Ifremer - Contractor Training Programme

2018 NEW 

Ifremer (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) is offering two (2) internships in 2018 as follows: 

I.    Environmental Studies – Mid-May to Mid-July 2018

One (1) internship for candidates of developing states in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority. The internship will take place within the deep-sea ecosystems studies laboratory of Ifremer, in Brest, for a duration of two months (approximately from mid-May to mid-July 2018).

The objective of the internship will be to acquire practical knowledge of deep ocean environmental studies and to develop skills in morphological and molecular taxonomy.  The activities of the internship will include the morphological identification and DNA barcoding of specimens belonging to the class Polychaeta, from box core samples of the Clarion Clipperton Fracture Zone.

As a minimum requirement, candidates should hold a Bachelor's degree-level education (preferably in natural sciences) and should be enrolled in a first Master's level course (or equivalent) in biology, preferably in marine biology, biodiversity and ecology or molecular biosciences.  In addition, candidates must 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 transportation in France, if required and meals for the duration of the training.

One of the Voluntary Commitments made by the ISA at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was Enhancing the role of women in marine scientific research through capacity building and the ISA therefore strongly encourages suitably qualified females to apply for these training opportunities.

Applications should be submitted by email, in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority to training@isa.org.jm by the 22 January 2018 deadline using the following forms:

  1. Application form (docx | pdf) to be completed by the applicant;

  2. Nomination form (docx | pdf)  to be completed by the institution or governmental department.

II.   Environmental studies – May to June 2018

One (1) internship for candidates of developing states in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides with the International Seabed Authority. The internships will take place within the deep-sea ecosystems studies laboratory of Ifremer, in Brest, for a duration of two months (approximately from May to the end of June 2018).

The objective of the internships will be to acquire practical knowledge of deep ocean environmental studies and more specific knowledge on the life cycle of deep-sea species, and to develop skills in population biology, reproductive biology as well as in morphological and molecular taxonomy.  The specific objectives and activities of the internship will be the study of the reproductive characteristics of a vent endemic species, the shrimp Rimicaris exoculata from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. 

Detailed description: Life cycles of deep-sea species remain poorly understood despite the recognition that this knowledge gap is critical to evaluate the resilience of benthic communities facing potential mining impacts. The deep sea shrimp Rimicaris exoculata, widely distributed and very abundant on several hydrothermal vent sites along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, is an interesting model of study to understand some of the key steps  of the life of organisms inhabiting hydrothermal vent ecosystems such as larval dispersal, post larval settlement, reproduction or symbiont acquisition. Recent results in our laboratory suggest seasonal reproduction in this species with specific distribution patterns of sexes and life-stages, perhaps driven by environmental factors. Repeated sampling in 2014, 2017 and 2018 will bring observations for inter-annual comparisons, allowing detailed understanding of reproductive timing, and of the influence of environmental factors on reproduction and colonization by post-larval stages of this species.

The trainee will: 

  • be involved in the analysis of the 2018 samples: (s)he will examine and identify sexes and stages of shrimps based on morphological characteristics, assess fecundity of females, and will also be trained to molecular barcode approaches to identify species of young post­ settlement stages. 
  • learn to identify some important biological traits such as sex or molt stages generally used in ecological studies for decapods crustaceans. 
  • be trained to use the R software, for statistical analysis of data acquired during his internship and data acquired from previous expedition for inter annual comparison.

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

Ifremer will cover the following costs: 

  • International airfares (economy class, return ticket); 

  • Accommodation, local transportation in France, if required and meals for the duration of the training.

One of the Voluntary Commitments made by the ISA at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was Enhancing the role of women in marine scientific research through capacity building and the ISA therefore strongly encourages suitably qualified females to apply for these training opportunities.

