Applications for two at-sea training opportunities with MOF-KOREA (CFC)

Deadline: 20220731

Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea

The manual application forms for training have been phased out. All applications should be completed using the web form. Applicants are required to use the online portal to submit applications together with a copy of your passport photo, the signed nomination form indicating preference for either the geological or environmental programme, degree/certificate and résumé.



Issue Date: 30 May 2022

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries of the Republic of Korea (MOF-ROK), in accordance with the contract for the exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts signed with ISA on 27 March 2018, is offering two (2) at-sea on-board training placements to candidates from developing States under its revised 2022 training programme.

The cruise will be organized by Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) within the MOF-ROK contract area in the western Pacific Ocean. It will take place on-board the R/V Isabu with a focus on geological and geophysical survey. The scheduled date for the cruise is from 30 November to 24 December 2022 (dates are subject to change due to pandemic situation and candidates will be provided with as much prior notice as possible).

The at-sea training will focus on i) geophysical survey such as acquisition and processing of seafloor acoustic data (bathymetry and acoustic intensity) using deep-towed side scan sonar or ii) geological survey using piston corer, multiple corer, box corer, dredge, etc., and geological data analyses.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

1. Education: a qualified bachelor or master’s degree in the field of marine geophysics or marine geology, or an equivalent educational background;

2. Language: sufficient knowledge of English attested by a certificate as required;

3. Health: proof of being in good mental and physical health;

4. Age: must be under 45 years of age.

5. If selected, the trainee will be required to submit a physical examination report, signed by licensed physician, stating that the trainee is physically fit for a month-long on-board training.

Trainees must sign a confidentiality agreement with MOF-ROK and will receive certificates upon successful completion of the training. A report on the outcome of the training is also to be submitted to MOF-ROK and to ISA.

MOF-ROK will cover all the relevant costs including: i) transportation costs (round-trip economy class) accrued by trainees pursuant to their participation in the internship programme; ii) accommodations and meals; iii) medical insurance; and iv) other incidental expenses that might arise during the training period.

Applications should be submitted not later than 31 July 2022 either through:

(i)     The online training portal.  Users applying through the online portal, must upload a copy of a passport photo, the signed nomination, degree / certificates and résumé; or

(ii)    Email, in one of the two working languages (English or French) of ISA Secretariat, to using the correct forms below.

  • Application form (docx pdf) to be completed by the applicant;
  • Nomination form (docx pdf) to be completed by the institution or governmental department;
  • Copy of Degree and other relevant Certificates;
  • Proof of English;
  • Copy of CV or Résumé.

One of the Voluntary Commitments that the ISA made at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was ‘Enhancing the role of Women in Deep-Sea Research through Capacity Building’ – we therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified female to apply for these training opportunities.