Expert Deployment opportunity with Cook Islands Investment Corporation


Cook Islands Investment Corporation (CIIC), in collaboration with the International Seabed Authority (ISA), is pleased to announce two exciting new opportunities for professionals in the fields of physical and chemical oceanography from developing states. This initiative is part of CIIC’s commitment to enhancing technical capacity and fostering international cooperation in the exploration of polymetallic nodules.

The ISA National Expert Deployment Programme is designed to strengthen the technical expertise of professionals from developing states in activities related to the exploration and management of resources in the international seabed area. Under this programme, CIIC is Offering one Expert Deployment Opportunity in Chemical Oceanography and one Expert Deployment Opportunity in Physical Oceanography Partnership for the year 2024.

The selected candidates will have the opportunity to work closely with the  Environmental Coordinator at the ISA Secretariat, contributing to the review and analysis of physical oceanography data and chemical oceanography data related to deep-seabed exploration. Key responsibilities will include compiling and synthesizing data from various sources, analysing data for environmental assessment, and identifying methodologies for data analysis.

Applicants must meet specific eligibility criteria, including being full-time employees of a releasing organization, holding an advanced degree in physical oceanography or a related field, and demonstrating proficiency in English and data analysis techniques. Preference will be given to government officials from developing countries who are members of the ISA.

CIIC will cover all relevant costs associated with the deployment, including visa fees, flights, and a monthly living stipend. Successful candidates will receive a certificate from ISA upon completion of the programme.

In line with CIIC’s commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women in marine scientific research, 50% of the training opportunities will be allocated to qualified women applicants.

Interested candidates are invited to apply through the ISA Contractor Training Programme Application Portal by the deadline of 31st March 2024.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Expert Deployment (chemical oceanography) ISA CTP Application Portal:

Expert Deployment (physical oceanography) ISA CTP Application Portal:

CIIC is also offering access to a two to three-month internship at Global Sea Mineral Resources (GSR) in Antwerp, Belgium with access to the GSR/DEME Research laboratory. This training has been advertised since early January 2024.

Under the internship, a comparative study will be carried out in relation to physical properties of polymetallic nodules sampled in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone and National Waters of the Cook Islands.

Analyses will consist of geotechnical and geological tests to better define their physical properties, with a particular focus on water content, density and porosity and will highlight physical variations from both types of nodules. A desk study and bibliography research will also be required, as the final results will be compiled in a report.

The internship will span approximately eight to 12 weeks from September to October 2024. Exact dates and duration of the internship will be determined by the selected candidate, CIIC and GSR.

Applications close on 29 March 2024. For more information go to:

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