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Call Closed: New Surveys Added: Training Through Research Surveys 2019

The 2019 call for applicants to take part in Training Through Research Surveys (TTRS)  is now open.  TTRS is a collaboration with the Marine Institute that increases national capacity in offshore marine research by offering training and mentoring for students of marine related sciences and technologies on research surveys on the national RVs, Celtic Explorer and RV Celtic Voyager.

Placements are geared towards marine oriented graduates, postgraduate students and early stage researchers from higher education institutes and research agencies across the Island of Ireland.  Joining a TTRS survey is an opportunity to gain offshore experience, develop new skills and learn on the job with established research scientists and research leaders.

2019 TTRS Surveys

If TTRS sounds like an opportunity to develop your skills, add to your existing seagoing experience and network with established professionals in your chosen discipline please follow the links below for survey details.                                                                   

Advantages of Participating in TTRS

  • Gain seagoing experience
  • Join and participate a team of experienced marine scientists on a dedicated research survey
  • Contribute to the surveys goals
  • Learn multidisciplinary and topic specific field skills and competencies
  • Establish new professional contacts and extend networks


Applications are invited from graduates, postgraduate and early stage researchers from Higher Education Institutes and Research Agencies across the Island of Ireland.

To apply to join a TTRS survey please complete the online application form here.

To read previous participant's experience of TTRS please visit the SMART blog.


  • Applicants should be marine oriented graduates, postgraduate students or researchers.
  • A current ENG11 medical certificate and Personal Survival Techniques (PST) certify. (STCW95).
  • Applicants should have some prior sea going experience.

Please note ENG11 medical certificates must be renewed every two years and PST certification renewed every five years.

Information on obtaining medical and sea-survival certificates, and check lists for scientists embarking on national research vessels are available at this link.

Further Information

For further information about any aspect of the programme please contact

Read participant's blogs at

TTRS Surveys are supported by the Marine Institute.  Grant-aided shiptime is carried out under the Strategic Marine Research & Innovation Agenda of the Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland (Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth) under the Marine Research sub-programme of the Irish Government.  Participation in surveys is by agreement with the survey Chief Scientist.