COMRA Training Programmes

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China Ocean Mineral Resources R & D Association (COMRA), in accordance with its contract for exploration for polymetallic sulphides signed with the Authority on 18 November 2011, is offering six (6) at-sea training places to candidates from developing States. Four (4) candidates with geological/geophysical background and two (2) with biological/ environmental background will be selected.

The exploration cruise is schedule to take place on board R/V Dayang Yihao from February to May 2019 for approximately 30 days in COMRA’s contract area in the southwest Indian Ridge. The training will focus on the survey of mineral resources and environmental baseline. The main content of the programme will include geological and biological sampling, geophysical survey and the collection of environmental baseline data.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Education: Bachelor degree (or higher) in geology, geophysics, biology, other relevant ocean sciences or an equivalent educational background;
  2. Language: a sound knowledge of English attested by a certificate;
  3. Health: good physical and mental health, suitable to work at sea;
  4. Age: must be under 45 years of age;
  5. Recommended: seagoing experience (seaworthy)

If selected, trainees will be required to submit a physical examination report signed by a licensed physician, stating that the trainee is physically and mentally fit to participate in the at-sea training.

All trainees must sign a confidentiality agreement with COMRA and submit reports on the outcome of their training to COMRA and the Authority. Trainees, upon completion of their training will receive certificate from COMRA.

COMRA will cover the relevant costs for the trainees including: international airfares (round-trip tickets, economy class); Accommodation and meals on board; allowance; and medical insurance.

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”(#OceanAction15467). We therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified women to apply for these training opportunities.

Applications should be submitted by email, in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority to  by the 19 September 2018 deadline either through:

  • the online training portal.  Users applying through the online portal (see above), must remember to upload a copy of a passport photo, the signed nomination form indicating preference for either the geological or biological programme, degree/certificate and résumé;     OR
  • via email, in one of the official languages of the Authority, to using the forms below.

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;
c)    Copy of certificate of degree;
d)    Proof of sufficient knowledge of English
e)    Copy of CV or Résumé

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