The SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals Project, in collaboration with the University of Hawaii, is excited to announce applications are open for a 4-month, expenses paid, internship opportunity at the University of Hawai’i at Moana to learn techniques for conducting environment baseline studies and biodiversity evaluation of deep sea manganese nodule ecosystems.
There are two internship positions available to Pacific Island Nationals. The internship will be from late-August to mid-December 2015 at the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, which is one of the world’s leading institutions in oceanographic research, with particular expertise in deep-sea environmental studies.
The interns will work in the laboratory of Dr Craig Smith, an international expert in marine benthic ecology, and will learn techniques for the study of biodiversity in deep seafloor ecosystems. In particular, the interns will analyze macrofaunal samples and megafaunal photo surveys taken in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone in the East Pacific during baseline studies for evaluating the potential impacts of deep-sea nodule mining (www.abyssline.blogspot.com - a blog of the research cruise currently collecting these samples).
The interns will also take a graduate course Deep-Sea Biology, taught by Dr Craig Smith and Dr Jeff Drazen, where they will learn about biology and ecology of deep-sea organisms and communities. Topics include bentho-pelagic coupling, depth zonation, energetics, diversity, adaptations, hydrothermal vents, seamounts, abyssal plains, deep-sea resource extraction and global climate change.
The SPC-EU DSM Project will provide funding for flights, visas, tuition, accommodation, meals and incidentals equating to ~$15,000 USD per intern.
Keen enthusiasm to learn about the deep sea environments.
Citizenship from DSM Project Country (P-ACP State).
Bachelor of Science degree (marine biology, ecology, zoology, or related field).
Course work or experience in invertebrate zoology.
Exceptional English language skills (speaking, reading, writing).
A current passport valid until June 2016.
Meet the requirements for obtaining a USA visa.
The successful applicant with be decided upon by the SPC-EU DSM Project and the University of Hawai‘i, and subject to approval by the applicant’s Department of Foreign Affairs.
More information on the SPC-EU Deep Sea Minerals Project and University of Hawai‘i, please visit these websites: