Here are some ways to be a part of the Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative:
Call for Post-Docs
We are currently selecting 1 or 2 post-docs to join the Initiative’s coordinating team, based at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. They will be responsible for supervising the acquisition and delivery of materials, discussing protocol adaptations, overseeing data collection and helping to solve methodological issues. Besides direct work on the project, researchers may join other meta-research projects, either related to data from the Initiative or not. Home office is an option for part of the week, provided that predefined goals are met and online meetings are attended.
Desired skills: Solid background in research methodology, experience in basic methods in biomedical science (RT-PCR, MTT assay, elevated plus maze, cell cultures, animal models), basic statistical concepts, communication skills in Portuguese and English and project management experience.
Period: 12-18 months (February-April 2020 to March-July 2021), 40h / week
Stipend: R$ 4,500 / month (+ coverage of travel costs for candidates coming from outside of Rio de Janeiro).
We will be filling at least one post-doc position with funds from our main grant from the Serrapilheira Institute. Candidates who are not selected for this first spot can apply to this second position, which is open via the UFRJ Graduate Program in Biological Chemistry with funds from CAPES/PrInt and is specific for those with research experience (PhD or post-doc) outside of Brazil.
Selection: Interested candidates should send brief CVs, a motivation letter (in English) explaining their interest in the project and 1-2 letters of recommendation to firstname.lastname@example.org until January 19th, 2020. They should be available for interviews (either at UFRJ or online) between January 20th and 30th. Interviews for the CAPES/PrInt position will be held on February 13th-14th.
Can scientists predict the success of a replication from features of the original article or experiment? Other replication initiatives have used the ’wisdom of crowds’ to address this question, by having researchers bet on the chances of successful replication of various studies in a prediction market. And the market has done well – in a study of replications from social science articles published in Science and Nature, for example, markets had good accuracy in determining the success of replication (Camerer et al., 2018).
By partnering with the D'Or Institute and the University of Stockholm, the Brazilian Reproducibility Initiative is developing its own prediction market. The first round of predictions happened in December 2019, with 44 participants making more than 800 predictions on 60 experiments. To join our second round, which will happen between January and February 2020, fill our registration form. Participation is open to anyone over 18 with experience in experimental research in an academic environment, and involves predicting the results of 20 experiments with one of the techniques included in the Initiative.
To know more about the project, you can watch this presentation by Pedro Tan in our first general meeting of the Initiative, this webinar by our collaborator Anna Dreber, or practice with the results of previous replication efforts in the area of social psychology.
To visualize our current network of labs across Brazil, take a look at our collaborator map. Registration for new labs is currently closed.