Postdoctoral Associate - Quantitative Ecology

A postdoc position is available in association with the Yale Center for Biodiversity and Global Change (BGC Center), Map of Life, and the Jetz Lab. We are seeking a highly quantitative scientist with strong background in geospatial analysis and species distribution modelling. The project is supported by NASA and other sources with the goal of demonstrating the power of novel quantitative approaches and data for addressing central questions in large-scale ecology and conservation. The successful candidate is expected to work with an array of biodiversity data (e.g., survey, citizen science, GPS tracking, and camera trapping) as well as a range of remote sensing products and sources, including hyperspectral data. While there is thematic and taxonomic flexibility, a particular focus of the position will be the collaborative development and use of multi-species and multi-modal models at large spatial scales. We therefore expect a background in Bayesian and/or machine-learning approaches to model species and/or assemblage distributions and changes. Experience in R, Python, Jupyter/Rmd Notebooks, Google Earth Engine, SQL, and HPC/Cloud Computing is a plus.

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 collaborate closely with an international working group of leading biodiversity modelers associated with Map of Life and the Yale BGC Center. Support for project-related travel and workshops is available. Target start date for the position is spring to summer 2022.

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 Postdoc – Quantitative Ecology”. 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.