Postdoctoral Associate - Quantitative Conservation Science

A postdoctoral position is available in association with the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change (BGC Center), Map of Life, and the Jetz Lab. This is a 2-3-year position that can transition into a longer-term research scientist position (non-ladder faculty) or for advanced candidates be set up as such from the start.

We are seeking a highly quantitative scientist with strong background in conservation science, spatial conservation planning, and geospatial biodiversity analysis. The position holds a central role in a larger, multi-partner initiative including GEO BON, the EO Wilson Biodiversity Foundation, and NASA to deliver research and tools in support of quantitative conservation decision-making from local to global scales. The successful candidate will engage with a team of postdocs and staff at the Yale BGC Center to leverage a range of high-resolution biodiversity data products spanning tens of thousands of species to address decision-relevant questions in biodiversity conservation. We expect a strong quantitative background that includes advanced R and Python coding skills, and ideally additional experience in Google Earth Engine, SQL, and cloud-computing, among others.

The preferred candidate will be dedicated to conscientious work in a team and have excellent writing and communication skills. The position is formally supervised by Walter Jetz, and the successful candidate will interact closely with a large group of Center-based biodiversity scientists, modelers, coordinators, and informaticians. Support for project-related travel and workshops is available. Target start date for the position is spring through early fall 2022. Depending on experience and preference, an initial employment at, or advancement to, research scientist track (non-ladder faculty) is possible.

The Yale BGC Center connects biodiversity scientists from across campus and hosts a range of training events. The Center supports research and training around the use of new technologies and data flows for model-based inference and prediction of biodiversity change. One flagship BGC Center project is Map of Life and its associated activities supporting the GEO BON Species Population Essential Biodiversity Variables, biodiversity change indicators, and the Half-Earth Map. Other initiatives associated with the Center include the integration of spatial, phylogenetic,  and functional dimensions of biodiversity (e.g., VertLife, ButterflyNet), NASA-supported remote sensing-informed layers and tools for biodiversity modelling EarthEnv,  biodiversity movement analysis (through the Max-Planck Yale Center), and the Wildlife Insights initiative for camera trapping data.

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 the Environment. New Haven is renowned for its classic Ivy League setting, 75 miles northeast of New York City.

To apply please send, in one pdf, a short cover letter, CV and contact info for three referees to alexander.killion@yale.edu, subject: “BGC Position - Conservation”. The selection process will begin on 7 March 2022 and continue until the position is filled. The position is open to any nationality.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values in our group, and we are committed to ensuring our workplace reflects those values. As such, we strongly encourage applications from researchers identifying as a member of a historically marginalized group.