Opportunities

Head of Biodiversity Informatics and Data Science

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History (YPM) and Yale University invite applications for a data scientist to help develop and advance the innovative use of informatics tools for the synthesis and utilization of biodiversity information in research and education. The YPM is among the oldest, largest, and most active university natural history museums in the world. The museum has a strong track record in specimen digitization and database efforts and in contributing to national biodiversity informatics initiatives. The university hosts a range of activities in biodiversity data science and global change, including the Max Planck Yale Center of Biodiversity Movement and Global Change and digital infrastructure projects addressing global phylogenies, remote sensing, and species distributions (Map of Life).

The Head of Biodiversity Informatics and Data Science is expected to support the development of an expanded vision for biodiversity- and specimen-based informatics that links the YPM scientific divisions and other university activities with the goal of developing national and international leadership roles in this arena. Responsibilities include: advancing the innovative use of informatics tools for the synthesis and utilization of biodiversity information in research and education; setting priorities and developing plans and initiatives related to Biodiversity Informatics and Data Science; partnering in the development of grant proposals for funding of informatics and data science projects; facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations and research programs at the museum, University, and national and international levels; serving as a liaison and/or representative of YPM and its partner projects.

We seek an outstanding applicant working in any area of ecology, evolution, or paleobiology, and with demonstrated informatics expertise and a passion for contributing to this vision. A record of outstanding achievement and a promising research program are more important than the specific scientific area. While developer skills (below) are required, we seek candidates with active research programs and a strong record in obtaining funding in this area.

We expect candidates to bring a range of skills spanning software and database development, and to specifically have the following qualifications:

  • Experience in taxonomic integration, such as familiarity with concepts and tools addressing taxonomic harmonization.
  • Familiarity with taxonomic naming concept management and formal knowledge representation addressing ontologies and semantics.
  • Experience with Web GIS development.
  • Experience in relational database management and SQL, with Postgres/PostGIS experience particularly welcome.
  • Experience with API development.
  • Programming skills in Python and R required; JavaScript and Java a plus
  • Experience in R package development.
  • Background in cloud architecture, cloud data flows and pipelines.

Preferred Education, Experience and Skills: Ph.D. in the natural sciences or computer sciences. Experience in planning, development, and implementation of biodiversity informatics projects or equivalent combination of education and experience. Competency in innovative approaches for data integration and data fusion. Previous experience with highly technical and collaborative projects.

Application: To apply, please go to http://bit.ly/2fGpt34. The review of applications will begin 2 October 2017; the search will remain open until the position is filled.

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, Forestry & Environmental Studies and Music. We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

 

Now hiring for positions in Global Biodiversity Science

Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change (BGC), Map of Life (MOL) and the Jetz Lab are seeking postdocs and informaticians to participate in addressing questions and research opportunities in species modelling, spatial patterns, species and trait diversification along with other areas.

Learn more about these positions, click here. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to  michelle.duong@yale.edu. Application  reviews will begin August 15, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled.

Postdoc: Integrated models of biodiversity distributions and change

We are seeking a postdoc (2-3y) addressing questions and research opportunities surrounding uncertainty-assessed models of species (co-)occurrences over time. Project work would benefit from range of carefully curated biodiversity data sources and novel remotely sensed layers from associated NASA projects. Contingent on funding, the position may address specific GEO BON use cases in support of Species Population Essential Biodiversity Variables. We are open to a candidate’s preferred taxa, regions, and questions and animal/plant and terrestrial/marine/freshwater expertise - qualifications and vision are more important than a specific system. We seek someone with a strong quantitative background and ability to traverse community- and single-species perspectives and spatial scales.

Learn more about this position here. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to  michelle.duong@yale.edu. Application  reviews will begin August 15, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled.

Postdoc: Mountain biodiversity change

A postdoc position (1-2y) is available to address questions surrounding spatial patterns and temporal changes in global mountain biodiversity. This position will build on the data and infrastructure collaboration of the Global Mountain Biodiversity Assessment and Map of Life (http://www.mountainbiodiversity.org). Targeted work aims to document the evidence base and causes behind geographical mountain biodiversity patterns and to integrate information about change and protection in support of Target 4 of Sustainable Development Goal 15. The successful candidate will have excellent spatial biodiversity modelling skills and statistical background, first-hand experience with observational field data collection, knowledge of global change scenarios and models, and a passion for mountain biodiversity.

Learn more about this position here. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to  michelle.duong@yale.edu. Application  reviews will begin August 15, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled.

Postdoc: Global macroevolution and macroecology

We are seeking a postdoc (2-3y) to work on questions of species and trait diversification and the evolution of niche-relevant traits in geographic space and across spatial scales. Focal taxa include vertebrates, but we are open to work on invertebrate or plant taxa. The candidate should have a strong background in phylogenetic comparative methods and rate-based diversification analyses and ideally prior experience in the assembly of phylogenies, geospatial analyses, and a solid natural history background. Familiarity with R, python, and bash is desirable, as are strong writing and verbal communication skills, a successful track-record of publications, and strong team-working skills.

Learn more about this position here. To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and 2 references to  michelle.duong@yale.edu. Application  reviews will begin August 15, 2017 and the position will remain open until filled.

Biodiversity Web Developer

Map of Life is seeking a Front-end Web Developer to join their international team and participate in the design, development, deployment, and maintenance of mol.org web applications and the API that support them. We require familiarity with Google Cloud Platforms (BigQuery, Cloud SQL, Cloud Datastore) and hosted platforms such as Google App Engine and CARTO. We require experience in developing responsive web applications in HTML5 and CSS3 on JavaScript frameworks such as Angular and React. Learn more about the position here.

To apply please send, in one pdf, a short cover letter, CV and contact info for three referees to michelle.duong@yale.edu. The final selection process will begin on 18 Aug 2017, but applications before this date are welcome and will be reviewed as received.

Spatial Biodiversity Database Architect/Manager

Map of Life is seeking a qualified candidate to join their international team to help oversee the management (and analysis) of species occurrence information and associated metadata. The successful applicant will work with software engineers and research team to build, extend, support, and manage new databases driving biodiversity web and mobile applications. The ideal candidate will be a quick learner, self-driven, and detail oriented. We require experience in working with geospatial and biodiversity data and the PostgreSQL/PostGIS environment, and python and shell scripting skills. Learn more about the position here.

To apply please send, in one pdf, a short cover letter, CV and contact info for three referees to michelle.duong@yale.edu. The final selection process will begin on 18 Aug 2017, but applications before this date are welcome and will be reviewed as received.

Undergraduates

The lab hires a handful of undergraduates each year to work on projects related to the Map of Life. If you are a Yale undergrad interested in the Map of Life project, or if you have any interest in developing some of the apps we use in our lab, email Michelle Duong at michelle.duong@yale.edu to learn more about the program.

Graduate Students

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