Research Scientist

Center for Open Science

The Research Scientist will play a key role in the execution of projects by a set deadline. They communicate with internal and external stakeholders to make decisions and monitor the progress of the project to keep it on schedule. This position will be focused on advancing the research agenda examining open science initiatives. Examples include, but are not limited to, open science badges, preregistration, and Registered Reports.

his role is responsible for supporting and implementing ongoing research projects examining open science initiatives and participating in identifying and designing future projects. The Research Scientist will work with other COS teams to understand current opportunities and to provide research insights to advance our mission.

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in the strategic design of projects, the project deliverables, timelines, and execution strategy of the project with senior leadership team and internal stakeholders
  • Play a key role in the execution of the project and are involved in the execution of tasks to enable project completion.
  • Maintaining a project plan while conducting the project within project constraints
  • Create long- and short-term plans, including setting targets for milestones and adhering to deadlines
  • Delegating tasks on the project to others best positioned to complete them
  • Making effective decisions when presented with multiple options for how to progress with they project
  • Communicating with Directors and executives to keep the project aligned with their goals
  • Performing quality control on the project throughout progress to maintain the standards expected
  • Adjusting schedules and targets on the project as needs for the project change

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • May have up to 2 direct reports

Experience and Qualifications

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Very strong research methodology and statistical competencies that are transferable across a variety of research applications
  • Leadership, interpersonal, and decisiveness skills
  • Ability to delegate effectively
  • Ability to collaborate with people, processes, and systems
  • Experience manipulating data through statistical software (e.g. R)
  • 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
  • Time management skills with the ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving abilities
  • 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
  • Experience with R, OSF, preregistration, and reproducible workflows

Required Education/Experience

  • Expertise (PhD or equivalent) in empirical research domain


Foundations & Non-profit

Job Type


Salary Range

$70,000 - $76,000 annually


  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Health/Dental/Vision insurance
  • 15 days vacation in year one
  • and more.


Charlottesville, VA
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