Call for Outreach Officers: Expedition 405

JTRACK: Tracking Tsunamigenic Slip Across the Japan Trench

The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC) & the Institute for Marine-Earth Exploration and Engineering (MarE3) are preparing to implement IODP Expedition 405, beginning on 6 September, 2024.

Find out more about the Expedition in the Full 405 Outreach Call.

Call for Outreach Officers

MarE3 is making an open call for Outreach Officers to take part in the expedition. We seek enthusiastic artists, videographers, teachers, media specialists, journalists, researchers, etc. with skills in storytelling, infographics, animation, photography, video production, podcasting, and other media. A background in Earth Science would be beneficial but is not required.

The successful applicants will have an interest in developing an outreach project about and aboard D/V Chikyu during the scientific ocean drilling expedition. They will work and learn alongside a team of international scientists and technicians aboard Chikyu for a period of 1–2 weeks during the expedition.

Outreach Officers will need to be creative, flexible, friendly, and collaborative. The Outreach officers will operate under the Expedition Co-Chief Scientists (CCs), Expedition Project Managers (EPMs), and MarE3.

Outreach Officers should create a plan(s) that will promote:

  • Scientific Ocean Drilling (SOD)
  • SOD data use (by researchers, students, and the interested public)
  • understanding of the drivers and barriers to international cooperative research
  • DV Chikyu and other SOD platforms
  • interest from the general public in natural hazard research
  • Earth Science & STEM learning
  • fresh approaches to guiding, assisting and improving the engagement between scientists and a wide range of stakeholders.

How to apply 

Applications are via our SmartGrants platform and must be submitted by Saturday 15 June, 2024.

You will need to include:

  • CV
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Contact information for Referees
  • One-page proposed outreach plan that aligns with at least 3 of the concepts listed under the plan, above.
  • Include any request for funding from ANZIC for post-cruise expenses, up to $20,000, or indicate if you have outside funding support for your proposal.

Outreach Officer Routine

The Outreach Officers will obey all rules and regulations and code of conduct aboard DV Chikyu. The Outreach Officers work closely with the expedition scientists, and report to the CCs and EPMs. Regular updates on project progress and milestones will be shared with them and with MarE3. All materials and outcomes will be held under the copyright of JAMSTEC/IODP, and will require a release from MarE3 before being made public.

Pre-expedition requirements

The Science Party members and Outreach Officers will embark and disembark by helicopter, requiring OPITO-approved Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) certification for all onboard personnel.

For further information, please contact the ANZIC Program Manager, Sarah Kachovich: