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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! 


Current Openings


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.

COS is seeking a Communications and Outreach Coordinator to join its Product team. Reporting to the Director of Product, the Communications and Outreach Coordinator plays an essential role in COS’s outreach efforts and ability to meet its mission. The Communications and Outreach Coordinator is responsible for promoting all of COS’s products, services, and programs.

Responsibilities
  1. Coordinate and implement digital communication and outreach materials, supporting the work of the product and policy teams.

  2. Create and manage a variety of mediums, such as: photos, videos, logos, and infographics for press releases, blogs, social media, email, newsletters and other promotional copy.

  3. Maintain a communications calendar, materials, and the databases of community, stakeholder and press contacts for distribution.

  4. Plan and organize editorial themes, leveraging the organization’s experts to generate and curate content.

  5. Maintain the COS website, distribute email promotions, and develop other web-based communications to disseminate digital materials to target audiences.

  6. Coordinate social media posting to reach target audiences, including management of the posting schedule, organization of content from a distributed team of experts, and managing relationships with current and future social media followers.

  7. Monthly reporting on marketing data to aid management in decision making; includes measuring success of activities, devising iterative plans for testing methods of reaching new and existing audiences.

  8. Respond to inbound queries directly or route to appropriate member of team, promote compliments and other valuable audience contributions, and mitigate negative commentary.

  9. Leverage existing channels of communication, determine best fit for strategy execution, and develop new channels to maximize reach and impact in support of the COS mission.

Qualifications
  • 1-3 years experience in marketing, journalism, or communications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Business, Marketing, Communications, or equivalent work experience

  • Experience in developing content that may use social media, multimedia, and web publishing tools

  • Experience in tracking consumption metrics with the ability to synthesize the output data and develop plans for optimizations or testing

  • Experience with SEO a plus

  • Experience with graphic design for development of logos, layouts, and posters is preferred

Skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

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

  • Resourcefulness, creativity, and strong problem-solving skills

  • 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

  • Proficiency in email marketing platforms, such as Mailchimp

  • Proficiency with HTML and content management systems, such as Wagtail

  • Working knowledge of databases and/or customer relation management software such as Salesforce is preferred

  • Proficiency in using Google Analytics and Adwords

  • Sound judgment, professionalism, and a positive attitude

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 upper 40s to lower 50s 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, a cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position, and a writing sample 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.

COS is seeking a Product Owner to join its Product team. Reporting to the Director of Product and Product Manager, 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.

Responsibilities
  1. Represents the product vision based on organizational goals, stakeholder needs and user feedback both internally with product development, policy and research teams and externally with funders, stakeholders, and community groups

  2. 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

  3. 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

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

  5. Supports the implementation of the product vision, priorities and deliverable timelines through participation in team scrums, ticket creation and management, grooming of tickets and stories, prioritizing and planning meetings, product demo and validation and launching of new features and enhancements.

  6. Creation of or updates to all user-facing product documentation for product area, ensuring cohesion with established style, tone and information architecture

  7. Manages user support inquiries for the relevant product area 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

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

  9. Collaborates with the Communication Coordinator on new features and improvements to user base

Qualifications
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience

  • 1-3 years experience in similar role

  • Experience with scrum agile development methodologies

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

  • Ability to react quickly to complex situations

  • Resourcefulness, creativity, and strong problem-solving 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

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

Salary is expected to be between upper 40s to mid 50s 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 seeking inquisitive testers to join our Quality Assurance squad as we expand our automated and manual software testing efforts. Our engineering team is mission-driven, committed to ensuring quality in the tools we provide, and understands that QA plays a critical role in the success of the organization. We are users of modern web and API practices and strong advocates for evolving QA methodologies and best practices.


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. 


Skills
  • Friendly, collaborative personality

  • Drive to dig deep and uncover answers

  • Effective delivery of feedback and project status

  • Thoughtful, strategic approach to balancing priorities

  • Investment in maintaining and improving processes

  • Commitment to quality

Notes

Extra Credit: 

  • Experience with automated testing tools/frameworks

  • Familiarity with agile development practices

  • Educational background in either computer science or other sciences

  • Knowledge of scientific research practices and workflows

Location

 Charlottesville, VA

Benefits
  • 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 6%)

  • 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.

The salary is expected to be in the high-40s.

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. 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.

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

  • Expert in software design principles

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Recognizes and avoids software anti-patterns

  • Experience mentoring other engineers

  • Experience with relational databases

  • 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

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 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.
Responsibilities

(COS) is looking for an experienced software engineer to advance our mission of increasing the openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. We are just as interested in your communication skills, passion, and ability as 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.


Skills
  • 2-3 years development experience in a business setting

  • Great communication, including thoughtful listening skills, the ability to express complex ideas clearly and succinctly, and the ability to communicate well in writing

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

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Experience with relational databases

  • 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

Location

Charlottesville, VA 

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
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. If you know someone who lives and breathes open source and is passionate about collaboration, sharing, science, and making a difference, then encourage them to apply.


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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