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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. 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

The Center for Open Science (COS) is seeking a motivated, outgoing, and self-starting individual to serve as the Grants and Development Specialist for an energetic, nonprofit, technology company. Founded in March of 2013, COS is a team of 70, with more than $26M raised since inception from more than 25 different major sources.

Responsibilities

The Grants and Development Specialist is a vital connector for the finance, development, and program staff at COS; therefore, s/he must possess the ability to gather information often from several different teams or individuals while meeting deadlines and managing multiple priorities to completion. The Grants and Development Specialist is a member of COS’s fundraising team and will focus his/her work in three principal areas:

  • Identifying and researching prospective donors

  • Coordinating grant proposal and contract activities

  • Managing regular stewardship and reporting activities to donors, public and private funders


Identifying and researching prospective donors

  • Perform prospect research on foundations (both public and private) and individuals to evaluate prospects for potential funding

  • Assist in creating and monitoring and reporting on opportunities to engage identified prospects, adding these activities to the COS fundraising plan and tasks

  • Maintain timely and accurate records on identified prospects and related activities using the Salesforce database


Coordinate grant proposal and contract activities

  • Assist in coordination and management of grant fundraising activities both public (federal) and private (foundations) as well as activities related to partnering contracts

  • Process proposal or award amendments, communicating with sponsors as needed on terms

  • Serve as the primary contact for internal and external subcontracts and sponsors as needed

  • Draft, analyze, and evaluate contract and grant budgets for correct calculation of expenditure categories such as salaries, percent of effort, salary adjustment increases, fringe benefits, indirect rates, materials, and equipment in collaboration with appropriate team members

  • Create and maintain a set of documents that are frequently used in proposals

  • Ensure organizational effectiveness and compliance as well as help set relevant policies and provide technical assistance as required


Managing ongoing administration, stewardship, and reporting activities to donors, public and private funders

  • Manage the timely drafting, and execution of all required report evaluations on existing grants

  • Work closely with COS employees and senior leadership to ensure accurate financial reporting and procedural compliance on grants reports, including those made by the government

  • Maintain current records including grant tracking and reporting, including time and effort reporting

  • Work with COS team members to provide ongoing,  general updates to donors

  • Ensure organizational effectiveness and compliance with funding policies, signed contracts, and grant agreements, and help develop relevant policies and provide technical assistance as required


They may perform a range of other duties within COS, as needed, but are distinguished by their expertise in grants and development

Skills
  • Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) and at least 2 years of grants administration

  • Previous experience with nonprofit fundraising

  • Knowledge and familiarity with research techniques for fundraising prospect research

  • Demonstrated knowledge of grants and contracts, compliance and policy, including experience in managing grants via federal funding sources

  • Demonstrated understanding of sponsor requirements and can interpret guidelines for a Principal Investigator

  • Advanced experience  with granting systems (particularly NSF FastLane and NIH eRA Commons)

  • Demonstrated writing, editing, and budgeting skills

Notes

Successful candidates will:

  • Be able to work well in a team environment, handle multiple assignments and meet deadlines

  • Have the ability to synthesize information and effectively communicate and interact with researchers, administrators, faculty, and business managers and COS Staff

  • Have the ability to access and present information to COS employees, sponsors and senior leaders

  • Support and be able to articulate the COS mission and its broad strategic aims

  • Benefit by having a deep interest in supporting research activities and the efforts of the many communities engaged in research

  • Embrace COS’s technology-centered office environment

  • Thrive in a high-paced, nimble environment
Applying

Applying:  Please submit a resume a writing sample and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome.

Background

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.  COS is now hiring a Reproducible and Open Practices Trainer to support an upcoming, major project under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) program. We are seeking a quantitatively-oriented, passionate trainer with experience in open and transparent research practices to train, support, and foster open, reproducible research practices across the sciences. The trainer will work with project teams on use of the OSF in support of the NGS2 program objectives, and when time allows, will work with other COS training staff to 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 trainer 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

Responsibilities: The Reproducible and Open Practices Trainer will support COS’ training efforts for the DARPA NGS2 project over the next 3.5 years. This project will entail working with many internal and external stakeholders to test and evaluate strategies for greater reproducibility. The trainer will work closely with many members of the COS team and be the primary trainer for this project, working frequently with DARPA program officers and other project teams.  The trainer will provide active, hands-on consultation for open, transparent, and reproducible best practices in tools and research workflows. Training strategies might include short-term visits to project sites; 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 trainer 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.  

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.  
Notes

Notes: 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) community building among open-source developers, open science researchers, and the broader scientific community, and (3) metascience, research on scientific practices.  COS is supported by a mix of funders, including the NIH, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.  Get more information about COS at its website, and in papers articulating a vision for “Scientific Utopia” for scientific communication and scientific practices.   

Applying

Applying: Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome.

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

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.

Today thinks Charlottesville rocks. Two years in a row!

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.