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.

Postgrad Associate

The Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and its flagship project Map of Life are offering up to three Postgrad Associate positions starting summer to fall 2021. The successful candidate(s) will join a diverse team of researchers and staff to advance the mission of the Center and Map of Life. Find more details here.

The Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change connects biodiversity scientists from across campus and worldwide. 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.

Postgraduate Associate (PGA) positions with Map of Life provide opportunities for recent graduates to gain critical skills and experience in biodiversity, conservation, and data science. PGA positions place a particular emphasis on training and mentorship and are part of the Map of Life team of staff researchers and software developers.

Postgraduate Assistant positions are limited to one year with the opportunity to extend for a second year in particular circumstances. Positions are full time, paid, and provide benefits. These positions are open to international applicants that are eligible for student visas to enter the US.

Program Coordinator

The Program Coordinator will work closely with and report to the Program Manager and support the strategic growth, outreach, and event planning of the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and its focal activities, including the Max Planck-Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change (MPYC) flagship projects such as Map of Life, and others. Additionally, this role will provide administrative support to the PI, mainly maintaining their schedule. This role includes:

  • Working closely with the business office to set up contracts, service agreements, process payments and reimbursements, and order equipment.
  • Onboarding new members and serving as the main source of information about university procedures and more for Center members or visitors.
  • Maintaining the web presence: updating news, events, and people in coordination with the Program Manager and lab members.
  • Arranging logistics for guest speakers, workshops, and events such as room reservations, refreshments, guest travel and accommodation.
  • Setting up and supporting virtual seminar events.
  • Providing logistical support during the recruitment process of new researchers and staff, including scheduling of interviews, note taking during interviews and follow up with candidates.
  • Scheduling group meetings and taking notes when needed.
  • Proofreading and report writing and submission support, general support with correspondence.
  • Organizing files and archives, developing and implementing office procedures.
  • Supporting documentation of activities and requirements.
  • Supporting the development of a communication strategy for the Center and associated projects.
  • Supporting the tracking of progress and reaching of milestones and deliverables.

For more details and to apply click here.

Research Associate - ESRI  Technology

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Reasearch Associate - Data Curation

Reporting to the Program Manager and the PI, the Research Associate will join a team of researchers and informaticians in building, managing, and analyzing biodiversity datasets. The candidate will be responsible for maintaining rigorous data standards and retains the scientific integrity of new data being uploaded to the Map of Life database. The candidate will generate data products, prepare and upload data, liaise with data partners and experts, and work with the data mobilization to oversee the digitization of spatial biodiversity information. They will work closely with the other team members to make sure that data products are being delivered in a timely and efficient manner. They will document procedures and communicate progress in an organized and logical manner. More specific tasks of this role include:

  • Managing biodiversity data: assessing incoming datasets, preparing datasets to upload to the database, ensuring rigorous quality control, and uploading datasets to the Map of Life database
  • Preparing metadata and maintaining tracking sheets
  • Establishing and maintaining contact with data providers and ensure data sharing standards, acquiring new datasets, digitizing existing datasets
  • Establishing new and maintaning existing connections with biodiversity and species experts, and actively seeking and facilitating expert feedback on species distribution models
  • Supporting species distribution modeling efforts and executing existing modelling workflows
  • Providing support for researchers and team members with spatial analyses
  • Develop and maintain documentation for Map of Life data related processes and data, develop and update protocols
  • Using different coding platforms and languages (such as R, Python, and SQL) to perform analyses, clean and manipulate data, prepare data for uploading, and upload data to databases
  • Instructing and supporting student assistants and post grad associates with their regular tasks and providing technical and data support to researchers

Map of Life aims to support 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. To apply click here

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 anna.schuerkmann@yale.edu.

Postdocs

Global Biodiversity of Bees

Global Macroecology and Macroevolution 

Research Staff

Quantitative Ecology 

Undergraduates

The lab hires a number of undergraduates each year to work on projects related to the Map of Life. If you are a Yale undergrad interested in the pursuing an independent research project, please email anna.schuerkmann@yale.edu.

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

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. If interested, please email anna.schuerkmann@yale.edu

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/)