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Call Closed: Training Through Research Surveys 2014

Call Closed: Training Through Research Surveys TTRS 2014 Programme

TTRS provides exciting opportunities for graduate and postgraduate students and researchers of marine science and technologies researchers to gain seagoing experience on a range of research cruises onboard the RV Celtic Explorer. This programme is designed to provide mentored training for emerging marine scientists on surveys taking place off the western seaboard of Ireland and ranging as far as Newfoundland. 

The Training through Research Surveys (TTRS) scheme is a collaboration between SMART and the Marine Institute that aims to increase national capacity in marine research and data collection by increasing the skills base of graduate and postgraduate students of marine related sciences through participation in research surveys on-board the RV Celtic Explorer. 

If this sounds like an opportunity to develop your skills, add to your existing seagoing experience and network with established professionals in your chosen discipline please see below the schedule of research cruises that we have secured berths on.  We hope to add further surveys to the list as the year progresses. 

CE14004 West of Ireland Coring Programme, UCC and partners, 6th to 18th of March (call closed)

CE14006 Atlantic Transect Westbound , Memorial University Newfoundland, 12th to 22nd of April (call closed)

CE14008 Ocean Climate Sections and Geology, Marine Institute, 23rd of May to 4th of June (call closed)

CE14010 North West Herring Acoustic Survey, Marine Institute, 22nd of June and the 12th of July (call closed)

CE14014 Monitoring of Acoustic Noise from Seismic Surveys, NUIG, 17th to 23rd of September (call closed)

Please note that current ENG 11 medical certification and Personal Survival Techniques Certificates (STCW95) must be presented to the chief officer for inspection on the day of embarkation.  

For further information on certificates required to join Irish Research Vessels please refer to the following documents:

Required Seafaring Certificates

ENG11 Approved Doctors in Ireland, May 2007

PST (STCW95) Approved Training Course Providers

Guidelines for and checklists for survey participants on the RV Celtic Explorer are as follows:

Celtic Explorer Vessel User Guidelines 2013

Survey Checklist

Participation in all TTRS research surveys is subject to permission of the chief scientist. SMART is grateful to the chief scientists and their survey partners for providing berths to the TTRS programme.

N.B Survey descriptions are indicative and subject to alteration at the chief scientists discretion.

 

 

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Call Now Closed: Marine Institute Irish Groundfish Survey Legs 1-4, Sept to Dec 2013

This very extensive survey takes place over four legs between September and December on board the national research vessel, the Celtic Explorer. Survey data provides important insights on the recruitment trends and the ecosystem status of Irish and European demersal fish stocks. 

For opportunities to join this survey follow this link.

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Call Now Closed: Mackerel and Horse Mackerel Egg Survey: Second Leg

An opportunity to participate in the second leg of the Marine Institute’s Mackerel and Horse Mackerel egg survey from Brittany to the Hebrides is being offered through SMART’s Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS) scheme. Brendan O’Hea  will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute along a series of transects deploying a Gulf V11 plankton sampler and pelagic trawl to sample eggs, larvae and mackerel in the water column. CTD casts will provide hydrographical resolution to the fisheries and larval data sets collected.  Embarkation and disembarkation will be from Galway on the 13th of July and the 2nd of August respectively. 

This 21 day survey will appeal to postgraduate students with a research interest in themes associated with fisheries biology, oceanography and marine megafauna. Applicants should consider down time on the survey as an opportunity to progress written and data aspects of their research.   Proposals for data collection that can be accommodated without interruption to the survey plan will also be considered.

ICES reports on Mackerel and Horse Mackerel Egg Surveys can be accessed at: http://www.ices.dk/community/groups/Pages/WGMEGS.aspx

Applicants must have prior seagoing experience, PST Sea-survival certification (STCW95), a valid ENG11 medical certificate and passport. This call will close on Wednesday the 3rd of July at 1pm.

Applications may be completed online at:

http://smartseaschool.wufoo.eu/forms/ttrs-application-form/

Further queries should be addressed to smart@gmit.ie

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Call Now Closed: Marine Institute North West Herring Acoustic Survey

An opportunity to participate in the Marine Institute’s North West Herring Acoustic Survey off the west coasts of Ireland and Scotland is now being offered as part of SMART’s Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS) scheme. Dr Cormac Nolan will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute along a series of  acoustic transects deploying a pelagic trawl to ground truth herring and other pelagic traces.   Other sampling opportunities will exist through the vessels underway system and regular CTD deployments. 

Embarkation and disembarkation will be from Galway on the 22nd of June and the 12th of July respectively. 

This 21 day multidisciplinary survey will appeal to a postgraduate or advanced undergraduate student with a confirmed interest in one or more of the following themes: fisheries science, acoustics, and marine mega fauna.  Proposals for data collection that can be accommodated within survey operations are welcome. 

Applicants must have PST Sea-survival certification (STCW95), an up to date ENG11 medical certificate and relevant seagoing experience. This call closes on Wednesday 12th June at 1pm.

Applications may be completed online at: http://smartseaschool.wufoo.eu/forms/training-through-research-surveys/

The 2012 survey report can be downloaded at: http://oar.marine.ie/handle/10793/821

Further enquiries should be addressed to: smart@gmit.ie.

The Training through Research Surveys (TTRS) scheme is a joint venture between SMART and the Marine Institute that aims to increase national capacity in the marine sector by providing opportunities for students to participate in research surveys on-board the RV Celtic Explorer.

