JAMAICA, Kingston (12 February 2016) – –  The Institut français de Recherche pour I’Exploitation de le Mer (Ifremer) is offering five (5) internships for candidates from developing States to participate in a 5-day taxonomy workshop that will be held in Brest, France, from 27 June to the 1 July 2016 as part of the yearly summer schools organized by LabexMER.

The objective of the workshop is to gain experience and learn the basic theoretical and practical skills required to process samples and identify taxa of the benthic meio- and macrofauna (see table below). A session will also be dedicated to the deep-sea fauna associated with the nodule fields.

Skills that will be taught or developed include the taxonomy of the benthic meio- and macrofauna dominant groups, molecular biology applied to barcoding, sampling and preparation protocols of benthic samples.

As a minimum requirement, candidates should hold a Bachelor of Science in marine environment,  or a 3 year technical degree in marine environment or equivalent. A first experience in taxonomy is desirable.

Candidates must also be proficient in either French or English (both written and spoken).

Ifremer will cover the following costs:

•    International airfares (economy class, return ticket);
•    Accommodation, local transports if required and meals for the duration of the workshop.

Submission of application should be in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) in electronic format to training@isa.org.jm and should be received by 15 March 2016.

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.

For further details and forms, please visit the ISA-Ifremer contractor training web page