Postdoctoral Associate - Animal Movement and Global Change

A postdoc position is available associated with the Max Planck-Yale Center (MPYC) for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change ( The MPYC, an International Max Planck Center, is a partnership between Yale University and its Center for Biodiversity and Global Change and the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior, Konstanz.

The MPYC supports research and training around the use of new technologies and analytical frameworks to define and address emerging questions in ecology, behavior, and global change. Flagship associated projects include the ICARUS initiative, a space station-based near-global GPS animal movement observation system, Movebank, which supports the management and integration of movement data, the Wildlife Insights initiative for camera trapping data and Map of Life, an infrastructure integrating global species distribution information for research and conservation. The MPYC’s research goal is to analyze individual movement and other animal sensor data to address patterns and mechanisms in species distributions, species coexistence, environmental niches, animal migrations, disease ecology, wildlife conservation, and biodiversity change.

We are seeking an innovative thinker with a strong quantitative and/or computational background who is interested in using GPS tracking or other biological sensor data together with remotely sensed information to address questions on biological change at macro scales. Qualifications for the position include a PhD in ecology or behavior or a related field, experience in collecting or analyzing movement data, a dedication toward conscientious and responsible work in a team, and strong communication skills. An ability to traverse community- and single-species perspectives and to address processes at different spatial and temporal scales are particularly welcome. The position offers some thematic flexibility, and in their application letter candidates should briefly describe their preferred area of activity. Target start date is spring to summer 2022 and the expected contract length is 2 to 3 years.

The position is based at Yale University with Center Co-Director Walter Jetz.  MPYC postdocs can leverage close collaborative links with the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior and Center Co-Director Martin Wikelski. They will also be able to engage in guest lecture, symposium co-organization, and mentoring opportunities and are expected to participate in workshops, training activities and exchanges linking the two MPYC locations. Yale University offers its postdoc and staff 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. 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 cover letter, CV and contact info for three referees to The selection process will begin on 7 March 2022. 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.