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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! 


Current Openings


Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) is undertaking a project (to be announced) 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 and reproductions of a sample of the claims to test the accuracy of confidence scores generated by partners.  The project is expected to run from January 2019 to December 2021.


The Data Manager will be responsible for creating, maintaining, and enhancing the large dataset of claims and evidence.  The Data Manager will work closely with the Data Enhancement partners to develop the dataset, manage claim extraction, merge data, and monitor automated and manual data coding and integration. The Data Manager will manage and document the dataset; liaise with external dataset managers to align their fields and process to move towards automated processing; manage grants for automated extraction and enhancement techniques; and support monthly reporting dataset and testing confidence scores contributed by other performing teams.


The Data Manager will report to the Program Manager, and will collaborate closely with the Data Enhancer and Claim Extraction Leads.


Responsibilities

-- Creating and curating a database of scholarly claims

-- 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

-- Navigating licensing arrangements with external parties for use of proprietary data for integration with the enhanced dataset


Skills

-- Expertise with data managing, data wrangling, data merging, and data documentation

-- Expertise with scholarly databases and APIs

-- 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

-- 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.  On-site is highly desired, but remote work will be considered. Start date of early 2019 is unlikely to be flexible.  However, COS will not require that graduate student applicants have defended their thesis by the start date. This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is expected to be in the mid-60s.

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 of paid time off 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.

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.
Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) is undertaking a project (to be announced) 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 and reproductions of a sample of the claims to test the accuracy of confidence scores generated by partners.  The project is expected to run from January 2019 to December 2021.


The Data Scientist will evaluate project effort and accuracy, lead meta-analytic analysis across replication outcomes, lead evaluation of accuracy by partner labs in predicting replication outcomes, and complete monthly reports on the qualities and characteristics of the enhanced dataset. The Data Scientist will also provide consulting support to the Project Managers and the network of partner labs in design and analysis planning.  Finally, the Data Scientist will conduct statistical review of completed study plans.


The Data Scientist will report to the Program Manager and support both replications and dataset enhancement efforts.


Responsibilities

-- Statistical planning and review for a wide variety of statistical methods in the social-behavioral sciences

-- Fostering reproducible workflows

-- Data analysis of a large enhanced dataset of research claims

-- Continual written reports on the research process and qualities of the collected data

-- Meta-analytic efforts across replication projects

-- Statistical consulting with the network of collaborating research teams

-- Collaboration with the Data Manager to aggregate replication/reproduction efforts to create a large, enriched dataset of claims and evidence

-- Supporting the statistical and methodological rigor of the overall project objectives

-- Strong documentation practices for all project activities, including code and process, to ensure transparency and reproducibility


Skills

-- Expertise (PhD or equivalent) in computationally oriented research domain; experience in one or more social-behavioral science disciplines preferred

-- Very strong research methodology and statistical competencies that are transferable across a variety of research applications

-- Experience manipulating data through statistical software (e.g. R)

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

-- Expertise with R and reproducible workflows

-- Experience with OSF, preregistration, replications (new data testing same question) and reproductions (reanalysis of same data) preferred

-- 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.  On-site is highly desired, but remote work will be considered. Start date of early 2019 is unlikely to be flexible.  However, COS will not require that senior graduate student applicants have defended their PhD by the start date. This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is expected to be ~ mid-80s.  

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 of paid time off 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.

Applying
Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Two or more letters of recommendation can be submitted to betsy@cos.io by the recommendation writer in support of the application. Letters should provide insight on the candidate’s possession of competencies listed above and capacity to meet the described responsibilities. Please instruct letter writers to include the candidate’s name in the subject line of the email. 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.
Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) is undertaking a project (to be announced) 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 replic/ations and reproductions of a sample of the claims to test the accuracy of confidence scores generated by partners.  The project is expected to run from January 2019 to December 2021.

The Program Manager is responsible for planning and for overseeing the day-to-day work on the project, directly manage the three project managers and two project coordinators, and reports to the Metascience Team Lead. The Program Manager oversees the work of partner groups.


Teams 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 manage and execute on defined goals on time and with exceptional quality.


Responsibilities

-- Managing 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 -- funders, other performers, contracting teams, and contracted services

-- Managing the main program documentations

-- Executing the substantive goals of the project led by the Metascience Lead and Executive Director and recommending operational solutions


Skills

-- Outstanding management skills

-- Highly efficient and task-oriented

-- Excellent attention to detail and follow-through

-- 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

-- Expertise with agile practices

-- Strong practical experience in project management

-- Proficiency with collaboration tools

-- Experience with highly collaborative projects including hundreds of contributors a plus

-- Strong background in scientific research; Expertise in social-behavioral science research desired

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

-- Comfort and experience with technology-intensive organizations a plus


Notes

This position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA.  Start of early 2019 is unlikely to be flexible. This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is expected to be in the mid-80s. COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

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 of paid time off 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.

