Currently Open Positions

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. Sound like you? Join us!

Background

The Center for Open Science (COS) develops tools to support the scientific workflow (i.e., Open Science Framework), fosters community standards and efforts for open practices, and conducts metascience research - science on scientific practices. We seek an intern with extremely strong social and organizational skills to contribute to community efforts, and to help facilitate open science practices more broadly within the scientific research community.

Responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the Community Intern will be to assist in a number of on-going projects and gain experience using key business support software platforms like Salesforce.com, Desk.com, and JIRA. Tasks may include monitoring and responding to user support requests via email and directing users to available resources, contributing to the knowledge base by creating and updating user documentation for product releases, maintaining a database of published research citing the OSF, and contributing qualified contacts and accounts to the Salesforce.com database for future engagement.

Skills

Extremely high social and communication skills; Exceptional organization and attention to detail; Experience with web communication and documentation software; Team-oriented; Very strong work ethic; Experienced multi-tasker; Self-starter and industrious; Adaptive to rapidly changing demands in a high performance workplace; Very strong writing skills. Skills in email marketing, customer service, and business development are a plus.

Core Technologies


Notes

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages plications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries. The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit science and technology 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, is highly collaborative, is high energy, and is dedicated to openness. COS has three primary activities: (1) infrastructure development to support the scientific workflow- documentation, archiving, sharing, and registration - and connect with other open technologies, (2) community building among open-source developers, open science researchers, and the broader scientific community, and (3) metascience, research on scientific practices. Get more information about COS at its Website.

Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Applying

COS is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusiveness, and encourages applications from women and minorities. Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here.

Background

Same as above but in summer or part-time internship form; students will work with our developers and carve out their own open science project.

Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Benefits

You’ll be able to quickly try a lot of what Charlottesville has to offer as the Center has prime office space downtown and caters two staff lunches per week. We have 27'' monitors in an open workspace with floor-to-ceiling windows (private offices are not assigned, but used as-needed), a stocked kitchen, and white-board walls. See more about amenities.

COS interns who have to relocate to Charlottesville will be eligible for reimbursement up to $250 for pre-approved travel costs (including rental car, taxi, plane, train, hotel, or mileage if using a personal vehicle). COS will assist interns with locating temporary housing in the area as well. Please refer to this relocation document for helpful tips on moving to Charlottesville for the summer.

Applying

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Please send a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. You can also see more on GitHub.

Background

Contribute to quality control, assurance and testing in support of exclusively free, open source software for open science. The Center for Open Science (COS) is a funded non-profit startup seeking highly-motivated individuals to join the team to expand our current product QA and testing efforts. The team is mission-driven, passionate about science, users of modern web and API practices, and has expertise across the web development stack. The focal point for this position is the flagship platform, Open Science Framework.



The COS team is growing rapidly and pursues highly coordinated projects while encouraging project “ownership” and a distributed decision-making process. Success with this model requires team alignment on goals, clear milestones, highly effective communication, and rapid feedback. The ideal candidate will have experience developing acceptance criteria culminating in rigorous product QC, QA, and testing.



These goals will be accomplished by working closely with developers, technical architects, technical managers, and the product team. The selected candidate will work in conjunction with the programmatic testing done by the development team and ensures that only high-quality software is released. This will require exceptional attention to detail and alignment of product features, requirements, user stories, development practices, and overall business strategies.


Responsibilities

  • Communicate: the candidate will be responsible for maintaining solid communication within the QA team to facilitate continual feedback and insight around prioritization and progress of team tasks.
  • Feedback: the candidate will be responsible for delivering effective and timely test outcome knowledge with developers, managers and team leads about the testing to determine obstacles, blockers and forecasting.
  • Engineer: the candidate will be responsible for working with the management team, developers and the product team to gather requirements for establishing comprehensive testing plans.
  • Test: the candidate will be responsible for assisting the QA team in developing acceptance criteria for testing new features and fixes.

Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Benefits

COS has prime office space downtown and caters two staff lunches per week. We have dedicated parking, 27" monitors, an open workspace with floor-to-ceiling windows (private offices are not assigned, but used as-needed), a stocked kitchen, and white-board walls.

Applying


The Center for Open Science 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.

Background

Develop exclusively free, open source software to support open science. The Center for Open Science is a funded non-profit startup looking for OSS senior developers, with 10+ years of professional software development experience, experience leading teams, and who are passionate about modern web and API practices, love science, and possess expertise across the web development stack. Open source has changed how software development works, and we want to apply the same principles to science. Everything we develop is exclusively free and open source. Everything we develop is exclusively free and open source.

Responsibilities

We are much more concerned about collaboration, passion, and ability than the actual technologies you use. A great developer will be a great developer in any language. We focus on Python in that Python development values readability and community. A great team lead will be organized, have strong planning, estimation, and communication skills, and be driven by helping their team be successful. We are missioned with connecting and educating the open science and open source communities. The Python community represents what an effective community should look like and has strong ties to the sciences. As long as your values are aligned with those, we want to hear from you.

