Postdocs in Global Biodiversity Science and Conservation

Focal groups: mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, epiphytes

Several positions are available associated with the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change (BGC Center), the Max Planck - Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change (MPYC), Map of Life, and the Jetz Lab. Target start date is spring/summer 2019.

We are seeking innovative thinkers with a strong quantitative background who are interested in addressing ecological questions at large spatial scales. Qualifications for the position include a PhD in ecology, conservation, (bio-)geography, or biological informatics, combined with experience in spatial biodiversity analysis and inference. The preferred candidates will have a strong interest in the modelbased integration of large, disparate biodiversity and environmental data, a dedication toward conscientious work in a team, attention to detail, and strong communication skills. An ability to traverse ecological, evolutionary, and conservation perspectives and to address processes at different spatial and temporal scales are particularly welcome.

We expect strong analysis and scientific writing skills. Experience in several scripting languages, database management, taxonomic name management, remote sensing, and/or biodiversity informatics are highly welcome. The positions offer broad thematic flexibility, and focal research questions may be macroecological, macroevolutionary, biogeographical, or conservation-focused. There is also openness regarding the preferred taxonomic study systems. Our current funding has a particular emphasis on mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, bees, and epiphytes, and we are especially (but not exclusively) interested in applicants who have experience in one of these groups. We ask candidates to briefly describe their preferred area of activity in the cover letter. Several junior or senior positions are available, with a typical contract length of 2-3 years.

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).

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 Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The town is renowned for its classic Ivy League setting, 75 miles north of New York City.

To apply please send, in one pdf, a short motivation (i.e. cover) letter, CV and names and contact information for three referees to michelle.duong@yale.edu, subject “BGC Postdoc”. For questions contact walter.jetz@yale.edu. The final selection process will begin on 20 January 2019, but earlier applications are welcome and will be reviewed as received. We passionately believe that a diverse team will enable a broader perspective and enhance creativity, and we strongly encourage applications from women and minorities.


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 to learn more about the program.

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 are currently hiring student 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.

Find out more about the position here. These positions will be open until filled. For more information and to apply, please contact Michelle Duong.