Opportunities

OPEN POSITIONS 

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values in our group. We aim to promote the success of traditionally underrepresented groups in science because we believe not only in the importance of increasing equity across academia, but also that a diverse team will enable a broader perspective and enhance creativity.

Spatial Data Analyst

Map of Life (MOL) and the Max Planck – Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change (MPYC) are seeking a Spatial Data(base) Analyst who is interested supporting effective 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, MOL provides best-possible species distribution information together with a range of information and biodiversity indicator products. MOL leads the data integration and mapping efforts of the Half-Earth Project that aims to identify and prioritize target areas for global biodiversity conservation. Responsibilities and tasks will include:

  • Performing analyses on a variety of large and big spatial and non-spatial data

  • Managing complex vector and raster datasets in relational and NoSQL databases

  • Optimizing SQL queries and supporting database design and management

  • Controlling all spatial and non-spatial data for quality before ingesting into the database.

  • Providing support to the Map of Life team and researchers at the Center.

  • Assessing and meeting technical and stakeholder needs.

  • Working as part of a team and independently and small and large projects.

  • Incorporating user feedback directly into products.

For more information about this position and to apply, click here. If you have any questions, please email anna.schuerkmann@yale.edu.

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 Planck 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.

Postdocs

Several postdoc positions are available in association with the BGC Center, with start dates in 2020. Consideration begins in December 2019 and continues until the positions are filled.

Global Biodiversity of Bees

Research Staff

Quantitative ecology

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 anna.schuerkmann@yale.edu 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

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. Current Opening can be found here

Yale and the Department for Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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.

Resources @Yale:

For more information about diversity and inclusion efforts in the broader university community, here are some potentially relevant resources on campus:

Office of Diversity and Inclusion (https://your.yale.edu/community/diversity-inclusion/office-diversity-and…)

Office of Institutional Equity and Access (https://equalopportunity.yale.edu/)

Office for Graduate Student Development and Diversity (https://gsas.yale.edu/diversity/office-graduate-student-development-dive…)

Yale Women’s Center (https://womenscenter.yale.edu/)

Women in Science at Yale (https://wisay.sites.yale.edu/)

Working Women’s Network (https://wwn.yale.edu/)

Office of LGBTQ Resources (https://lgbtq.yale.edu)

Yale LGBTQ Affinity Group (https://lgbtqaffinity.yale.edu/)

Afro-American Cultural Center (https://afam.yalecollege.yale.edu/)

African American Affinity Group (https://yaaa.yale.edu/)

Asian American Cultural Center (https://aacc.yalecollege.yale.edu/)

Asian Network at Yale (https://asiannetwork.yale.edu/)

Yale Latino Networking Group (https://ylng.yale.edu/)

La Casa Cultural: Latino Cultural Center (https://lacasa.yalecollege.yale.edu/)

Native American Cultural Center (https://nacc.yalecollege.yale.edu/)

Office of International Students and Scholars (https://oiss.yale.edu/)

DiversAbility at Yale (https://day.yale.edu/)

Religious Diversity at Yale (https://chaplain.yale.edu)

Yale Veterans Network (https://yvn.yale.edu/)