Applications should be submitted by email, in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority to training@isa.org.jm by the 22 January 2018 deadline using the following forms:

  1.  Application form (docx | pdf) to be completed by the applicant;

  2. Nomination form (docx | pdf)  to be completed by the institution or governmental department.

Issue Date: 18 December 2017

 


2017 

The French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) is offering training places for candidates of developing States in accordance with its contract for polymetallic sulphides exploration with the International Seabed Authority. The current offers are as follows:

  • Internship Training Programme (two internships; mid May to mid July 2017)  | Closed 

  • At-Sea Training Programme (one at-sea training place; March to May 2017) | Closed

Internship Training Programme 

NEW   UPDATE 16 March 2017  :  Taxonomy Internship

First-ranked:  Muhammad Y. Dosoky (Egypt)
Alternate 1:    Analí Jiménez Campeán (Peru)
Alternate 2:    Rarasrum Dyah Kasitowati  (Indonesia)
Alternate 3:  Stella Ukamaka Ukaonu (Nigeria)

NEW   UPDATE 16 March 2017  :  Habitat Internship

First-ranked:  Alana Jute (Trinidad & Tobago)
Alternate 1:  Mohamed Ahmed Sougueh (Djibouti)
Alternate 2:  Mariana Benites (Brazil)
Alternate 3:  Beth Wangui Waweru (Kenya)

Ifremer is offering two (2) internships to candidates from developing States at its deep-sea ecosystems studies laboratory in Brest for a duration of two  months from around 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 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 transport 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. 

At-Sea Training Programme

NEW   UPDATE 16 March 2017  :  At-Sea Training

First-ranked:  Mr. Bamidele Oresajo (Nigeria)
Alternate 1:    Mr. Marika Ritova (Fiji)
Alternate 2:    Mr. Arthur Essomba (Cameroon)
Alternate 3:    Mr. Miao Yu (China)
Alternat 4:      Ms. Natia Chomakhidze (Georgia)

Ifremer is offering one (1) at-sea training place for candidates of developing States on-board one of it's research vessel.
  
The training will take place between March and May 2017 for a duration of approximately 2 months (durations are indicative only) organised as follows:  2 days pre-cruise (at the port of mobilization); 44 days at-sea training (15th March and 28th April 2017); and 10 days for the post-cruise training in Brest.

The objective of the at-sea training is to provide a practical experience about polymetallic sulphides exploration cruises and activities. As a minimum requirement, candidates should hold a bachelor/master degree of science in the relevant field of geology, geochemistry, geophysics, mineralogy or have an equivalent educational background.  Candidates should also have at least one year of work experience in that relevant field. Candidates must also be proficient in either French or English (both written and spoken).
  
Ifremer will cover the following costs: ● International airfares (economy class, flight from the country of origin to the country of mobilization, flight from the port of demobilization to Brest and flight from Brest to the country of origin); ● Accommodation ● local transport if required and meals for the duration of the training.  

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 16th December 2016.  

Applications must be accompanied by: 

  1. Application form (docx | pdf) to be completed by the applicant;  
  2. Nomination form (docx | pdf) to be completed by the institution or governmental department.

Applications must also include a medical certificate (template) confirming the applicant’s ability to work at sea and to board the exploration cruise.
 



CLOSED (2016)

Update May 2016
The successful candidates are as follows:

First Five Ranked :
Mr. Aristide Sorel Tseng Ngongla (Cameroon);  Mr. Dharmendra Pratap Singh (India); Ms. Lorelie A. Burgos (Philippines); Ms. Anabela Taverna (Argentina); and Ms. Beatriz Eugenia Mejia (Colombia).
Alternates:
 

  1. Ms. Bin Qi Gan (Singapore)
  2. Ms. Juliana Lopes Segadilha (Brazil)
  3. Mr. Abdul-Rahman Dirisu (Nigeria)
  4. Mr. Dongsheng Zhang (China)
  5. Ms. Huong Thi Lan Tu (Vietnam)
  6. Ms. Shagnika Das (India)
  7. Ms. Rachel Bolufe (Cuba)
  8. Mr. Mostafa Mahmoud (Egypt)
  9.  Mr. Shivanagouda Sanagoudra (india)
  10. Mr. Sarvanen Curpen (Mauritius)

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. 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 include:

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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