User Support Specialist

Charlottesville, VA
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 User Support Specialist with extremely strong social and organizational skills to provide technical support to our community of users, as well as facilitate open science practices more broadly within the scientific research community. Our users are researchers, funders, librarians, and data scientists. You’ll be tasked with helping them solve research challenges by enabling successful use of our growing suite of free open-source tools.


    • Monitor and respond to support requests
    • Walk users through the problem solving process and direct them to user-facing resources
    • Coordinate with other product team members to provide additional training or product implementation assistance, as well as identify potential COS ambassadors or other champions
    • Coordinate with infrastructure and quality assurance teams to ensure prompt resolution to issues and communication of feature requests
    • Coordinate with members of the product team staff to identify new additions or updates to user documentation to improve user support
    • Recommend process improvements to increase efficiency and scalability of user support services


    • Experience in a customer-facing role working via email and web meetings
    • Extremely high social and communication skills
    • Exceptional organization and attention to detail
    • Experience using CRM tools, help desk platforms, web communication and documentation software
    • Experience with technical writing
    • Experience within research or scientific environment helpful
    • Strong writing skills
    • Team-oriented
    • Very strong work ethic and a passion for customer engagement
    • Experienced multi-tasker
    • Self-starter and industrious
    • Adaptive to rapidly changing demands in a high performance workplace
Location:  COS is located in Charlottesville, Virginia. Remote work will be considered.


Competitive salaries

Modern office space and other amenities

COS promotes a flexible work environment that supports a healthy work/life balance.

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. Questions about the position and COS are welcome and can be directed to