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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


Background

Background about the Center for Open Science

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 (3) metascience, research on scientific practices.   


Community Manager Position

This position is the operational lead of COS’s NSF-funded project to create a STEM Education Research Hub and is integrated with COS’s broader objectives to provide products, shape policy, and increase community capacity for open, reproducible research in all fields. The Community Manager will connect Hub objectives with the new Open Scholarship Knowledge Base and facilitate cultivation of community and content to support advancing rigor and credibility in education research. The Community Manager will also lead grassroots community development in education research specifically and in collaboration across disciplinary communities. The goal of the grant is to establish a community-sustained social and technical infrastructure to support changing the research culture toward greater rigor and reproducibility.


Community Manager Candidates

The ideal candidate has strong knowledge of research methodology, a passion for curating and synthesizing complex content and presenting that information logically and in an organized manner, a skill for empowering community members to act individually and in concert, and a community orientation of inclusion and collaboration with experts across disciplines for content generation and social activism.  The community manager will be socially engaged with many stakeholders cultivating culture change and community resources.


Responsibilities

Community Engagement

-- Organizing, planning, and managing community building events for education researchers, specifically a yearly hosted meeting in the mold of the Society for Improving Psychological Science community meetings for education research

-- Plan and execute outreach to education research community with Communications and Outreach Coordinator

-- Attendance at STEM Education research and related meetings to build community and advance COS’s mission

-- Cultivating community leadership and participation by education researchers such that advancement of open scholarship is driven by the community itself 

-- Collaboration within COS and with external partners to align incentive, policy, and training efforts in education research with broader scholarly community efforts

-- Collaborate with internal Product and Engineering teams to develop requirements for the STEM Education Research Hub, successfully launch the Hub, continually maintain and improve, and track usage and adoption.


Knowledge Base Manager

-- Collaborate with consultant leading initial implementation of Knowledge Base for ensuring effective implementation of technical and social components, and smooth transition to management of the service to the Community Manager

-- Implementing an efficient and sustainable model for community leadership, editing, and contribution to the Knowledge Base

-- Manage communication, negotiation, and planning among contributing stakeholders across the scholarly community for the Knowledge Base

-- Monitor usage and uptake of Knowledge Base content by including basic analytics for views, comments, contributions, and collaborators to report out to the community and stakeholders.

-- Assess gaps in Knowledge Base materials to support the variety of audiences, use cases and disciplines for sourcing development of content for robust materials.

-- Consolidating knowledge and existing material for seeding the Knowledge Base

-- Ensure intuitive and easy content navigation with multiple points of entry for Knowledge Base. Facilitate transitions in knowledge acquisition from introduction to depth and into implementation.  

-- Project management of key objectives and milestones for project


Competencies

-- Community-building, grassroots organizing

-- Proficiency with collaboration tools

-- Experience with highly collaborative projects 

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

-- Event planning and management in unconference format 

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

-- 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 

-- Ability to prioritize, make decisions, problem-solve, and ask for help 

-- Demonstrated ability to curate and present a dense or challenging subject matter in online spaces

-- Expertise with agile practices a plus

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


Notes

Position Detail

Salary range $60,000 to $65,000 commensurate with experience. Preferred start date in May 2020.  The duration of the position is for three years, with extension or transition to other roles contingent on future funding availability. The position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA.  Community Manager reports to the Director of Policy and also works closely with COS’s Product team. On-site and remote working circumstances 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
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 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. 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 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.

Customer Relations Specialist Position
COS is seeking a Customer Relations Specialist to join its Product team. Reporting to the Director of Product, the specialist plays an essential role in COS’s ability to provide excellent user and client experiences as part of our customer-centric product development. The Customer Relations Specialist is responsible for supporting COS’s mission through the effective delivery of products and services to our stakeholders, clients and users. 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.
Responsibilities

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

  1. Manages our user support help desk including monitoring, triaging, and responding to all support cases with excellent customer service.

  2. Leads trouble shooting with end users, customers, and internal team, and directs them to user-facing resources or promptly develops support materials to address common challenges.