Core Technologies
  • Python
  • Micro-frameworks (e.g., Django Flask, Tornado)
  • Git
  • Javascript
  • Javascript frameworks (e.g. Knockout, Ember, React, Angular)
  • No-SQL databases (e.g. MongoDB)
  • Web technologies like REST, HTTP, JSON
  • API development
Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Referrals

COS offers $1,000 hiring bounty for full-time Developer positions. The Center for Open Science has a unique work environment for extremely talented developers: [1] we develop exclusively free, open source software; [2] we are a well-resourced, mission-driven, non-profit tech start-up; and, [3] we serve and support the open source and open science communities.

This is a great job for many and a perfect job for a few. The perfect candidate is the person already doing open source in their free time while wishing that they could make a living doing it all the time. We need to find these people; you can help. COS encourages women and members of underrepresented groups in technology and science to apply.

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. If we hire that person as a full-time developer, we will send you a check for $1,000.

This is not an invitation to spam others on our behalf. Reach out to developers you know personally, or tweet and post our link to your social communities. We will ask applicants how they found about the position when they apply.

Benefits

COS offers full time employees 401(k), health/dental/vision insurance, and 15 days of paid time off, in addition to a modern office space and other amenities. Discover more about our office perks.

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

Support exclusively free, open source software to support open science. The Center for Open Science is a funded non-profit startup looking for experienced engineers interested in supporting OSS. Ideal candidates will bring 6+ years of professional experience leading teams to help us operate, troubleshoot, and improve our cloud-based systems. COS infrastructure is software developed in Python and Javascript, using modern web tools like Django and Ember.js. Open source and cloud systems have changed how software development works, and we want to apply the same principles to science. Everything we develop is exclusively free and open source. Everything we develop is exclusively free and open source. See more on GitHub.

Responsibilities
  • Troubleshoot application deployments, recreate customer issues
  • Analyze and eliminate actual and potential threats to security, availability, and performance
  • Anticipate security risks and work to continually improve mitigation practices
  • Apply advanced troubleshooting techniques to provide unique solutions to our customers' individual needs
  • Management of "infrastructure as code" – design, deploy, and test platform operations
  • Ability to implement production ready highly available systems using the latest technologies: Kubernetes, Docker, Service Discovery, Autoscaling
  • Solve difficult infrastructure problems directly and by mentoring others
  • Receive and respond to system issues that come in via the helpdesk
  • Document technical environment layout and practices
  • Embrace and promote an open and transparent team culture
  • Manage the DevOps team
Skills
  • Excellent systems administration skills (Linux)
  • Efficient technical troubleshooting
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Understand the complete deployment lifecycle from design, build, test, deploy
  • Experience using continuous integration platforms such as Jenkins
  • Experience with a configuration management system such as Chef, Puppet, Ansible, Salt or CloudFormation
  • Experience with relational and nonrelational database technologies such as PostgreSQL, MySQL and Mongo
  • Experience with caching technologies such as Redis or Varnish
  • Experience with immutable infrastructure and 12-factor architecture is preferred
  • Experience with enterprise security is a plus
  • Networking (DNS, TCP/IP, HTTP, SSL, Load Balancing)
  • Coding ability (Java/Tomcat, .NET, Ruby, Python, Node.js, PHP)
  • Familiarity with one or more version control systems (SVN, Perforce, TFVC, Git, MS Team Foundation)
  • Successful candidates are collaborative, self-managing, and experienced in general development, deployment, and operation of modern API-powered web applications using continuous delivery and Git in a Unix/Linux environment
  • Experience leading, mentoring, and managing teams (hiring, managing, performance reviews)
  • Experience with project management
  • Organization skills and ability to work on multiple projects and/or assignments simultaneously

We value collaboration, passion, and ability more than the actual technologies you use. A great developer will be a great developer in any language. We focus on Python in that Python development values readability and community. A great team lead will be organized, have strong planning, estimation, and communication skills, and be driven by helping their team be successful. We are missioned with connecting and educating the open science and open source communities. The Python community represents what an effective community should look like and has strong ties to the sciences. As long as your values are aligned with those, we want to hear from you.

Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Referrals

COS offers $1,000 hiring bounty for full-time Developer positions. The Center for Open Science has a unique work environment for extremely talented developers: [1] we develop exclusively free, open source software; [2] we are a well-resourced, mission-driven, non-profit tech start-up; and, [3] we serve and support the open source and open science communities.

This is a great job for many and a perfect job for a few. The perfect candidate is the person already doing open source in their free time while wishing that they could make a living doing it all the time. We need to find these people; you can help. COS encourages women and members of underrepresented groups in technology and science to apply.

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. If we hire that person as a full-time developer, we will send you a check for $1,000.

This is not an invitation to spam others on our behalf. Reach out to developers you know personally, or tweet and post our link to your social communities. We will ask applicants how they found about the position when they apply.

Benefits

COS offers full time employees 401(k), health/dental/vision insurance, and 15 days of paid time off, in addition to a modern office space and other amenities. Discover more about our office perks.

