IfremerTraining 2016

JAMAICA, Kingston (18 November 2016) – –  The French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) is offering two (2) internships for candidates from developing States in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority. 

The two-month long internships will take place at Ifremer’s deep­sea ecosystems studies laboratory in Brest (from mid-May to mid-July 2017).

The specific objectives and activities of the two internships are as follows:

  • The taxonomy internship is dedicated to the identification and DNA-barcoding of specimens belonging to the class Polychaeta from box-core samples of the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone.
  • The habitat internship involves unsupervised and supervised classification of seafloor habitats from high-resolution bathymetry, backscatter imagery and oceanographic data
  • Provide interns with the practical knowledge of deep ocean environmental studies and develop skills in morphological and molecular taxonomy and biostatistics and  habitat mapping.

As a minimum requirement, candidates should hold a Bachelor degree, preferably in natural sciences and should be enrolled in a first Master’s level course (or equivalent) preferably in  marine biology, biology, biodiversity and ecology, molecular biosciences or geobiology. Candidates must also be proficient (both written and spoken) in either French or English. 

lfremer will cover the costs of • International airfares (economy-class return ticket) • Accommodation, local transports in France -if required- and meals for the duration of the training.

Applications should be submitted by email, in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority to training@isa.org.jm by 15 January 2017.

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. 


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