  3. Cultivates strong and trusted customer relationships with timely and accurate communications.

  4. Owns development and maintenance of product help documentation with support from product owners.

  5. Owns community interest queries and inbound leads in Salesforce by triaging and ensuring responses to all queries, making handoffs to product owners when relevant.

  6. Guides set up and onboarding for new customers onto products.

  7. Conducts product overviews and general webinars on products, and is knowledgeable on general product capabilities to answer customer queries.

  8. Coordinates with infrastructure and quality assurance teams to ensure prompt resolution to issues and communication of feature requests.

  9. Provides reporting on customer relations activities regularly, triages feature requests and provides insights for product team strategy development.

  10. Recommends process improvements to increase efficiency and scalability of user support services.

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

Skills
  • Experience in a customer-facing role working via email and web meetings

  • Experience using CRM, help desk, web communication, and documentation software, such as Salesforce, Zendesk,,  Zoom, and ScreenSteps or similar tools

  • Team-oriented

  • Very strong work ethic and a passion for customer engagement 

  • 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 in a high performance workplace

Location

COS is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Remote work is not 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 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.
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.

Product Owner Position
COS is seeking a Product Owner to join its Product team. Reporting to the Director of Product, the Product Owner plays an essential role in COS’s product development and ability to meet its mission. The Product Owner is responsible for supporting COS’s product vision through effective and efficient management of product development activities and building and maintaining strong relationships with our community of users and stakeholders. 


Each of COS’s Product Owners are generalists on OSF.io and specialists in a specific product, this position will be the specialist on OSF and OSF Registries. With support from the broader Product team, the OSF and Registries Product Owner will understand the use cases and workflows of the product, manage product feedback of features, improvements and bugs in the product backlog, work with new communities to build strong relationships and prepare to launch new registries.
Responsibilities
  1. Understands and stays updated on the scholarly research data ecosystem, incorporating the rapidly evolving landscape into the product vision and business model conversations

  2. Establishes strong understanding of the product and its use cases, and collaborates bidirectionally with end users and stakeholders to understand and share future ideas for the product

  3. Works with the product team to assess feedback from users and stakeholders, applying the business goals to prioritize and effectively communicate with leadership

  4. Gathers feedback and requirements, writes user stories and shepherds projects through the development process with effective collaboration between product management and agile development teams

  5. Represents the product vision based on organizational goals, institutional stakeholder needs and user feedback both internally with product development, policy, and research teams and externally with libraries, stakeholders, and researchers

  6. Builds strong relationships with the users and communities using OSF and registration infrastructure

  7. Executes the launch of fee for service with branded registry interfaces to meet stakeholder and customer needs, leading demonstrations and negotiations with branded registry customers to help meet organizational business goals

  8. Participates in product area project support with representation in the agile processes through attendance in scrums, discovery, kickoff, grooming, sprint planning, and product demo meetings to ensure clarity of requirements

  9. Collaborates with the Communication Coordinator to promote new features and improvements to user base and to plan outreach to communities and potential new users to grow adoption

  10. Creates or updates user-facing product documentation for product area, ensuring cohesion with established style, tone, and information architecture

  11. Stays connected with user support inquiries and responses leading to resolution of user challenges. Leverages support inquiries to  improve documentation, user experience, and feature development

  12. Takes a user-centric approach to their product area by incorporating user research to gather and understand challenges facing researchers across domains on adoption of open and reproducible research practices using COS products.

  13. Collaborates with the product team and Data Scientist to develop KPIs and monitor adoption of products and features

  14. Advances UX redesigns of product pages by bringing strong knowledge of user challenges and user behavior data to drive product interface and workflow improvements

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • 1-3 years experience in software product management

  • Experience with scrum agile development methodologies

  • Background in scientific research

Skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong analytical, organization and documentation skills with excellent attention to detail

  • Creativity and ability to convey ideas in a clear and concise way

  • Strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining strong attention to detail

  • Self-starter and independent worker who continually seeks new challenges and responsibilities

  • Sound judgment, professionalism, and a positive attitude

  • Resourcefulness, creativity, and strong problem-solving skills

  • Ability to react quickly to complex situations

Notes

COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance. This position is desired to be on site in the Charlottesville, VA office, however remote accommodations will be considered.

