MOF-ROK Training Opportunities

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, Republic of Korea (MOF-ROK) in accordance with the contract for the exploration for polymetallic nodules with the International Seabed Authority, is offering three (3) training places to candidates from developing States under its 2019 training programme as follows:

  • Two (2) at-sea, on-board training places in the fields of environmental baseline survey. The cruise will be organized by the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology (KIOST) and is planned between March and April 2019 for approximately 30 days with “R/V Kilo Moana” operated by the University of Hawaii. The survey will be focused on geological and biological sampling and the collection of environmental baseline data in the Korean Contract Area for polymetallic nodules.
  • One (1) year-long internship placement for a candidate in the field of UNCLOS with an emphasis on deep seabed mining. The internship programme will provide an opportunity for a candidate to work closely with the science and policy team at KIOST for one year beginning in 2019.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Education: A qualified bachelor or master’s degree in the field of ocean science and biology for the at-sea training; and  UNCLOS for the internship programme; or an equivalent educational background;
  2. Language: sufficient knowledge of English for daily conversion and training;
  3. Good mental and physical health suitable to work at sea;
  4. Age: must be under 45 years of age.

If selected, the selected trainees will be required to submit a physical examination report, signed by licensed physician, stating that the trainee is physically fit to participate in the exploration cruise.

Trainees shall sign a confidentiality agreement with the Contractor and will receive certificates on completion of the training. A report on the outcome of the training is also to be submitted to the Contractor and to the Authority.

MOF will cover all the relevant costs including: ♦ transportation costs accrued by trainees pursuant to their participation in the exploration cruise and internship♦ accommodations and meals on board and on land ♦ medical insurance♦ and other incidental expenses that might arise during the training period.

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” – we therefore strongly encourage 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 by the 30 November 2018 deadline.

Applications must be accompanied with the following:

1.   APPLICATION FORMS  [ At Sea Training:  docx | pdf  /  Internship: docx | pdf ]  to be completed by the applicant;
2.   NOMINATION FORM ( docx | pdf ) to be completed by the institution or governmental department;
3.    Copy of certificate of degree;
4.    CV or Résumé; and
5.    Proof of sufficient knowledge of English