Deep Ocean Resources Development Co Ltd | Japan


UPDATE :(13 July 2018) The following candidates have been selected:

 Name  Gender  Country of Origin
First Ranked Candidate    
 1. Francisco Ponce-Núñez  Male  Mexico
 2. Shahtaj Karim  Female  Bangladesh
 3. Augustin Didier Pepogo Man-Mvele  Male  Cameroon
 4. Marika Ritova  Male  Fiji
 5. Juan Pablo Ormazabal  Male  Argentina
 1. Ajibola Oyebamiji  Male  Nigeria
 2. Adam N. B. Purnomo  Male  Indonesia
 3. Mohamed Elsaied  Male  Egypt
 4. Rajib Saha  Male  Bangladesh

Deep Ocean Resources Development Co., Ltd. (DORD), in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority, is offering five (5) At-Sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2019 training programme.  

The objective of the training is to expose trainees to onboard skills and geophysical technique for the exploration of deep-sea mineral resources. The goals of the programme are to improve upon planning skills for marine survey; to acquire onboard survey techniques; and to enhance data analysis and interpretation skills. 

Contents of the Training Programme 

The programme is planned for between July and August 2019 for a duration of 40 days, and will be conducted in two phases:  

Phase 1: At-sea training onboard the Research Vessel “Hakurei” for a 15-day cruise survey. Training will include marine seismic reflection survey, marine geological survey using magnetometer and gravimeter, and marine geological mapping, as well as practical training on exploration technology of marine mineral resources. 

Phase 2: Post-cruise training for 25 days which will include tours of the facilities that are related to marine resource development, such as marine geology and seabed mineral resources, as well as lectures by the experts in various field related to marine resource development. 
General Qualification of candidates 

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Education: A Bachelor or Master’s degree in science or engineering in the relevant field of geology, geophysics, resource geology, economic geology, oceanography or have an equivalent educational background;

  2. Professional Experience: At least one year work experience in the relevant field;

  3. Language: Have sufficient knowledge of English for daily conversation and training;

  4. Health: Good mental and physical health, suitable to work at sea;

  5. Age: Under 45 years of age; 

  6. Other: Seagoing experience (optional).


DORD will pay for a round-trip airline ticket (economy class), provide local travel, meals and accommodation in Japan and on-board the vessel within the scope of the training programme, as well as travel insurance with medical coverage. 

Trainees will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with DORD as well as submit reports on the outcome of their training to DORD and the Authority. 

Applications should be submitted by email, in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority to by the 22 June 2018 deadline.

Applications can be submitted using the online training portal or via the forms below. For users applying through the online portal, remember to upload a copy of  your passport photo, the signed nomination form, degree/certificate and résumé.

Applications must be accompanied by:

a)    Application form ( docx | pdf ) to be completed by the applicant;
b)    Nomination form ( docx | pdf ) to be completed by the institution or governmental department; 
c)    Copy of degree certificate;
d)    Proof of sufficient knowledge of English;
e)    Copy of CV or Résumé; 
f)     If selected for this training, a copy of valid medical certificate. 

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