Salary is expected to be between mid 50 to mid 60s, depending on relevant experience and skills. 

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

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.
Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) develops tools to support the scientific workflow (i.e., Open Science Framework), fosters community standards for open practices, and conducts metascience research - science on scientific practices. The Policy team at COS conducts grassroots and top-down stakeholder interventions to change norms, incentives, and policies toward open scholarship. Much of this work is through delivery of services including community organizing and project management of stakeholder interventions to foster open behaviors, and delivery of free product solutions to stakeholder groups including badges to signal open practices at journals, Registered Reports to promote research rigor and eliminate publication bias, and TOP Guidelines to improve journal, funder, and institutional policies for culture change toward greater transparency and reproducibility.


The new Policy Program Manager is responsible for planning and overseeing the day-to-day work on policy initiatives, manages the Community Manager who is the operational lead for an NSF-funded grassroots program in Education research and a Project Manager who is the operational lead for COS’s role in DARPA ASIST and provides project management for stakeholder interventions. The Policy Program Manager will likewise have an operational role in advancing the culture change policy initiatives with publishers, funders, societies, and/or institutions.  


The Policy Program Manager reports to the Director of Policy Initiatives. The Policy team operates in a flexible management process that seeks to optimize agile decision making, independence of project execution, and accountability to organizational leadership and the external community.


The Policy Program Manager will have managerial responsibility for policy team members meeting milestones, and delivering on grassroots organizing and stakeholder influence efforts with effective, efficient effort and high standards for ethics and transparency.


In partnership with the Director of Policy, the Policy Program Manager will evaluate existing funder or publisher policies, advise external decision makers on proposed policies, identify barriers to implementing better policies in external organizations, develop communities of practice within the priority disciplines, and collaborate with the Director of Policy Initiatives on strategy and tactics for achieving the team’s goals. This work requires effective communication with external stakeholders and familiarity with academic research community stakeholders: funders, institutions, and publishers. 


As such, the Policy Program Manager will have demonstrated excellence in both big picture understanding of the scholarly research landscape for influencing stakeholders, and on-the-ground operational skills in steering a team toward delivery on project commitments. The successful candidate will have a track record of identifying and overcoming barriers to project completion. 


Responsibilities
  • Managing people, 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

  • Executing the substantive goals of the policy team and recommending operational solutions

  • Implement strong documentation practices for all project activities to ensure transparency and reproducibility

  • Assess and improve processes, such as evaluation of funder and journal policies, with the aim of facilitating community contribution and automation where possible 

  • Communicate and evangelize open scholarship policies to stakeholder communities

  • Support community-based, grassroots initiatives and facilitate community engagement with Community Manager as direct report and operational lead

  • Engage, influence, and support decision-makers from stakeholder communities (funders, journals. Societies, institutions) on adoption of open scholarship policies and initiatives

  • Plan project management staffing and support with partners on policy/incentive/norm initiatives and interventions

  • Support negotiation and budgeting for partnerships on policy/incentive/norm

Skills
  • Outstanding personnel management skills

  • 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

  • Good knowledge and handling of project and program management methodology and technique, including determining which processes and tools best fit a team

  • Experience with agile practices

  • Strong practical experience in project management

  • Proficiency with collaboration tools

  • Experience with highly collaborative projects

  • Substantial experience and expertise in the research culture, ideally with direct experience in one or more of research, scholarly communications, research fundings, or institutional administration

  • Experience and substantial knowledge of open science and publisher or funder policies

  • Experience with research methodology

  • Ability to rapidly assess research across a variety of scientific domain

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

Notes

Salary range $68,000 to $78,000 commensurate with experience. 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, or if they themselves have a serious health condition

  • Modern office space and other amenities

  • COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance

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 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.

