Scientific Support Specialist

Position Summary

The Databrary project seeks a smart, energetic, and passionate scientific support specialist to be the primary point of contact with the developmental and behavioral science communities. The specialist must have strong written and oral communication skills, and have experience building and maintaining professional relationships with researchers at all levels.

Databrary ( is the leading video data-sharing system for developmental science. Datavyu ( is the leading free, open source, multi-platform video coding tool. This position provides a unique opportunity to play a central role in advancing open science through data sharing and reuse.

We’re looking for a team player who takes initiative, has excellent attention to detail, and can work independently while demonstrating passion and enthusiasm about video data sharing and its potential to transform behavioral research. Working closely with the PIs, the technical team, and the managing director, the support specialist will adapt to the evolving and growing needs of the project.

Essential Responsibilities/Functions

Scientific Communications and Engagement

The scientific support specialist will work with the PIs to write scientific papers and give presentations about data sharing, the promise of video data, policies for sharing identifiable data, and the specific features of Databrary and Datavyu. The scientific support specialist will develop and implement communications strategies to engage a diverse community of researchers. Through regular communications, the specialist will obtain information about researchers’ needs and workflows to inform the development of new features in Databrary and Datavyu.

Public Relations and Outreach

The scientific support specialist will have primary responsibility for social outreach through Twitter, Facebook, blogs, webinars, quarterly newsletters, and other media. The specialist will plan, research, and write original content and oversee the timely production of communications.

Technical Support and Documentation

The scientific support specialist will provide technical support to the community through in-person, phone, and webinar-based support sessions. The specialist will update the community when new features are released and provide training in their use. The specialist will work with researchers to understand lab-specific data lifecycles and data representations. The specialist will assist with the curation of new datasets and carry out quality review and cleanup of existing datasets.

The specialist will create and update documentation related to the use of Databrary and Datavyu and policy updates. The specialist will manage the customer relations management system and online support forums.

Authorizations and Policies

The scientific support specialist will work closely with institutions, answer questions about ethical policies and access to shared data, and manage communications between the PIs and others involved in Databrary's policies. The specialist will advocate for Databrary and work to authorize new institutions, investigators, and their affiliates.

Preferred Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Superior listening and analytic skills
  • Ability to multitask and eagerness to learn
  • Adaptability and openness to change
  • Experience with video data collection in lab, home, and/or museum environments
  • Video data coding experience with Datavyu or other tools
  • Statistical analyses using standard software
  • Familiarity with customer-relations management, project management, and task management systems

Required Experience

  • Background in behavioral or developmental science research

Preferred Education

  • Ph.D. in developmental psychology

To apply, send the following to

  • One page cover letter (PDF)
  • Resume (PDF)

We will review applications beginning immediately and consider candidates until the position is filled.

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