3 OPEN POSITIONS (Software Engineer, Data Analyst, Mobile App Developer)
Map of Life is seeking a Full-stack Software Engineer, Data Analyst, and Mobile App Developer 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 BGC Center 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 (MOL). MOL 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, MOL 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 EEB Department, 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 BGC Center and the MPY Center 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 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.
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 BGC Center and the MPY Center 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).
Mobile App Developer
We are seeking a Mobile App Developer to develop the next version of the Map of Life Mobile App. This is a unique opportunity to work in a collaborative environment and dynamic team that is developing technological solutions for conservation and research.
The MOL Mobile App delivers a digital field-guide for tens of thousands of species worldwide to the palm of your hand, and can be tailored to your GPS location. Naturalists everywhere around the world submit their species observations, with many sightings recorded for undersampled places and species, providing crucial information for conservation research and management. Available in six languages and tens of thousands of users worldwide, the app serves as an important citizen science platform for filling in biodiversity data gaps worldwide. The American Association of School Librarians named it the best app for Teaching & Learning in 2016.
The ideal candidate will be comfortable with developing native mobile apps for iOS and Android, writing efficient code and documentation. The Mobile App Developer will create new iOS and Android applications based on UI/UX requirements and mockups.
The Mobile App Developer will report to the Senior Software Engineer and will drive the development of the new MOL Mobile App. They will work collaboratively with a team of developers and researchers to create an elegant, modern new mobile app to provide a seamless user experience for citizen scientists to explore spatial biodiversity data and contribute to Map of Life’s growing database.
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 lab.
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.
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.