Preprints Product Owner Position
COS is seeking a Product Owner to join its Product team. Reporting to the Director of Product, the Product Owner plays an essential role in COS’s product development and ability to meet its mission. The Product Owner is responsible for supporting COS’s product vision through effective and efficient management of product development activities and building and maintaining strong relationships with our community of preprint services. 


Each of COS’s Product Owners are generalists on OSF.io and specialists in a specific product, in this case OSF Preprints. With support from the broader Product team, the Preprint Product Owner fields support and product inquiries, manages communications with the community server leads, users and stakeholders, manages and prioritizes the product feedback of features, improvements and bugs in the product backlog, works with new communities to prepare and launch new preprint servers, and collaborates with community server leads to maintain strong governance of the service.


Responsibilities
  • Understands and stays updated on the scholarly communications ecosystem, incorporating the rapidly evolving landscape into the product vision and business model conversations
  • Represents the product vision based on organizational goals, institutional stakeholder needs and user feedback both internally with product development, policy and research teams and externally with libraries, stakeholders and researchers
  • Builds strong relationships with the communities operating preprint servers on the OSF Preprints infrastructure supporting their establishment of editorial guidelines, governance models, promotion and adoption activities, and sustainability of support costs
  • Establishes strong understanding of the product, the use cases the product is expected to meet and collaborates bidirectionally with end users and stakeholders to understand and share future ideas for the product
  • Works with product management and the current process in place to assess feedback from users and stakeholders, applying the business goals to prioritize and effectively communicate with leadership
  • Gathers feedback and requirements, writes user stories and shepherds projects through development process with effective collaboration between product management and agile development teams
  • Establish best practices in governance of the community servers, is the COS liaison with the community servers, managing the conduit of communication and accountability
  • Creates of or updates user-facing product documentation for product area, ensuring cohesion with established style, tone and information architecture
  • Manages user support inquiries with good communication of responses leading to resolution of user challenges. Leveraging support inquiries to better manage the product documentation, user experience and future enhancement development
  • Participates in product area project support with representation in the agile processes through attendance in scrums, discovery, kickoff, grooming, sprint planning, product demo meetings to ensure clarity of requirements
  • Collaborates with the Communication Coordinator on communicating new features and improvements to user base
Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • 1-3 years experience in community management or similar role

  • Experience with scrum agile development methodologies

  • 1-3 years experience in scholarly communications

Skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong analytical, organization and documentation skills with excellent attention to detail

  • Creativity and ability to convey ideas in a clear and concise way

  • Strong interpersonal skills 

  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining strong attention to detail 

  • Self-starter and independent worker who continually seeks new challenges and responsibilities

  • Sound judgment, professionalism, and a positive attitude

  • Resourcefulness, creativity, and strong problem-solving skills

  • Ability to react quickly to complex situations

Benefits

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 between 50 to 60k, 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 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.
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 new backend data models and API endpoints to feed a user-facing SPA, and to identify bottlenecks and optimize database throughput, code speed, and infrastructure 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 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 principles to science.
Responsibilities
  • LEADERSHIP: Lead a small team of developers building the backend 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: Triage and prioritize projects and products to meet business needs. Plan releases and organize migrations in concert with devops
Skills
  • Extensive experience with relational databases 

  • 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 one or more commonly used languages, such as Python, Ruby, Go, or JavaScript

  • Expert in software design principles

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Experience mentoring other engineers

  • Ability to work independently, and passionate about software engineering concepts

Core Technologies
  • Back-End: Python, Django, Tornado, and Flask

  • Databases & Messaging: PostgreSQL, ElasticSearch, RabbitMQ

  • Authentication: CAS (Java)

  • Front-End: EmberJS and TypeScript

  • Google Cloud, Kubernetes, Jenkins, and Travis

Notes

COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance.

Location

COS is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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

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.
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 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 principles to science.
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

Core Technologies
  • 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

Notes


Location

COS is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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.


Applying
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.


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

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