[MARMAM] CETASMUS 2016 – Internship in North Western Mediterranean Sea – LAST PLACES AVAILABLE

Pao Tepsich paola.tepsich at gmail.com
Wed Mar 23 03:04:50 PDT 2016

CIMA Research Foundation is a private non-profit research organization
aimed at the advancement of science and engineering in environmentally
related fields, focusing on public health and safety, civil protection and
the preservation of terrestrial and water-related ecosystems.

CIMA RF is based in Savona, Italy, and it is seeking
undergraduate/postgraduate students for the CETASMUS PROGRAM 2016. General
details about the CETASMUS program can be found here (

In particular open positions refer to three different projects:

·         ZIPHIUS – this project is focused on the local Cuvier’s beaked
whale population and it foresees surveys in the Ligurian, Corsica and
Tyrrhenian Seas onboard of a dedicated research vessel. Each survey usually
last 3-5 consecutive days. CETAMSUS interns will assist researchers with
data collection, photo-id as well as actively participating in life

·  FERRIES – this project is held in collaboration with a national ferry
company. CETASMUS interns will be on-board of ferries operating between
Italy and Corsica /Sardinia at least twice a week and they will be part of
the Marine Mammal Observer team working on the ferries.

·         WHALE WATCHING – this project is held in collaboration with the
regional consortium of research institutions aiming to collect data aboard
whale watching vessels. Surveys are usually 4-6 hours a day.

Successful applicants will be assigned to *one of the three projects*.

*Because of the training required, applicants must be willing to commit to
the fulltime project for at least 2 months*:  all interns will be trained
in cetacean observation and identification, in line-transect survey
protocols and photo-identification.


- Applicants must be reliable, motivated and team oriented, have a positive
attitude as well as a genuine interest in marine mammal sciences;

- Applicants should possess or be enrolled in a BS or MS course in biology,
environmental sciences or a related major;

- Applicants must be adaptable and patient as fieldwork is highly weather
dependent. This means a lot of data-entry work during bad weather and long
consecutive days in the field when weather permits;

- Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and previous experience with GIS.

- Previous field experience is preferred.

These positions are an excellent opportunity for undergraduate and graduate
students interested in pursuing a career in marine mammal research to
strengthen their skills and above all to gain practical experience in the
field. Preference will be given to students willing to develop a thesis or
a personal project. Topics will be agreed with CIMA Researchers

These are unpaid positions and successful applicants are responsible for
their own transportation expenses to and from Italy and for accommodation in
 Savona during the entire staying.

All costs related to at sea surveys will be covered by CIMA RF

If you are interested in applying for this position, please submit your CV
and a cover letter via email to *paola.tepsich at cimafoundation.org
<paola.tepsich at cimafoundation.org>*

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