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The Gedan Lab is searching for a full-time research assistant to join their lab in summer 2020 to assist in the set-up, maintenance, and break down of wetland plant ecology field experiments and vegetation monitoring campaigns. Many of the research projects are affiliated with the Virginia Coast Reserve LTER site. The research assistant will help in other stages of research: developing protocols, managing data, and processing plant and soil samples in the laboratory. The research assistant will prepare and run carbon and nitrogen analyses of plant tissue samples in the lab.

Requirements: Fieldwork can be physically taxing. Applicants must be able to hike to field sites, spend hours in hot and buggy conditions, and lift up to 50 lbs. Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in ecology or a related science. Applicants must have a valid driver’s license for travel to field sites. Plant research experience is preferred, although training will be provided in plant identification and ecological and analytical methods. Please describe relevant experience in your cover letter. Funding is available for 1 year with a competitive salary and benefits package. To apply to this opportunity, please go to: http://www.gwu.jobs/postings/74983.


The Gedan Lab at The George Washington University investigates the response of coastal and marine species and ecosystems to global changes in climate, sea level, nutrient availability, and invasive species. We focus on conservation-priority, shallow, marine ecosystems, especially tidal marsh. We are interested in marsh migration and the conversion of natural and human-dominated uplands, as well as the novel ecosystems and interactions occurring in transitioning coastal areas. Established field sites are in the estuaries and coastal bays of the Mid-Atlantic, including the Virginia Coast Reserve, an NSF Long Term Ecological Research site. The lab is located in GWU’s interdisciplinary science building in downtown Washington, DC, across the street from the Foggy Bottom Metro station.

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.