China Ocean Mineral Resources Research and Development Association (COMRA) is offering 5 opportunities for its At-Sea Training Programme to candidates from developing countries as part of its July-September 2016 training programme.

The training programme is in accordance with the contract for exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts that COMRA has signed with the ISA in April 2014. 

COMRA will provide international tickets (economy class), local accommodation and travel as well as medical insurance.  

The 5 trainees will be attached to the “HAI YANG LIU HAO” research vessel and will be divided into three groups on one leg of the cruise. Two trainees will undertake geological survey methods and samples processing technology with two doing environmental survey methods and samples processing technology, and one doing geophysical survey methods. 

Candidates should hold either a bachelor’s or master’s degree in geology, geophysics, marine environment (including biology or ecology), or have a similar educational background. Experienced young scientists and marine managers shall have priority for admission. 

Submission of nominations should be in one of the official languages of the Authority in electronic format to: and should be received by 20 December 2015

Candidates should also meet the following requirements:

  • Be less than 45 years of age;
  • Possess good written and spoken English skills;
  • Be in good mental and physical health, suitable for working at sea, and pass the local physical examination;
  • Possess certain scientific research ability or marine management ability.

 Nominating governments should also give assurance that:

  • All information supplied by the candidate is complete and correct;
  • The candidate will be made available at the time and for the period required for the training;    
  • The candidate will be placed on leave of absence with pay for the duration of the period of the training (if applicable);
  • Upon successful completion of the training, the candidate will be appropriately employed in their professional capacity or in a related field; 
  • The International Seabed Authority accepts no responsibility for the medical and life insurance of the trainee or costs and any other responsibilities arising from injury, illness or death that may occur to the trainee during the training period.

Nominations must be accompanied by: 
a)    a Nomination Form [ docx | pdf ] completed by the nominating government or institution;
b)    an Application Form [ docx | pdf ] completed by the candidate.