Open Positions

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.

Core Technologies
  • Python
  • Micro-frameworks (e.g., Flask)
  • Git
  • Javascript
  • Javascript Frameworks (e.g., Knockout)
  • No-SQL Databases (e.g., MongoDB)
  • API development

We are much more concerned about collaboration, passion, and ability than the actual technologies you use. We believe that a great developer should be a great developer in any language. We focus on Python in that Python developers typically value readability and community, and 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.

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

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. You can also see more on GitHub.

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.

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. Questions about the position and COS are welcome and can be directed to jobs@cos.io. You can also see more on GitHub.

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 17 full-time team members and over a dozen software development interns in only the first year of operation. The team continues to grow quickly, and is presently working to add another 3-6 software developers, 1 statistical consultant, a technical project manager, a web designer, and additional software development interns. 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 JobScore 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 operational efficiency of a growing small business. The Center for Open Science (COS) is a funded non-profit startup seeking highly-motivated individuals to help support day-to-day technical IT operations. With a growing team and office environment, COS has a growing amount of hardware and software to manage and maintain.

Responsibilities

COS is a mostly Apple shop, offering all employees and interns access to Mac laptops, large screen displays and workstations. Beyond end user workstations, this internship would involve training for support in routers, access points, projectors, displays, Apple TVs, portable storage devices, security systems, configuration of online services including Google Apps for Non-Profits, and more. There will be opportunities to learn techniques for automation of processes.

Skills

Educational background in computer engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, IT, or other related areas; Strong collaborative personality and ability to work across diverse teams; Strong sense of customer support and interaction; Commitment to delivering quality service; Action-orientation; Developing and maintaining processes with the team; Establishing and meeting timelines and milestones; Organization.

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

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

Join a mission-driven, non-profit tech startup that is promoting openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research. With rapid growth over the past year, and over $12M in startup funding, COS will add a strategically-oriented Product Marketing Lead to focus attention on marketing of COS products and services. COS products and services are entirely free and open-source. The manager will be responsible for leading efforts to identify and target key audiences, position products, and grow adoption. The role is entirely mission-driven: How can COS products and services best be used to promote and support the adoption of scientific values in daily scientific practices?

Responsibilities
  • Develop, manage, and coordinate execution of strategic marketing plans for COS products
  • Create short-term marketing campaigns in support of high-level goals
  • Conduct market research and concept/market testing to identify optimal positioning and audience for each product
  • Work with designers and developers to refine products to meet user needs while carefully managing cost and scope
  • Maintain comprehensive roadmap for marketing of products, including intersection with future target audiences
  • Work closely with COS leadership team, project managers, and project coordinators to align efforts and communicate potential new product opportunities
Skills

Deep knowledge of marketing strategy and sales tactics; Ability to relate for-profit marketing/sales strategies to non-profit mission-driven efforts; 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; 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. 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 on this 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

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, cover letter, and digital portfolio of work showcasing 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 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.

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. Interns will develop rigorous product QC, QA, and testing skills by working closely with developers, technical architects, technical managers, and the product team. Interns will work in conjunction with the programmatic testing done by the development team and helps a ensure 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.

Skills

Educational background in either computer science, engineering, or the sciences, ideally also with knowledge of scientific research practices and workflows; Strong collaborative personality and ability to work across diverse teams; Commitment to delivering quality products; Action-orientation; Developing and maintaining processes with the team; Establishing and meeting timelines and milestones; Organization; Attention to detail.

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

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, who are passionate about modern web and API practices, love science, and posses 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.

See more on Github.

Core Technologies
  • Python
  • Micro-frameworks (e.g., Flask)
  • Git
  • Javascript
  • Javascript Frameworks (e.g., Knockout)
  • No-SQL Databases (e.g., MongoDB)
  • API development

We are much more concerned about collaboration, passion, and ability than the actual technologies you use. We believe that a great developer should be a great developer in any language. We focus on Python in that Python developers typically value readability and community, and 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.

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

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. You can also see more on GitHub.

