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  • 1 Postdoc in Movement Ecology and 1 Spatial Biodiversity Data Scientist


    Melanie Colón
    • Employer: Yale University-Max Planck Institute
      Location: Yale University
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 04/20/2018
      Open Until Filled: No
    Several positions are available associated with the Max Planck-Yale (MPY) 
    Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change (https://mpyc.yale.edu). 
    The MPY Center, an International Max Planck Center, is a partnership 
    between Yale University and its Center for Biodiversity and Global Change 
    and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell. 
    
    - Postdoc in Movement Ecology. We are seeking innovative thinkers with a 
    strong quantitative background who are interested in using existing and, 
    through Icarus, forthcoming movement data to address questions in the MPY 
    Center remit. Qualifications for the position include include a PhD in 
    ecology or behavior or a related field, past 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 thematic flexibility and in their application letter 
    candidates should briefly describe their preferred area of activity. 1-2 
    positions are available with a contract length of 2 or 3 years. 
    
    - Spatial Biodiversity Data Scientist. We are seeking a qualified candidate 
    to help oversee the management and analysis of species occurrence 
    information, including movement data. The candidate should ideally have 
    PhD, or a Master’s degree and equivalent experience, in ecology, 
    environmental sciences, or a related field. The successful applicant will 
    work in a team of researchers and informaticians to build, manage, and 
    analyze biodiversity databases. The ideal candidate will be a quick 
    learner, conscientious, and detail oriented. Qualifications include 
    experience in working with geospatial and biodiversity data and the 
    PostgreSQL/PostGIS environment, and python and shell scripting skills. A 
    background in spatial analysis and modelling is welcome. The position is 
    initially for up to five years and may be extended beyond that period. 
    
    The MPY Center supports research and training around the use of new 
    technologies such as GPS tracking and remote sensing to address questions 
    in ecology, behavior, and global change. Flagship Center 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, and Map of Life, an infrastructure 
    integrating global species distribution information for research and 
    conservation. The MPY Center’s research goal is to use individual movement 
    data to address patterns and mechanisms in species distribution, species 
    coexistence, environmental niche associations, animal migrations, and 
    biodiversity change. Open positions, with a target start date of fall 2018, 
    include:
    
    The positions will be based at Yale University with close collaborative 
    links to the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, Radolfzell. The MPY 
    Center will support workshops, training activities and exchanges linking 
    the two locations, and Center postdocs and staff will be expected to engage 
    in these activities. 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 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 cover letter, CV and contact info 
    for three referees to michelle.duong@yale.edu. The final selection process 
    will begin on 20 April 2018. We passionately believe that a diverse team 
    will enable a broader perspective and enhance creativity, and we strongly 
    encourage applications from women and minorities. 


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