Project Coordinator

Charlottesville, VA /
Policy /
The Center for Open Science (COS) works to support leaders in the scientific community through its stewardship of programs, guidelines, and standards. These initiatives provide guidance to peer reviewed journals and scientific funders on implementing more transparent research practices and are governed by committees of knowledgeable advocates and stakeholders. Registered Reports (, Open Practice Badges (, and the TOP Guidelines ( are three leading initiatives that have substantial impact on the scholarly community.

One Project Coordinator will support COS’s policy and incentive programs in stewarding these committees and working groups. This work will include coordinating the growth of the committees, soliciting input form the wider community, convening regular group meetings, and working to gain input and adoption of best practices among researchers. 

This work requires effective communication, attention to detail, effective documentation skills, and comfort with research communities. Being able to manage many practices on a variety of topics simultaneously is desirable.

The Project Coordinators will join a growing team in COS’s Policy efforts. They will initially report to the Director of Policy Initiatives or the Policy Program Manager.  The team will operate in COS’s agile scrum management process with highly defined tasks and deliverables to track progress. Two week sprints with daily scrums will identify risks and bottlenecks early in project execution for intervention and correction.


    • Support the needs of working groups in developing, maintaining, and disseminating standards in scholarly communication
    • Establishing timelines for remote and in person meetings of working group members
    • Documentation of working group decisions and seeking support from COS and external stakeholders to implement key tasks
    • Supporting objectives that ensure overall project success
    • Gathering and organizing materials and data from a variety of sources
    • Implementing strong documentation practices for all project activities


    • Experience (Bachelor’s, Master’s or equivalent) in one or more social-behavioral science disciplines
    • Experience with research methodology or scholarly publishing
    • Demonstrated commitment to transparency, rigor, and reproducibility in research
    • Highly efficient and task-oriented
    • Attention to detail and very strong documentation and workflow management skills
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to work independently and in coordination with a team for advancing shared objectives on a very assertive timeline
    • Ability to prioritize, make decisions, problem-solve, and ask for help
This position is located at the Center for Open Science in Charlottesville, VA.  Start date in January or February 2020. Questions can be emailed to On-site is desired, but remote work will be considered.

COS offers full time employees:

401(k) with employer match. COS offers a matching contribution of 100% up to 3% of pay and another 50% up to 5% of pay (the full match will be 4% if participants elect to defer 5%)

Health, dental, and vision insurance. COS covers 100% of employee premium and 50% of all dependent coverage costs under the base plan

15 days vacation in year one

Paid family leave. COS offers paid leave for up to three (3) months to all full-time, regular employees to care for their child after birth, after or during the adoption process, or to care for their spouse, child, or parent who has a serious health condition, or if they themselves have a serious health condition.

Modern office space and other amenities

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


Please submit a resume/CV and cover letter explaining your background and interest in the position.  Questions about the position and COS are welcome. COS is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in science and technology industries.