MOOSE-GE2019 Shipboard Training Fellowship - Leg 1

General Information

7 Jun 2019 to 20 Jun 2019

MOOSE (Mediterranean Ocean Observing System for the Environment, http://www.moose-network.fr/) is the French component of the Mediterranean ocean observing system. It covers the North-Western Mediterranean basin with an overall objective to observe the Mediterranean sea long-term evolution in the context of climate change and anthropogenic forcing. It relies on a multi-site and multi-platform observing network which delivers appropriate open data and information to the main European data portals, for marine research and public policies like the MSFD. One of the main MOOSE component is the annual MOOSE-GE ("Grande Echelle") oceanographic cruise.

MOOSE-GE is designed to measure essential ocean variables on the water column at the basin scale, to maintain several coastal and deep moorings as well as the ODAS buoys from MeteoFrance, and to deploy/recover autonomous platforms (profiling floats, gliders). The MOOSE-GE cruise usually takes place in late Spring or early Summer on one of the ocean class vessels from the French Oceanographic Fleet. It starts from Toulon (France) and lasts for about one month divided in two legs. About 150 hydrological stations are carried out to collect most of the GOOS Essential Ocean Variables and also more advanced variables like 'omics' and large particles and plankton imagery.

The MOOSE-GE cruises are also hosting an important teaching activity. Bachelor and master students participate to the cruise as a practical work of their academic cursus. This teaching includes daily lessons and scientific seminars in English and is evaluated by a personal research project made on board by groups of students supervised by experienced professors and researchers in oceanography for the national research council and French universities. Read more on http://www.medship.org/doku.php/formation

Priority areas

MOOSE-GE is designed to measure essential ocean variables on the water column at the basin scale, to maintain several coastal and deep moorings as well as the ODAS buoys from MeteoFrance, and to deploy/recover autonomous platforms (profiling floats, gliders). About 150 hydrological stations are carried out to collect most of the GOOS Essential Ocean Variables and also more advanced variables like 'omics' and large particles and plankton imagery.

What is offered

During this training on board, students will :

  • discover the sciences of the sea through experience and acquire a first multidisciplinary understanding of oceanic phenomena, in physics, biogeochemistry and biology,
  • to discover the methods of observation and data analysis as well as the operation of major ocean observing programs,
  • and gain first-hand experience, or deepen your experience, by participating in the various experiments conducted on board by MOOSE researchers.

The program on board for batchelor and and master degree (M1) students is the following :

  • participation to the scientific shifts of the MOOSE “Grande Echelle” campaign, in particular the CTD shilf which include the data acquisition and the water sampling at the “rosette”,
  • attendance to the seminars given by the researchers and engineers who lead the cruise,
  • working on a mini-project which is presented by a poster at the end of the cruise. Subjects of these mini-projects should use the data collected during MOOSE-GE cruises, including the current one.

All teaching and seminars are conducted in English.  However, as French is widely used on board, a working knowledge of French would be an advantage.

Application

Who can apply

This fellowship program is open to early career scientists, technicians, postgraduate students (PhD or MSc) and Post-doctoral Fellows involved in oceanographic work at centres in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

For a list of currently eligible countries, visit this page on the OECD website.

How to apply

Due to time contraints, this fellowship is closed for general applications.

Review process

Representatives from POGO and the host institution are currently reviewing all applications received for the 2019 Open Call prior to 1 April 2019, in order to draw up a shortlist of potential fellows.

In their decision-making, the Selection Committee will consider the following points:

  1. Quality of the application;
  2. Curriculum of the applicant;
  3. Evidence that the training will lead to capacity-building with potential lasting impact on regional observations.

Candidates will be contacted if they are considered to be suitable matches for this shipboard fellowship opportunity.  

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