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For further information on certificates required to join Irish Research Vessels please refer to the following documents:

Required Seafaring Certificates

ENG11 Approved Doctors in Ireland, May 2007

PST (STCW95) Approved Training Course Providers

Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources' Marine Notice No. 30.

Guidelines for and checklists for survey participants on the RV Celtic Explorer are as follows:

Celtic Explorer Vessel User Guidelines 2013

Survey Checklist

Please check back for upcoming survey calls or if you have any queries please contact us at smart@gmit.ie.

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Call Now Closed: Galway-Newfoundland Atlantic Transects

Marine Institute, Ireland and Memorial University, Newfoundland

An exciting opportunity exists for a postgraduate student with relevant sea-going experience to participate in data collection on the Atlantic transits of the RV Celtic Explorer to and/or from St. John’s, Newfoundland. The Celtic Explorer will travel to St. John’s, Canada, for the annual acoustic fisheries survey for the Centre for Fisheries and Ecosystem research of the Marine Institute of Memorial University, Newfoundland, which is led by Dr. George Rose. The survey will focus on cod and capelin research using acoustic sampling techniques.

The outward transit (Leg 1) will leave Galway on the 15th April and is scheduled to arrive in St. John’s on the 24th April 2013.  Survey activities on the outward transit will focus on XBT and CTD deployments, Acoustic surveying and associated trawling, marine mammal and megafauna observations and the deployment of a deep water lander west of the Porcupine Bank. Underway sub-surface water sampling is also possible.

The return transit (Leg 3) will leave St. John’s on the 22nd May and finishes in Galway on the 29th of May. Data collection will be restricted to marine mammal and megafauna observations and data/water sample collection from the vessels underway system.  

Interested postgraduate researchers should apply by sending a letter of application outlining their interest, potential research activities and sea going experience and a copy of their CV to smart@gmit.ie. Please note applicants may apply for one or both legs but are required to arrange and fund their own travel and accommodation.This call will close on Wednesday 20th March at 17:00hrs.

Please note applicants must have valid ENG 11 medical certification, STCW 95 Personal Survival Techniques (PST) certification and a valid passport.

If you have any queries please contact us on smart@gmit.ie. For information and images of the 2011 RV Celtic Explorer survey in Newfoundland please visit http://scientistsatsea.blogspot.ie/2011/02/rv-celtic-explorer-newfoundland.html

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Call Now Closed: Marine Institute Mackerel Egg Survey

An opportunity to participate in the Marine Institute’s Mackerel and Horse Mackerel egg survey from the Bay of Biscay to the south coast of Ireland is being offered as part of SMART’s Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS) scheme. Mr Brendan O’Hea will lead an experienced team of biologists from the Marine Institute along a series of transects deploying a Gulf V11 plankton sampler and pelagic trawl to sample eggs, larvae and mackerel in the water column. 

Embarkation and disembarkation will be from Cork on the 18th of February and the 10th of March respectively. 

At 21 days in length this survey is an opportunity for postgraduate students with a confirmed interest in fisheries biology and zooplankton.  Consideration will also be given to cetacean and megafauna biologists with a well defined data collection agenda.  

Applicants must have PST Sea-survival certification (STCW95) and an up to date ENG11 medical certificate. This call closes on Friday 8th February 2012 at 1pm.

To apply please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining your interest in participation and sea going experience to smart@gmit.ie.

Please note that travel and accommodation expenses will be funded by SMART.

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Call Now Closed: UCC Celtic Sea Geotechnical Survey

An opportunity to participate in a geotechnical survey along the south coast of Ireland is being offered as part of SMART’s Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS) scheme. The survey is led by Dr Andy Wheeler of University College Cork and will investigate the stratigraphy of the seabed along a series of transects between Dungarvan and Carnsore. Survey operations will include Sub-bottom Profiling with a Seismic Sparker System, Vibrocoring, and Sediment Grabs. Data acquired will provide greater resolution on sediment stratigraphy and transport in the Celtic Sea with applying for marine renewables and marine resource development.

The survey will take place from 12th to 17th of February 2013 onboard the RV Celtic Explorer. Participants will embark in Dublin with disembarkation at Cork.

This opportunity is especially relevant to postgraduate students with an interest in marine geology and geophysics, particularly those seeking offshore experience and opportunities for data collection. Students are required to have PST Sea-survival certification (STCW95) and an up to date ENG11 medical certificate. This call closes on Friday 1st February 2012 at 1pm. To apply please send a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining your interest to smart@gmit.ie.

Please note that travel and accommodation expenses will be funded by SMART.

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Call Now Closed: Marine Institute Deep Sea Oceanographic Survey

A fantastic opportunity to participate in a deep-sea oceanographic research survey has arisen as part of the Marine Institute and Smart Sea School’s Training Through Research scheme. The survey will take place from 5th to 19th Jan 2013 onboard the RV Celtic Explorer and will consist of two legs: 5 -10th and 11-19th Jan 2013. Survey operations include CTD and Glider work along with Met Buoy maintenance and deployments at the Porcupine Abyssal Plain (PAP) Site http://www.noc.soton.ac.uk/pap.

This opportunity is especially relevant to postgraduate students in science and technology seeking offshore experience and opportunities for date collection. Students are required to have PST Sea-survival certification (STCW95) and an up to date ENG11 medical certificate. This call closes on Thursday 20th December 2012 at 5pm. If you are interested in applying please forward a copy of your CV and a cover letter outlining why you wish to participate to smart@gmit.ie.

Continental Shelf off the west coast of Ireland