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.
Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) is undertaking a project (to be announced) 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 and reproductions of a sample of the claims to test the accuracy of confidence scores generated by partners.  The project is expected to run from January 2019 to December 2021.

Two Project Coordinators will support the Project Managers in selecting eligible social-behavioral science studies from the sampling frame, vetting and coding claims for eligibility for reproduction or replication, coding datasets, gathering materials for studies, developing study preregistrations, determining study awards for replication teams, managing a portfolio of partner individuals and teams conducting replication (new data) or reproduction (same data) studies, 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 Coordinators will report to the 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. 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

-- 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

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

-- Experience with research methodology

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

-- 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) and/or reproductions (reanalysis of same data) is a plus


Notes

This position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA.  Start date of early 2019 is unlikely to be flexible. This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is expected to be in the mid-40s.

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 of paid time off 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.

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

The Center for Open Science (COS) is undertaking a project (to be announced) 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 and reproductions of a sample of the claims to test the accuracy of confidence scores generated by partners.  The project is expected to run from January 2019 to December 2021.

Three Research Scientists will be responsible for selecting eligible social-behavioral science studies from the sampling frame, vetting and coding claims for eligibility for reproduction or replication, coding datasets, gathering materials for studies, developing study preregistrations, managing a portfolio of partner individuals and teams conducting replication (new data) or reproduction (same data) studies, and rigorously documenting the process to maximize reproducibility. Collectively the three research scientists will manage the process and deliver at least 200 written reports of results from replication and reproduction studies in 15 months, and then repeat the process for the second phase.  This work requires continuous communication and management of many research teams, substantial expertise in research methodology and reproducible practices, and comfort with rapidly learning and managing many research projects on a wide variety of topics across social-behavioral sciences.


The Research Scientists will report to the Program Manager and be supported by two Project Coordinators and staff with specialized skills (reproducibility trainer and statistician).  Teams 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 manage and execute on defined goals on time and with exceptional quality.


Responsibilities

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

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

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

-- Managing timelines, deliverables, and project execution for study caseload and direct responsibilities

-- Supporting research objectives that ensure overall project success

-- Implement and manage change when necessary to meet project goals

-- Strong documentation practices for all project activities including code and process to ensure transparency and reproducibility


Skills

-- Expertise (PhD or equivalent) in one or more social-behavioral science disciplines

-- Very strong research methodology competencies, ideally skills that are transferable across a variety of research applications

-- Ability to understand basic research topics and methodologies across a variety of social-behavioral science domains

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

-- Experience with R, OSF, preregistration, reproducible workflows, replications (new data testing same question) and/or reproductions (reanalysis of same data)

-- 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.  On-site is highly desired, but remote work will be considered. Start date of early 2019 is unlikely to be flexible.  However, COS will not require that senior graduate student applicants have defended their PhD by the start date. COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries. This is a full-time exempt position. Salary is expected to be in the mid-60s.

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 of paid time off 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.

Applying
Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. In the cover letter, please describe the domains of social-behavioral science research with which you have some expertise. Two or more letters of recommendation can be submitted to betsy@cos.io by the recommendation author in support of the application. Letters should provide insight on the candidate’s possession of competencies listed above and capacity to meet the described responsibilities. Please instruct letter writers to include the candidate’s name in the subject line of the email. Questions about the position and COS are welcome and can be directed to jobs@cos.io.
Background

Develop exclusively free, open source software to support open science. The Center for Open Science (COS) is a funded non-profit organization with the mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research. COS is looking for an experienced senior software engineer interested in support of OSS.

Our platforms are developed with the latest Python and JavaScript/TypeScript technology, using modern frameworks like Django, Tornado, and EmberJS. We encourage engagement in the greater open source community, giving talks at conferences, and host community meetups. Open source has changed how software development works, and we want to apply the same principles to science. See our open source work on GitHub.

We are much more concerned about collaboration, passion, and ability than the actual technologies you use. A great developer will be a great developer in any language.

Skills
  • Ability to reason about complex software architecture, and web technologies
  • Demonstrate expert level understanding of software development language(s)
  • Expert in software design principles, and testing methodologies
  • Strong attention to detail, recognizes and avoids software anti-patterns
  • Collaborative code review with peers
  • Experience with relational database technologies
  • Ability to work independently, and passionate about software engineering concepts
Core Technologies
  • Python (2, and 3 incl. AsyncIO)
  • Back-End (Django, Tornado, and Flask)
  • Databases & Messaging (PostgreSQL, ElasticSearch, RabbitMQ)
  • Front-End (EmberJS and TypeScript)
  • RESTful APIs made to specifications (JSON:API)
  • Systems (Google Cloud, Kubernetes, Jenkins, and Travis)
  • Source Control (Git with Git Flow)
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 of paid time off 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.

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.


Our Work


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. 


Community Development

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


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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