Reproducible and Open Practices Trainer

Charlottesville, VA

Background: The Center for Open Science (COS) develops free, open source 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.  COS is now hiring a Reproducible and Open Practices Trainer to support an upcoming, major project under the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Next Generation Social Science (NGS2) program. We are seeking a quantitatively-oriented, passionate trainer with experience in open and transparent research practices to train, support, and foster open, reproducible research practices across the sciences. The trainer will work with project teams on use of the OSF in support of the NGS2 program objectives, and when time allows, will work with other COS training staff to support the Center’s efforts towards increasing OSF adoption by individual researchers and universities, as well as help current users take advantage of the full suite of OSF features for openness and reproducibility. All training and created materials are free and openly licensed. The trainer must have strong social and organizational skills, as well as the ability to communicate with researchers from a broad range of scientific domains.  This position is appropriate for recent or past Master’s students with past experience in curriculum development and training.

Responsibilities: The Reproducible and Open Practices Trainer will support COS’ training efforts for the DARPA NGS2 project over the next 3.5 years. This project will entail working with many internal and external stakeholders to test and evaluate strategies for greater reproducibility. The trainer will work closely with many members of the COS team and be the primary trainer for this project, working frequently with DARPA program officers and other project teams.  The trainer will provide active, hands-on consultation for open, transparent, and reproducible best practices in tools and research workflows. Training strategies might include short-term visits to project sites; lectures and training at conferences; virtual consulting and webinars; and development and maintenance of education materials and practical guides for distribution. Trainings will include open science, reproducibility practices, and open source research tools. The trainer will assist in forming and maintaining COS’s best practices for reproducible research, coordinate and grow our onsite and virtual training offerings, and collaborate with the whole COS team in making its infrastructure and products accessible, useful, and applicable to scientists across research disciplines.  


    • Passion for reproducible research and open tools.
    • Experience in scientific research practices.
    • Experience training on software tool and/or workflow methodologies.
    • Extremely high social and communication skills.
    • Exceptional organization and attention to detail.
    • Service-oriented mindset.
    • Diverse experience with technologies for data collection and analysis.
    • 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.  

Notes: The Center for Open Science is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.  The Center for Open Science (COS) is a non-profit organization based in Charlottesville, Virginia 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.  COS has three primary activities: (1) infrastructure development to support the scientific workflow ( - 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, and (3) metascience, research on scientific practices.  COS is supported by a mix of funders, including the NIH, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, John Templeton Foundation, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and the Hewlett Foundation.  Get more information about COS at its website, and in papers articulating a vision for “Scientific Utopia” for scientific communication and scientific practices.   

Applying: Please submit a resume and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position. Questions about the position and COS are welcome.