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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) has a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of research.  In service of that mission, a plethora of content has been generated by COS and many others in the open science community.  The impact of this content would be much greater if it can be captured and curated at a central hub.  


Instructional Designer Position

The primary purpose of this short term (6-12 months) contract position is to review, consolidate, and organize this educational content (text, slides, videos, papers) into an open knowledge base to support education and application of open scholarship. This position will also assist the formation of community leadership, editorial, and contribution process for the knowledge base to advance its sustainability as a community resource of knowledge and materials. 


What is a Knowledge Base?

The Knowledge Base will be a hub for gathering all of the education materials and resources for incorporating the what, why, and how of open scholarship behaviors into course, trainings, and self-guided learning. For example, the Knowledge Base will include guidance for preregistration including an introduction to the topic, depth content for specific issues, and implementation guidance for using different platforms.  Moreover, components will be modular to facilitate service distinct research communities such as applying preregistration to model-based design research.   


Instructional Designer 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, and a community orientation of inclusion and collaboration with experts across disciplines for content generation and integration.


Responsibilities
  • Consolidating knowledge and existing material for seeding the Knowledge Base

  • Designing and constructing Knowledge Base in coordination with internal and external collaborators to meet multiple use cases and be applicable to several audiences: e.g., individual researchers seeking specific answers to methodological questions, instructors seeking materials to incorporate into lesson plans, program officers at funders seeking introductions to rigorous methodological practices

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

  • Ability to coordinate and collaborate with subject matter experts to provide resources for producing and procuring materials and content to provide a robust Knowledge Base to the community

  • Establish processes for engaging audiences to review and validate materials to ensure the Knowledge Base supports community education and collaboration.  Incorporating examples when possible to support a personal connection with the content in practice in similar scenarios.

  • Implement 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

  • 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.

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

  • Participate in the planning of a meeting focused on model-based design research and related open practices. Attend meeting if available (early-February 2020 in Charlottesville, VA).

Skills
  • Proficiency with collaboration tools

  • Experience with highly collaborative projects 

  • Strong background in scientific research required. Experience in social-behavioral science and/or artificial intelligence, computational, model-based research a plus

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

  • 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 

  • Expertise with agile practices a plus

  • Comfort and experience with technology-intensive organizations a plus

Notes

Contract Deliverables: Robust, comprehensive, and functional Knowledge Base providing an online platform for learning materials related to open and reproducible research practices

Applying

Position Detail

This position is a contract position for six to 12 months, with the possibility of extension. Preferred start date in October 2019.  The position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA. On-site and remote working circumstances will be considered. As a contract role, this position is ineligible for employee benefits. 


Applying:

Please submit to betsy@cos.io:

  • a resume/CV and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position

  • two or more letters of recommendation or examples of similar work. 

  • a project budget. Estimated scope for this project is ~$45,000-$55,000.


Questions about the project 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) is a performer for the DARPA SCORE program (link) 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 the other performers. The project will provide substantial insight into reproducibility and credibility of social-behavioral research and has the potential to produce innovative solutions to improve research credibility.

 The part-time Research Scientist will be responsible, along with the other Research Scientists at COS, for selecting and vetting eligible social-behavioral science study claims from the sampling frame for inclusion in the SCORE program. Collectively the Research Scientists will manage the process and deliver ~1800 claims over the next 6 months.  This work requires continuous communication among team members, substantial expertise in research methodology and reproducible practices, and comfort with rapidly evaluating research on a variety of topics across social-behavioral sciences. 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.

This position will report to the SCORE Program Manager. This is a short term position (up to 6 months) for up to 20 hours per week. The schedule is flexible but attendance at some virtual meetings will be required.

Responsibilities

-- Evaluate a diverse body of claims in social-behavioral sciences on methodology and findings

-- 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

-- 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. The role will work up to 20 hours per week. The schedule can be flexible, but attendance at some virtual meetings will be required. This position will last for up to 6 months. As a part time role, this position is not eligible for health benefits. 

On-site and remote working circumstances will be considered. For remote positions, COS does not reimburse for office or technology costs, but will provide a computer for work purposes.  

Preferred start date in September 2019 through the end of February 2020. 

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 and your interests in reproducibility and open science. 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. 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 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.


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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