Opportunities

OPEN POSITIONS (Software Engineer, Data Analyst, Interns)

Map of Life is seeking a Full-stack Software Engineer, Data Analyst, and two Interns to join our growing team of developers and scientists at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

The positions will be based at Yale University, with close collaborative links to our partners worldwide. The Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change connects biodiversity scientists from across campus and hosts a range of speaker and workshop events. It supports research and training around the use of new technologies and data flows for model-based inference and prediction of biodiversity distributions and changes at large spatial and taxonomic scales. Flagship Center projects include Map of Life and associated activities supporting the Half-Earth Map and the development of the GEO BON Species Population Essential Biodiversity Variables. For animal movement data we are partnered with the Icarus Initiative, a space station-based near-global GPS animal movement observation system, and Movebank, which supports the management and integration of movement data. For camera trapping data we are members of the Wildlife Insights initiative. Other Center initiatives include the integration of phylogenetic information with spatial distributions (e.g., VertLife), and the NASA-supported development and application of remote sensing-informed layers for biodiversity modelling (EarthEnv).

Much of the technical development work in the Center connects to Map of Life . Map of Life aims to support effective and global biodiversity education, monitoring, research and decision-making by assembling and integrating a wide range of knowledge about species distributions and their dynamics over time. Built on a scalable web platform geared for large biodiversity and environmental data, Map of Life provides best-possible species distribution information together with a range of data and biodiversity indicator products. These products in turn underpin analytics and mapping for the Half-Earth Project.

Yale University offers researchers and staff competitive salaries and a generous package of benefits. Yale has a thriving and growing community of young scholars in ecology, evolution and global change science in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, the Yale Institute for Biospheric Studies, the Peabody Museum, and the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The town is renowned for its classic Ivy League setting, 75 miles north of New York City.

Software Engineer (Full-Stack)

We are seeking a Software Engineer to work with our growing team of developers and scientists at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. This is a unique opportunity to work in a collaborative environment and dynamic team that is developing technological solutions for conservation and research. Both the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and the Max Plnck Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change support research and training around the use of new technologies such as GPS tracking, machine learning, and remote sensing to address questions in ecology, behavior, and conservation.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable at all levels of the Map of Life technology stack, which organizes data on Google Cloud Platform via Compute Engine virtual machine instances running the Postgres/PostGIS RDBMS, the Earth Engine remote sensing data processing platform, and distributed storage systems such as the Cloud Storage object store and Cloud Data Store schema-less database. A user-facing API is deployed on the App Engine platform to serve browser-based front-ends built on the Angular javascript framework as well as native Android and iOS mobile applications. Candidates should be familiar with writing efficient code that runs across the cloud platform and will help build systems for the internal team to process large data.

The Software Engineer will participate in the architecture, design, development, deployment, and maintenance of MOL.org web applications and the APIs that support them. You will work collaboratively to deploy and operate our systems.

For more information about this position and to apply, go here. If you have any questions, please email jobs@mol.org. The position will remain open until filled.

Data Analyst

We are seeking a Data Analyst to work with our growing team of developers and scientists at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. This is a unique opportunity to work in a collaborative environment and dynamic team that is developing technological solutions for conservation and research. Both the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and the Max Plnck Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change support research and training around the use of new technologies such as GPS tracking, machine learning, and remote sensing to address questions in ecology, behavior, and conservation.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable with relational databases, familiar with writing efficient code and documentation, and will help build workflows for the internal team to process large data. The Data Analyst will manage and improve an existing database hosted within a PostgreSQL/PostGIS environment and work with the informatics team to build, extend, and support new data products to support global biodiversity research and conservation projects.

The Data Analyst will report to the Senior Software Engineer and other team members and participate in the organization, management, and ensuring the integrity of complex datasets. They will work collaboratively to analyze spatial data and manage a global spatial biodiversity database (>1 billion records).

For more information about the position and to apply, go here. If you have any questions, please email jobs@mol.org. The position will remain open until filled.

Internships (Paid) in Conservation, Spatial Biodiversity, and Data/Computer Science

We are seeking two interns to join the the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change working with Map of Life:

  • Internship in Spatial Biodiversity and Conservation
  • Internship in Data/Computer Science for Conservation

The candidate will be involved in software development, environmental science research, and global conservation. The candidate will gain valuable training experience while working with a team of researchers and informaticians to enhance data management, analysis, and visualization workflows. There will be dedicated time for training through designated online courses, attending lectures on campus, mentorship from well-seasoned software engineers passionate about coding for social good and biodiversity scientists.
Find out more about the position here. To apply, please send your CV and cover letter as a pdf to  jobs@mol.org, subject “Intern”. The positions will remain open until filled.

Undergraduates

The lab hires a handful of undergraduates each year to work on projects related to the Map of Life. Unfortunately, we are not currently hiring undergraduate research assistant. If you are a Yale undergrad interested in the pursuing an independent research project, email Michelle Duong to learn more about opportunities in the Center.

Graduate Students

New opportunities are ongoing, some of them in the context of the Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and the Max Planck - Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change. Focal areas of recruitment will likely include biodiversity and remote sensing, animal movement, and spatial biodiversity change assessment.

Research Assistants

Unfortunately, we are not currently hiring research assistants. Check back soon, as we regularly have open positions for research assistants with the Map of Life project. These positions will be closely involved with the Map of Life and the new Max Planck-Yale Center, utilizing GIS tools and ecological understanding to map species distributions worldwide.