Open Positions

COS is looking for open science enthusiasts to join our team. Openness means inclusivity: the Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.

Background

Develop exclusively free, open source software in the name of open science.

The Center for Open Science is a funded non-profit startup looking for OSS developers who are passionate about modern web and API practices (and, ideally, science) with expertise across the web development stack. Open source has changed how software development works, and we want to apply the same principles to the sciences. Everything we develop is exclusively free and open source.

Location

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

Core Technologies
  • Python
  • Python web frameworks (e.g., Flask, Tornado, Django)
  • Git
  • Javascript
  • Javascript frameworks (Knockout, Ember, Angular)
  • NoSQL databases
  • REST API development
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. Discover more about our office perks.

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 detailing your experience through our application portal.

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.

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

Develop exclusively free, open source software in the name of open science.

The Center for Open Science is a funded non-profit startup looking for OSS developers who are passionate about modern web and API practices (and, ideally, science) with expertise across the web development stack. Open source has changed how software development works, and we want to apply the same principles to the sciences. Everything we develop is exclusively free and open source.

Location

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

Core Technologies
  • Javascript
  • Javascript Frameworks (e.g., Knockout, React, Ember, Angular)
  • Web technologies like REST, HTTP, JSON
  • HTML/CSS
Experience We Need
  • Architecting quick running and reusable front-ends that drive complex web applications
  • Understanding of browser compatibility issues and debugging browser problems
  • Engineering scalable web applications with a strong UI focus
  • An eye for design and usability
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. Discover more about our office perks.

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 detailing your experience through our application portal.

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.

Background

Join a non-profit technology company with a mission to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. COS will add a Marketing Programs Manager to increase the quality of communication about COS products, services, and mission. COS products and services are free and open-source to promote wide adoption and non-competition. Success in this role is defined by meeting the mission - improving research efficiency, transparency, and reproducibility - in service of the public good.

As a multi-product marketing manager, you will be a leader responsible for telling the world (and our organization) the story of our products, services, organization, and mission. You will be our chief advocate for the value and benefit of our offerings and maximize their impact with effective messaging. You will craft the communication and marketing strategy for existing services, new launches, and the organization.

Responsibilities

Primary areas of focus:

  • Develop and maintain mission-focused marketing strategy.
  • Develop and manage the COS brand identity.
  • Collaborate with the leadership team and project managers on managing existing products and developing new products to meet the mission.
  • Research potential collaborators and user communities across science and technology.
  • Maintain the COS website to convey the mission and identity of the organization with specific calls-to-action for a variety of stakeholders.
  • Create product content (e.g. sales enablement documentation, case studies, product videos, website copy, blog posts, email campaigns, press releases) to articulate the benefits of our products to the world.
  • Measure and optimize the user journey as it relates to product feature adoption and usage.
  • Establish and maintain scalable processes that ensure best practices in campaign and lead management.
  • Create and maintain metric reports on marketing activities, effectiveness, and business impact.
  • Analyze marketing and sales data to develop insights and make recommendations on areas for optimization.

Other areas of responsibility:

  • Manage communications across a variety of platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, COS website, and Reddit.
  • Lead SEO efforts in collaboration with the development team.
  • Evaluate barriers to meeting the COS mission in collaboration with other team members.

Skills

Strong sense of strategy, politics, impressions, brand, reputation; Extremely high social and communication skills; Self-starter and industrious; Team-oriented; Very strong work ethic; Adaptivity to rapidly changing demands in a high performance workplace; Fluent in social media; Market research skills; Presentation skills; Attention to detail and timing; Values transparency and collaboration; Experience with science and technology sectors; Flexibility and ability to manage multiple simultaneous priorities.

Notes

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 - example projects: badges to acknowledge open practices, and Registered Reports; and (3) metascience, research on scientific practices, example projects: Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology, Reproducibility Project: Psychology, and Many Labs. COS promotes inclusivity and serves a global audience of researchers across all domains. COS is 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. Get more information about COS at its website, and in its news section, and in papers articulating a vision for “Scientific Utopia” for scientific communication and scientific practices.

Location

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

Benefits

The Center for Open Science 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.

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, cover letter, and digital portfolio of work showcasing your background and interest in the position here.

Background

The ideal candidate can work seamlessly with developers, product managers, and external partners to design and implement intuitive, and workable designs. You should have experience with responsive web design. Experience or interest in big data and data visualization is a big plus!.

The Center for Open Science is a funded non-profit startup looking for OSS developers who are passionate about modern web and API practices (and, ideally, science) with expertise across the web development stack. Open source has changed how software development works, and we want to apply the same principles to the sciences. Everything we develop is exclusively free and open source.

Location

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

Responsibilities
  • Product design, code, and web pages
  • Work closely with product to understand goals and metrics to improve product quality
  • Iterate and refine UI and UX concepts for COS’s core products
  • Take designs from conception to implementation with fellow developers
  • Do rapid prototyping of new features
  • Build high quality interfaces quickly and flexibly
  • Write production ready CSS, HTML, and JavaScript
  • Coordinate with API team to provide features needed
  • Use APIs to connect to existing services and data
  • Help fix bugs and continually improve our software
Skills
  • Expertise in wireframing and prototyping techniques
  • Expertise in hand-coded HTML, CSS and JavaScript
  • Responsive design techniques
Preferred Skills
  • Working knowledge of a server-side language
  • Working with JavaScript SPA frameworks (e.g., Ember, React, Angular)
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Clear communication skills
  • Big data visualization
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.



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What we do



We work on the cutting edge of open source software. We are mission driven -- 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 skills and 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.

  • 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 the great biking and hiking access in the community.

  • Keep comfortable.

    We take our work seriously, and work best in a casual environment - casual dress, bean bag chairs, high-quality workspaces, and an open, non-hierarchical floor plan.

  • Get a Mac.

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

  • Plan for the future.

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

  • 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

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.