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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

Engagement Lead

Background
The Center for Open Science (COS) is looking for an Engagement Lead to support community engagement, communication, user support, and evaluate trends to support open science behavior adoption and the COS mission. 
 
Founded in 2013, COS is a non-profit technology company whose mission is to increase the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research. 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. 
 
The Engagement Lead will be part of the Product team and plays an essential role in COS’s ability to provide excellent community and client experiences as part of our user-centric product development. The position will support the product vision through effective and efficient management of client and user relationships, communication,  and ensure user success in open science behaviors with our products and services. The Engagement Lead 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
  • Extremely knowledgeable on general product capabilities in order to promote the product within research communities and respond to user queries
  • Cultivate strong and trusted community and user relationships
  • Support communications plan and community engagement program by interacting with stakeholders in the research community
  • Draft and distribute content and resources that promote the products, as well as accomplishments of product users with the member community
  • Facilitate inter-team communication to solicit feedback and/or develop user resources
  • Assist with creating and managing content for social media platforms (twitter, facebook, blog)
  • Provide product overviews for new community members
  • Lead or facilitate COS workshops for members and research communities
  • Manage user support help desk, responding to user reports of issues and feature requests by coordinating with product, engineering, and quality assurance teams to ensure prompt resolution
  • Own development and maintenance of product help documentation with support from product owners
  • Report on customer relations activities regularly, triage feature requests and evaluate user support trends
Required Skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience working in a research-oriented environment
  • Experience in customer/community engagement role or supporting online communities
  • Desire to work as a team player and seek opportunities to collaborate within and across teams to advance outcomes
  • Experienced multi-tasker with ability to handle and prioritize various tasks
  • Adaptive to rapidly changing demands and multiple priorities in a high performance workplace
  • Strong analytical, organizational, and documentation skills with excellent attention to detail
  • Self-starting, industrious, creative, and independent worker who continually seeks new challenges and responsibilities
  • Experience using Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems, Project Management systems and customer interfacing systems such as Zendesk
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • 1+ years experience in communications, engagement or other related position 
  • Experience within research or scientific environment 
Location
  • COS is located in Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Remote work is available for this position
Salary Range
  • $40,000 - $50,000 depending on relevant experience and skills
Benefits
  • 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 paid time off (PTO) in year one in addition to paid holidays.
  • COS offers paid leave for up to three (3) months to all regular full-time 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 as well as for the employee’s own serious health condition.
  • Modern office space and other amenities.
How to apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter here that articulates your interest in this position and reflects on the question, “How can your unique background support open science communities?” Questions about the position and COS are welcome and can be directed to jobs@cos.io.
 
COS is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also strongly encourage 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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