The Research Assistant will analyze taxonomically benthic algal samples from Shenandoah River, VA in a study of benthic cyanobacterial HABs. The position is primarily laboratory-based and responsible for quantitative sample laboratory processing and soft-bodied algae identification, enumeration, and data analysis as well as supporting pigment analysis of the samples.


● Experience with algae identifications;

● Knowledge of freshwater algal diversity with a focus on benthic non-diatom algae and cyanobacteria from streams;

● University-level phycology class or algal taxonomy class;

● Coursework related to plant taxonomy, aquatic ecology or limnology;

● Graduate thesis or undergraduate research projects in algal taxonomy, or ecology of benthic freshwater algae.

Desired skills:

● Ability to identify and document freshwater algae accurately;

● Experience in the use of light microscopy and digital microphotography of algal specimens;

● Good record-keeping skills.

The position is open without preference to B.S. and M.S. degree holders, minimum salary is $52,000 plus benefits and will be commensurate with experience. The position is a fixed-term, 12 month position with the possibility of renewal pending external funding, with a desired start date of August-September 2023 or January 2024. The position is at the George Mason University Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center in Woodbridge, VA (

Questions about the position should be directed to [email protected] or [email protected]. To apply, please submit a CV/resume focused on required and desired knowledge and skill, and a letter of interest that includes the names and contact information of two references familiar with the applicants knowledge of algal taxonomy. Letters of reference are not required when you apply, they will be requested later.

Rosalina Stancheva Christova
Assistant Professor
George Mason University Environmental Science & Policy Department
Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Cell phone: 858-231-0506