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 an enthusiastic intern who is looking to build experience with social media and content management in a fun, energetic, non-profit, tech start-up. Opened in March of 2013, COS is growing and is highly active in science and tech communities. COS is bustling. The Social Media and Content Management Intern will support growing engagement with the COS community.

Responsibilities

The candidate will be responsible for social media and content management tasks including, but not limited to: editing and producing video and photograph content; videotaping and photographing events; working with other team members to maintain the COS presence on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, COS website, and other channels.

Skills

Works fast, efficiently, and accurately; highly organized; attentive to detail; high level of professionalism; expert with social media; has some experience with or willingness to learn videography and photography; effective at multi-tasking; self-starter and industrious; able to adapt to rapidly changing demands in a high performance workplace; interest in science, technology, non-profits, or entrepreneurship; effective writing skills.

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

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 will hire two individuals with substantial training in quantitative methods, research methodology, and reproducible research practices to be a consulting team to train, support, and foster open, reproducible research practices across the sciences.

Statistical and Methodological Consultants will contribute to the COS mission, particularly the community and metascience efforts, and help facilitate open, reproducible practices across the scientific community. Statistical and Methodological Consultants must have extremely strong quantitative, methodological, social, and organizational skills. Depending on training and expertise, part of one or both of these positions will be devoted to support activities in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy related to reproducible research practices. This position is appropriate for recent or past PhD’s with particularly strong quantitative training in their substantive discipline.

Responsibilities

The Statistical and Methodological Consultants will provide active, hands-on consultation for reproducible best practices in data analysis and research design. This includes short-term visits to universities, departments, and laboratories; lectures and training at conferences; virtual consulting and training; and development and maintenance of education materials and practical guides for distribution. Consulting services will include open science, reproducibility practices, data analysis, and research methodology.

The Statistical and Methodological Consultants will assist in forming and maintaining COS’s best practices for reproducible research, and collaborate with the whole COS team in making its infrastructure and products accessible, useful, and applicable to scientists across research disciplines.

Skills

Substantial training and experience in scientific research, quantitative methods, and reproducible research practices; Extremely high social and communication skills; Exceptional organization and attention to detail; Service-oriented mindset; Diverse experience with technologies for data collection, analysis, and visualization; 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. Skills in programming (at least R, ideally Python or Julia), web development, and data analysis are essential.

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

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

Background

Help lead development of exclusively free, open source software to support open science. The Center for Open Science (COS) is a funded non-profit startup seeking a highly-motivated and experienced development manager to support small teams of OSS developers. The team is mission-driven, passionate about science, users of modern web and API practices, and has expertise across the web development stack.

Responsibilities

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 Technical Project Manager will be responsible for leading small teams of full-time and intern developers to maximize work quality, efficiency, team well-being, and growth of team members’ skills and responsibilities. Also, the Technical Project Manager will collaborate with the leadership team for coordination of overall priorities and architectural choices and direction.

See our Developer position to learn more about the desired qualities of COS developers. See more on GitHub.

Skills

Strong technical decision-making and solid development ability; Action-orientation; Managing and planning projects; Developing and maintaining processes with the team; Practicality and strategic foresight; Follow-through on the entire lifecycle (including testing, QA, release management, and deployment); Establishing and meeting timelines and milestones; Organization; Effective fostering of a positive work environment; Empowering team members to develop skills and acquire new responsibilities; Capitalizing on the available motivation and talent of team members.

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

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

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

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. You can also see more on GitHub.

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.



What we do

We work on the cutting edge of open source software. We are mission driven - increasing openness and reproducibility in science research by building tools, forming community projects, and conducting open, crowdsourced research. We are facilitating positive changes to the scientific culture and reward structure. We want you to join our team.



  • Collaborate.

    The Center places a high value on developing skills and collaboration.
    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!
Melissa Lewis presenting
COS open house

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!

Or, check out the local events calendar.

Thank you to David Fulmer,Miguel Vieira, Aaron Webb, Kristen Taylor, Bob Mical, and Esther Westerveld for the use of their photos.