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

Join a mission-driven, non-profit tech company that is promoting openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. The Center for Open Science (COS) will add an operations-focused Executive Assistant. The Executive Assistant will provide comprehensive organization, coordination, and communication support for the Executive Director and the Chief Technology Officer. The Assistant’s flexibility, outstanding organizational skills and thoughtfulness will enhance the executive's effectiveness by providing information management support and representing the executive to others as well as anticipating issues before they become problems. COS is a fast-paced, rapidly growing company that is providing mission-driven services to the scientific community. You will have a deep interest in technology and will thrive in a high-velocity, unstructured start-up environment.

Location

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

Responsibilities

Maintains executives’ appointment schedule by planning and scheduling meetings, conferences, teleconferences, and travel.

Managing e-mail and other correspondence for executives.

Point-of-contact for coordination with other organizations for executive-level meetings and negotiations.

Identifying and anticipating organization and executives’ priorities to support prioritization of tasks and events, and identification of alternative courses of action with risks and opportunities of each.

Creatively assessing tasks and identifying mechanisms to free up time on executives’ schedule to maintain focus on top priorities and efficient decision-making.

Providing critical feedback to executives for when NOT to spend time on activities that can be completed by others.

Comprehensive understanding of the organization and team members, and development of their trust to be an extension of the executive team.

Provide effective, respected conduit of information between executives and entire staff.

Conserves executives’ time by reading, researching, and routing correspondence; drafting letters, documents, and presentations; collecting and analyzing information; initiating communications; managing technology.

Other Activities
  • Supporting Operations Team.
  • Manage special projects and assignments.
  • Represents the executive by attending meetings in the executive's absence.
  • Provides historical reference by recording meeting discussions and results.
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 and stakeholder organizations in science across all domains.

COS is dedicated to improving the alignment between scientific values and scientific practices. Operating with an technology start-up atmosphere and mindset, 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.

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. See more about 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

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 and reusable front-ends that drive complex web applications
  • Understanding of browswer compatibility issues and debugging browswer 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

The Center for Open Science (COS) seeks a highly-motivated and entrepreneurially-minded individual who wants to build experience in human resources and team development. COS operates as an energetic and fast-paced technology start-up, already employing 37 full-time team members and many software development interns after just under 3 years of operation. The team continues to grow quickly, and is presently working to add another 10 software developers, 20+ software development interns, 3+ quality assurance team members, and various other roles. Building a productive and fast-paced team, with specialized skills in a number of areas, is a significant challenge, and something that requires great attention to a broad assortment of details. We are pleased to invite applicants for the role of Human Resources Intern.

Responsibilities

Promotion of job and internship opportunities, initial organization and screening of candidates, coordination of interview and on-site visit activities, use of the Lever system, and integration of new team members into the COS culture. This individual will work very closely with senior COS team members to accomplish the critical mission of building and growing the team. As a non-profit organization with deep roots in the academic environment, we can promise a positive mentoring environment and great foundation for future opportunities with technology companies, start-ups, or academic administration.

Skills

Extremely high social and communication skills; exceptional organization and attention to detail; ability to use web communication and documentation software effectively; team-oriented; very strong work ethic; multi-tasking; self-starter and industrious; adaptivity to rapidly changing demands in a high performance workplace; demonstrated interest in science, technology, non-profits, or entrepreneurship; effective writing skills; evident interest in building teams and helping others succeed.

We are flexible on the exact work schedule, but expect between 10-20 hours per week on-site.

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 dedicated parking, 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.

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. Questions about the position and COS are welcome and can be directed to jobs@cos.io.

Background

Contribute to the growth needs of a rapidly growing, non-profit, tech startup with over $14M in initial funding. The Center for Open Science (COS) is a mission-driven organization seeking a highly-motivated individual to join the team as a full-time recruiter. The team is passionate about improving science, uses modern web and API practices, and has expertise across the web development stack. The recruiting effort will focus on tech talent, and there will be frequent needs in other specialized science and general operation roles. The team continues to grow quickly, and is presently working to add another 10 software developers, 20+ software development interns, 3+ quality assurance team members, and various other roles. Successful candidates will bring some experience in recruiting, enthusiasm for science and technology, and, particularly, motivation to take on responsibility for COS’s recruiting efforts.

Responsibilities

Perform recruiting activities throughout the hiring process including (but not limited to): sourcing, screening, coordination of interviews, communication with candidates, preparation of offer letters, and initial onboarding activities. Conduct sourcing of candidates using many strategies, including: posting to university career sites and social media, recruiting at career fairs and hackathons, and identifying opportunities in the community. Track and monitor ROI for recruiting efforts. Embrace the organizational values of openness, inclusivity, and transparency. Travel is estimated to average about one week per month.

Skills

Bachelor’s degree. Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, strong problem solving abilities, strong sense of ownership, self-starter, initiative, at least 2 years of experience with recruiting in some form, demonstrated success in prior recruiting efforts, some prior experience with Applicant Tracking Systems.

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 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

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. The focal point for this position is the flagship platform, Open Science Framework.

Responsibilities

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. See our other open positions to learn more about the desired qualities of COS developers and the product team. Also, see more on GitHub. Educational background in either computer science, engineering, or the sciences.

Skills

Ideally, the selected candidate will possess the following: knowledge of scientific research practices and workflows, a strong collaborative personality, an ability to work across diverse teams, a commitment to delivering quality products, involvement with developing and maintaining processes with the team, experience establishing and meeting timelines and milestones.

We are flexible on the work schedule, but expect 40 hours per week on-site.

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 dedicated parking, 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.

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

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. Discover more about our office perks amenities.

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

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.