JAMAICA, Kingston (2 November 2015) – – Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) is offering five training places on board a research vessel for candidates from developing States, pursuant to the terms of the contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts between JOGMEC and the International Seabed Authority.

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

Members of the Authority are invited to nominate qualified candidates, who must be from developing countries, for the training programme. 

The at-sea training programme is scheduled between May and June in 2016 for a duration of about 40 days: 3 days for the pre-cruise training, 30 days for the at-sea training and 7 days for the post-cruise training.

The objectives of the training programme are for the capacity building of trainees from developing States through on-board works and environmental survey techniques for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts. The goals are to develop planning skills for marine environmental baseline studies, to acquire experience of on-board works and to develop skills for data analysis and interpretation. 

Submission of nominations/application should be in one of the official languages of the Authority in electronic format to: training@isa.org.jm and should be received by 31 December 2015

Nominations must be accompanied by: 
a)    a Nomination Form (docx | pdf completed by the nominating government;
b)    an Application Form (docx | pdfcompleted by the candidate.

The programme will be conducted in collaboration with Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) and be composed of three phases:

  • Pre-cruise training will consist of the planning of research activities and on-board works;
  • At-sea training will include biological, water, sediment sampling, handling and analysis of samples as well as research report writing; and,
  • Post-cruise training will be provided in cooperation with Japanese institutions which are specialized in marine science and technology, with a view to give the trainees more detailed analytical experience of chemical, physical and biological properties for water, sediment and biological samples which are acquired during the research cruise. 

Applicants should meet the following requirement:

  • Hold a graduate degree in science or engineering in the relevant field of marine environment (including marine biology, marine biochemistry and physical oceanography) or have an equivalent education background;
  • Have at least one year of work experience in the relevant field;
  • Have sufficient knowledge of English for daily conversation and training;
  • Have a good mental and physical health, suitable to work at sea;
  • Be less than 45 years of age; and
  • Have seagoing experience (if possible).

The trainees are required to submit reports on the outcome of their training to JOGMEC as well as the Authority, and sign a confidentiality agreement with JOGMEC.

For more details download the JOGMEC Training Proposal and/or visit the ISA webpage for further details.