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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 organizations 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 Development Manager to join its fundraising team. Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Manager plays an essential role in COS’s fundraising efforts and its ability to meet its mission. The Development Manager is responsible for grant research and proposal development, grant administration, annual giving activities, and prospect management.

Responsibilities

Grants research and solicitations

  • Manages and maintains grant proposal calendar and works with the Director of Development to engage appropriate team members to meet deadlines (both external and internal) associated with proposal submission

  • Researches and vets foundation guidelines monitors announcements and calls for proposals

  • Coordinates Request for Information (RFI) from government agencies

  • Helps draft grant proposals to foundations and public funding agencies


Grants administration

  • Manages and maintains the calendar for grant reports

  • Works with appropriate team members to ensure COS meets established grants milestones in keeping with grant gift agreements

  • Coordinates timely engagement of COS staff to assist in grant report draft


Annual giving activities (all gifts under Leadership giving level of $10,000)

  • Manage and execute annual giving solicitations and outreach

  • Draft annual giving campaigns, primarily executed via email

  • Effectively incorporate and use social media platforms, COS newsletters, etc to drive giving behavior as well as cultivate and steward donors

  • Manage stewardship and acknowledgement process


Donor and prospect management system administration - Salesforce (SF)

  • Serves as a technical expert for Salesforce and how it interelates to other aligned services

  • Works with appropriate team members to develop/review/ maintain policies and procedures related to database usage and ensures COS staff are aware of the requirements for the effective use of SF

  • Manages solicitation and gift entry and ensures the integrity of the financial data

  • Develops regular reports on fundraising activity including:  fundraising statistics, financial data; progress to date and goals; and ad hoc reports as required

Skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and writing skills (Past grant writing or aligned experience preferred)

  • Ability to set targets for fundraising activities, and create strategies for reaching them

  • Ability to effectively represent COS, its mission and purpose in grant proposals, email solicitations, stewardship activities and on social media

  • Excellent organizational abilities, strong time management skills, and the ability to adapt work priorities to meet deadlines

  • Ability and desire to work in a dynamic team environment

  • Excellent computer software skills (experience with Salesforce and Google office products a plus)

Preferred

Preference will be given to candidates with 2 or more years of aligned fundraising experience or applicable 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 in the lower-50s.

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 fundraising aligned 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 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 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

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.


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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