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Developer
Developer Intern
Project Manager
Statistical and Methodological Consultant
BITSS Research Transparency Associate

Working in Charlottesville

We’re located in Charlottesville, VA and currently looking for candidates that can relocate to the area. Charlottesville is well known for its history (mostly Jefferson-related) and is situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, making for ample hiking opportunities for those that can suffer being away from the internet--we (probably) won’t count this against you. It also has a number of mostly arbitrary accolades that can be found here (http://www.charlottesville.org/Index.aspx?page=158). Other things we care about: it has a burgeoning tech scene, is in the top 15 cities in the country for restaurants per capita (lots of good food), and has a rich music/coffee scene--much of which is located just outside our office doors on the downtown mall, one of the country's longest pedestrian malls.

COS 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, white-board walls, 401(k), and health/dental/vision insurance.

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.



Developers

Background

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

The Center for Open Science (http://centerforopenscience.org) 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 (http://github.com/CenterForOpenScience).

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 send a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position here. Questions about the position and COS are welcome. You can also see more on GitHub.

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Developer internships

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. You can also see more on GitHub.

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Project Manager

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 a project manager with substantial training in research methodology and practice, extremely strong social and organizational skills, and ability to translate ideals into practical uses. The Project Manager will contribute to community and metascience efforts, and help facilitate open science practices more broadly. This position is highly appropriate for graduating PhD’s seeking to stay involved in scientific research and improving scientific practices.

Responsibilities

The key responsibilities for the project manager include managing initiatives to improve scientific practices including badges for journals to acknowledge open practices (e.g., https://osf.io/tvyxz/), a Registered Reports publishing format (e.g., https://osf.io/hxeza/), checklists for research workflow (e.g., https://osf.io/mv8pj/), and disclosure standards (e.g., https://osf.io/hadz3/). The project manager will foster and manage connections with the scientific community on these initiatives, provide training and support for users, maintain project documentation and standards, and track progress on project goals.

Skills

Substantial training and experience in scientific research and methodology; 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; Very strong writing skills. Skills in programming, web development, and data analysis are a plus.

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.

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Statistical and Methodological Consultants

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.

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BITSS Research Transparency Associate

Background

This position is not with the Center for Open Science, but is, instead, a courtesy posting for the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in Social Sciences.

The Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in Social Sciences (BITSS) is a new effort to promote the integrity, replicability, and validity of empirical social science research. The program is fostering an active network of social science researchers and institutions committed to strengthening transparency in economics, political science, behavioral science, and related disciplines. Central to BITSS is the identification and evaluation of strategies or tools to improve research transparency, including study registries, pre-analysis plans, data archiving and sharing platforms, and replications.

Headquartered at the Center for Effective Global Action at UC Berkeley, BITSS is looking for a Program Associate to support the initiative’s evaluation and outreach efforts. The candidate is expected to engage actively with social science researchers at scientific conferences, to raise awareness of new and emerging tools for research transparency. This could include the organization of satellite sessions, trainings, seminars, or other activities to share information and resources.

The candidate also will contribute directly to the refinement of the Open Science Framework, a platform created by the Center for Open Science at the University of Virginia that helps researchers document and archive their study designs, materials and data. Toward this end, the candidate is expected to make several visits to the Center over the course of a year.

Responsibilities
  • Providing technical assistance in the use of new tools for BITSS affiliates, including in-person and web meetings, email/phone consultations, online fora, the development of online help materials, and referrals to other resources (e.g. those provided by COS).
  • Providing continuous updates on BITSS activities to COS leadership, and updating BITSS leadership on developments at COS.
  • Collecting feedback from the broader social science community and recommend fixes, features, and revisions to the OSF platform.
  • Participating in and presenting at academic conferences to raise awareness of different tools to improve research transparency and integrity.
  • Supporting the planning and development of curriculum and problem sets for an annual BITSS summer institute (including teaching assistance to support advanced doctoral students enrolled in the institute).
  • Providing administrative and logistics support as needed for planning summer training modules, organizing BITSS annual meeting, reporting to donors, and supporting other BITSS activities.
Skills

The ideal candidate will have strong experience working with empirical datasets in the social sciences and familiarity with some of the new tools in research transparency. S/he should be eager and able to quickly grasp new advances in both transparency software development and empirical research methods. S/he should also be able to communicate clearly with a broad range of stakeholders, from journal editors and social scientists to software developers and the public. The candidate should meet the following requirements:

  • Graduate degree in Economics, Political Science, Psychology or another data-intensive social science discipline. Computer science graduates are also encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with the management and analysis of empirical data in the social sciences, including experience with assessing and documenting data quality and implementing metadata standards.
  • Experience with statistical software packages such as STATA, R, or MATLAB. Coding and programming skills a plus.
  • Interest in research transparency and the value of improving the standards of rigor in empirical scientific research.
  • Demonstrated evidence of quickly and successfully seizing on a new technology for a past project.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to interact productively with diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to multitask and be responsive to time-sensitive deadlines.
  • Ability to execute work independently while communicating effectively with colleagues and managers.
Location

BITSS is located in Berkeley, California.

Benefits

This is a one year 50%-100% FTE position for someone eager to collaborate with leading social science researchers to rapidly and decisively shift research norms in favor of more transparent practices. Candidates might pursue other activities at the same time. Daily/Weekly schedule is flexible. Contract subject to renewal depending on performance and available funding.

Salary is commensurate with experience. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University of California visit: http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/forms_pubs/misc/benefits_of_belonging.pdf.

Applying

All applications must be submitted through the UC Berkeley jobs website. Please visit http://jobs.berkeley.edu and search for Job ID# 17259. In addition to a current CV, candidates should submit a cover letter outlining (1) qualifications for the responsibilities listed above, (2) specific interest in the position, and (3) at least two academic and/or professional references. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The candidate is expected to start in February 2014. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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