Help Change How Science is Done. Join Our Team.

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! 

Current Open Positions


Help support open science by joining the Center for Open Science Quality Assurance team. Participate in ensuring the open source, free software we release is of the highest quality for our growing user base. Collaborate with a strong team of developers, product owners, and QA team members to devise and execute testing strategies for our flagship platform, the OSF.

COS is a non-profit organization with the mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research. We support this by developing open source software to aid researchers in doing open, reproducible science. Join us!

  • Previous experience testing software

  • Knowledge of test automation or programming

  • Inquisitive mind

  • Strong collaboration skills

  • Eye for detail

  • Self motivation


What our team does:

  • Creates, executes, and documents thorough manual test plans

  • Test automation using Selenium in Python

  • Digs deep to hunt down obscure issues

  • Communicates among development team and stakeholders

  • Agile software development


Charlottesville, VA on-site 


COS has prime office space downtown and offers catered staff lunch once per week. We have 27'' monitors, an open workspace with floor-to-ceiling windows (private offices are not assigned, but used as-needed), a stocked kitchen, and whiteboard walls. 


The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries. For any questions regarding this role, the hiring process, or virtually anything else, you can reach us at

Please submit a resume via our job portal.

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.

Check out our Employee Manual and Policies and Procedures for more information.