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 free, open source tools to support the scientific workflow (i.e., Open Science Framework), fosters community standards and efforts for open practices, and conducts metascience research - science on scientific practices. We will hire a passionate trainer with experience in open and transparent research practices to train, support, and foster open, reproducible research practices across the sciences. The coordinator will help support the Center’s efforts towards increasing OSF adoption by individual researchers and universities, as well as help current users take advantage of the full suite of OSF features for openness and reproducibility. All training and created materials are free and openly licensed.The training coordinator must have strong social and organizational skills, as well as the ability to communicate with researchers from a broad range of scientific domains. This position is appropriate for recent or past Master’s students with past experience in curriculum development and training.

Responsibilities

The training coordinator will provide active, hands-on consultation for open, transparent, and reproducible best practices in tools and research workflows. This includes short-term visits to universities, departments, and laboratories; lectures and training at conferences; virtual consulting and webinars; and development and maintenance of education materials and practical guides for distribution. Trainings will include open science, reproducibility practices, and open source research tools. The training coordinator will assist in forming and maintaining COS’s best practices for reproducible research, coordinate and grow our onsite and virtual training offerings, and collaborate with the whole COS team in making its infrastructure and products accessible, useful, and applicable to scientists across research disciplines.

This position will involve approximately 25-50% travel time, or an average of two trips per month.

Skills

Passion for reproducible research and open tools; Experience in scientific research practices; Experience training on software tool and/or workflow methodologies; Extremely high social and communication skills; Exceptional organization and attention to detail; Service-oriented mindset; Diverse experience with technologies for data collection and analysis; Ability to use web communication and documentation software effectively; Team-oriented; Very strong work ethic; Self-starter and industrious; Adaptivity to rapidly changing demands in a high performance workplace; Very strong writing skills.

Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Benefits

COS offers full time employees 401(k), health/dental/vision insurance, and 15 days of paid time off, in addition to a modern office space and other amenities. Discover more about our office perks.

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

Focus on the visual design, identity, and user experience of the Center for Open Science’s (COS) free and open source products and services. Be part of an enthusiastic and motivated team that is helping science become more open and reproducible. The Web Designer Intern will employ leading edge design and user experience methods to create a professional, accessible, polished style for COS products, services, and web presence. This role requires expert understanding of UI/UX fundamentals and design trends, an uncanny sense of style, color, layout, and typography; and someone who wants to contribute to a mission-driven, non-profit startup. See more on Github.

Responsibilities

Design and maintain the visual brand for COS products, foremost the Open Science Framework and its associated services; collaborate with community and infrastructure teams to match visual and interactive styles with COS products, services, and web presence; Align design and creative strategies with COS mission; Produce web and print photos, websites, banners, ads, videos, and more.

Skills

Seeks and employs cutting edge and modern web design techniques and tools; Outstanding information design abilities; Graphical expertise in Adobe products; Great communicator; Desire and passion in collaborating across many functional areas of the team; Strong abilities in presenting rationale behind strategic, architectural, and design decisions; Advocate for user experience; Team player; High energy, results-oriented, productive and dedicated to high quality.

Highly desired: Technical expertise in HTML, CSS, and Javascript; Understanding of modern techniques/frameworks and single-page/API-driven front-ends.

Location

The Center for Open Science is located in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Applying

The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Please send a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here.


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


What We Do


We believe that tranparent and reproducible research is better research. We work on the cutting edge of open source software--increasing openness and reproducibility in scientific research by building tools, forming community projects, and conducting open, crowdsourced research. We are facilitating positive changes to the scientific culture and reward structure. Read an article in the Washington Post about us!

  • Collaborate.

    The Center places a high value on developing communication skills and forming partnerships. Teamwork, pair programming, collaboration internally and externally are daily practice.

  • Eat Well.

    Keep your energy up with your favorite drinks and snacks from the fully stocked kitchen. Enjoy catered lunches from local restaurants twice a week. It's fantastic.

  • Get Fit.

    All full-time employees receive health, dental, and vision insurance. We promote our own health and well-being with stand-up and exercise desks, access to an on-site gym, and great biking and hiking access throughout the community.

  • Keep Comfortable.

    We take our work seriously, and work best in a casual environment--casual dress, spaces that encourage creativity, high-quality workspaces, and an open, accessible floor plan.

  • Get a Mac.

    All full-time employees receive an Apple laptop of their choice and a workstation with 27" screen. It's awesome.

  • Plan for the Future.

    We’ll help you set up your 401k, and COS matches contributions up to 4%.

  • Enjoy the View.

    The modern and stylish COS offices are located in the heart of Charlottesville on the downtown pedestrian mall. Central Virginia and the Shenandoah mountains are right outside!

Where we live

We’re located in beautiful Charlottesville, VA, home to the University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson, and a lot of really great after-work activities. Epic wineries, breweries and farm-to-table restaurants sit side by side with a fantastic music scene and unlimited camping, hiking, biking and college sports.

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.