Help Us Change How Research is Done.

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!


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.



Current Positions

Background

Background: The Chief Operating Officer (COO) is responsible for executing daily operational administrative functions to fulfill the organization’s mission. This includes the core areas of business operations, budget, event services, facilities, finance, sustainability, HR, recruiting, hiring, performance management, IT, and team services. The COO improves operating procedures to help the organization become more efficient in using its resources. The COO implements the vision and strategies set by the Executive Director and Board of Directors. Reporting to the Executive Director, the COO is a member of the leadership team.  

The Center for Open Science (COS) is a funded non-profit looking for a professional with substantial experience in operations to sharpen organizational execution. COS was founded in 2013 and is transitioning into a mature organization with a well-defined mission, strategy, and suite of free and open products and services. COS is looking for an operations leader with expertise to transition a small, young organization to a larger, mature organization while retaining the best elements of the operation and culture. COS has a staff of ~60, emphasizes transparency, provides services at a global scale, and executes on its nonprofit mission with the expectations for effectiveness and efficiency of a commercial technology organization.

An ideal candidate will bring and apply core values of organizational transparency and ethical leadership; provide strategic insight for maximizing organizational effectiveness; build systems that maximize opportunities and professional growth of staff; facilitate a positive, inclusive organizational culture; foster strong process and procedures while maintaining agility and responsivity to a dynamic environment; readily alternate between execution and strategic roles as needed while raising the capacity of direct reports in their roles; support a collaborative, service-based relationship with external partners; implement procedures that meet present needs and can accommodate organizational growth and change; and fully embrace the organizational mission to foster openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research. COS expects itself to be an exemplar of the values that it promotes.

Ideal candidates will bring 10+ years of professional experience in operations and managing teams with deep experience in one or more core operational categories. Depending on experience and skills, the initial position may be scoped and defined as COO, VP-Operations, or Director of Operations.


Responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Establish and oversee operating processes for the organization.
  • Collaborate with managers to uphold processes.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to improve organizational efficiency.
  • Direct the day-to-day operations of the organization.
  • Plan and strategize for continued growth of the organization.
  • Coordinate with Board of Directors and Leadership Team to implement management strategies, and serve on the Leadership Team.
  • Manage the budget and financial planning.
  • Manage physical facilities and assets.
  • Collect and analyze data to maintain awareness of the health of the organization.
  • Proactively identify personnel and resource gaps with team leads and develop hiring proposals.
  • Identify, select, and work with consultants (e.g. legal, financial, HR) to supplement expertise when necessary.
  • Hold signing authority for organizational documents (e.g. financial, business, grants, contracts, HR).
  • Serve as the Research Integrity Officer (RIO), Authorized Organizational Representative (AOR) for grants, and DMCA agent.
  • Review all legal documents including Terms of Services.
  • Serve as administrator for most enterprise software systems.


Skills

Strategic planning.

People management.

Accountability.

Decision making.

Communication.

Leadership.

Project management.


Notes

Notes: The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.  The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia dedicated to improving the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices.  The COS team moves quickly, identifies problems and creates solutions, encourages risk-taking, blends science and technology, is highly collaborative, is high energy, and is dedicated to openness.  COS has three primary activities: (1) infrastructure development to support the scientific workflow (http://osf.io/) - documentation, archiving, sharing, and registration - and connect with other open technologies, (2) culture change via community building among stakeholders in science - particularly service providers, societies, institutions, publishers, funding organizations, and grassroots communities of researchers and developers, and (3) metascience, research on scientific practices.  COS is supported by a variety of federal and foundation funders such as NIH, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Get more information about COS at its website, particularly the organization’s strategic plan.  Insight on the broader vision for the organization’s mission to change the culture of science and scholarship appear in two papers about scientific communication and scientific practices.   

Benefits

COS offers vision, dental, and health insurance. COS has prime office space downtown and caters two staff lunches per week. We have dedicated parking, 27'' monitors, a stocked kitchen, and white-board walls. Discover more about our office perks.

Applying

Applying: Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position through our job portal. 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) develops tools to support the scientific workflow (i.e., Open Science Framework), fosters community standards and efforts for open practices, and conducts metascience research - science on scientific practices. We seek an intern with extremely strong social and organizational skills to contribute to community efforts, and to help facilitate open science practices more broadly within the scientific research community.

Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the Community Intern will be to assist in a number of on-going projects and gain experience using key business support software platforms like Salesforce.com, Desk.com, and JIRA. Tasks may include monitoring and responding to user support requests via email and directing users to available resources, contributing to the knowledge base by creating and updating user documentation for product releases, maintaining a database of published research citing the OSF, and contributing qualified contacts and accounts to the Salesforce.com database for future engagement.

