards.  

The Data Manager will be the point-of-contact with the lead teams for the project at Baylor, Harvard, and Gallup and will report to the Program Manager on the Policy team at the Center for Open Science. 

The Data Manager will:

  • Receive the datasets and codebooks.
  • Prepare them for public release.
  • Manage and document the OSF project spaces hosting the data.
  • Implement the release schedule.
  • Provide daily support to researchers using the datasets.
  • Provide support for preregistration and Registered Report submissions associated with the project.
  • Manage communications in conjunction with the communications coordinator.
  • Conduct workshops and webinars for researchers on open and reproducible best practices, use of OSF, and workflows for this project such as the registry and reporting workflow
  • Maintain proper documentation for external community members

Additional data management skills that may be applied:

  • Maintaining and documenting that database for quality and wide use
  • Enhancing the dataset with related data from a wide variety of scholarly databases using and developing automated techniques to keep the dataset up-to-date
  • Enhancing the dataset with data extracted from papers and/or provided by other collaborators or performing teams-- Creating automated workflows for data extraction from sources
  • Negotiating and collaborating with maintainers of other scholarly databases to align data for automated extraction and merging
  • Maintaining overall data integrity for project success
  • Maintaining permissions for data access
Competencies
  • Expertise with data managing, data wrangling, data merging, and data documentation
  • Expertise with scholarly databases. Experience with data access via APIs is desired. 
  • Experience with programming skills for data extraction, merging, and creating automated, repeatable workflows with large databases (SQL experience is a plus)
  • Practical understanding of and experience with machine learning a plus
  • Demonstrated commitment to transparency, rigor, and reproducibility in research
  • Functional knowledge or experience with preregistration or Registered Reports.
  • 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
Travel

This position may require up to 10% of travel (up to 20% if located remote from Charlottesville). 

Required Education and Experience
  • 3-5 years of experience handling research data intended for reuse or curation
  • A demonstrated record of open science practices, such as data sharing, preregistration, collaborative research endeavors requiring documentation or curation.
Preferred Education and Experience
  • Education or related experience equivalent to Master’s level in data science, statistics, or a closely related field. 
Note

Salary range $60,000 - $65,000 commensurate with experience. The position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, Virginia. On site is desired but remote work will be considered.

Benefits

COS offers full time employees:

  • Competitive salaries
  • 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 including free parking.
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/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.

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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