Skills

Extremely high social and communication skills; Exceptional organization and attention to detail; Experience with web communication and documentation software; Team-oriented; Very strong work ethic; Experienced multi-tasker; Self-starter and industrious; Adaptive to rapidly changing demands in a high performance workplace; Very strong writing skills. Skills in email marketing, customer service, and business development are a plus.

Notes

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages plications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries. The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit science and technology organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia dedicated to improving the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices. The COS team moves quickly, identifies problems and creates solutions, encourages risk-taking, is highly collaborative, is high energy, and is dedicated to openness. COS has three primary activities: (1) infrastructure development to support the scientific workflow- documentation, archiving, sharing, and registration - and connect with other open technologies, (2) community building among open-source developers, open science researchers, and the broader scientific community, and (3) metascience, research on scientific practices. Get more information about COS at its Website.

Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Applying

COS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, and encourages applications from women and minorities. Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here.

Background

Develop exclusively free, open source software in the name of open science.

The Center for Open Science is a funded non-profit startup looking for OSS developers who are passionate about modern web and API practices (and, ideally, science) with expertise across the web development stack. Open source has changed how software development works, and we want to apply the same principles to the sciences. Everything we develop is exclusively free and open source.

Summer or part-time internship form; students will work with our developers and carve out their own open science project.

Skills

Core Technologies
Python
Micro-frameworks (e.g., Django, Flask)
Git
Javascript
Javascript Frameworks (e.g., Ember, Knockout)
No-SQL Databases (e.g., MongoDB, PostgreSQL)
API development


Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Benefits

You’ll be able to quickly try a lot of what Charlottesville has to offer as the Center has prime office space downtown and caters two staff lunches per week. We have 27'' monitors in an open workspace with floor-to-ceiling windows (private offices are not assigned, but used as-needed), a stocked kitchen, and white-board walls. See more about amenities.

COS interns who have to relocate to Charlottesville will be eligible for reimbursement up to $250 for pre-approved travel costs (including rental car, taxi, plane, train, hotel, or mileage if using a personal vehicle). COS will assist interns with locating temporary housing in the area as well. Please refer to this relocation document for helpful tips on moving to Charlottesville for the summer.

Applying

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Please send a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. You can also see more on GitHub.

Background

Develop exclusively free, open source software to support open science.  The Center for Open Science (COS) is a funded, non-profit startup looking for a senior developer who is passionate about open source, science, and collaboration. 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.

Skills

We are much more concerned about collaboration, passion, and ability than the actual technologies you use. A great developer will be effective in any language. A great team lead will be organized, have strong planning, estimation, and communication skills, and be driven by helping their team be successful. We are missioned with connecting and educating the open science and open source communities. The Python community represents what an effective community should look like and has strong ties to the sciences. As long as your values are aligned with those, we want to hear from you.

Core Technologies
  • Python
  • Web frameworks (e.g., Django, Flask, Tornado)
  • Git
  • Javascript
  • Javascript Frameworks (e.g., Knockout, Ember)
  • RESTful APIs, GraphQL
Notes

For any questions regarding this role, the hiring process, or virtually anything else, you can reach us at jobs@cos.io.

Referrals

COS offers $1,000 hiring bounty for full-time Developer positions. The Center for Open Science has a unique work environment for extremely talented developers: [1] we develop exclusively free, open source software; [2] we are a well-resourced, mission-driven, non-profit tech start-up; and, [3] we serve and support the open source and open science communities.

Benefits

COS offers vision, dental, and health insurance. COS has prime office space downtown and caters two staff lunches per week. We have dedicated parking, 27'' monitors, a stocked kitchen, and white-board walls. Discover more about our office perks.

Applying

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries. Please submit a resume via our job portal.

Background

Focus on the visual design, identity, and user experience of the Center for Open Science’s (COS) free and open source products and services. Be part of an enthusiastic and motivated team that is helping science become more open and reproducible. The Web Designer Intern will employ leading edge design and user experience methods to create a professional, accessible, polished style for COS products, services, and web presence. This role requires expert understanding of UI/UX fundamentals and design trends, an uncanny sense of style, color, layout, and typography; and someone who wants to contribute to a mission-driven, non-profit startup. See more on Github.

Responsibilities

Design and maintain the visual brand for COS products, foremost the Open Science Framework and its associated services; collaborate with community and infrastructure teams to match visual and interactive styles with COS products, services, and web presence; Align design and creative strategies with COS mission; Produce web and print photos, websites, banners, ads, videos, and more.

Skills

Seeks and employs cutting edge and modern web design techniques and tools; Outstanding information design abilities; Graphical expertise in Adobe products; Great communicator; Desire and passion in collaborating across many functional areas of the team; Strong abilities in presenting rationale behind strategic, architectural, and design decisions; Advocate for user experience; Team player; High energy, results-oriented, productive and dedicated to high quality.

Highly desired: Technical expertise in HTML, CSS, and Javascript; Understanding of modern techniques/frameworks and single-page/API-driven front-ends.

Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Applying

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Please send a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here


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