Welcome to the Deep Ocean Early-career Researchers (DOERs) Professional Development Program!

The DOERs program is a collaborative early career mentoring program designed to bring together early-career researchers from across the global deep-sea community. It seeks to foster a new generation of leadership that is capable of guiding future deep-ocean observing and research.

The DOERs represent a diverse, inclusive, cross-disciplinary, international cohort of early-career researchers (graduate students through 10 years post Ph.D.).

The program will run from Jan 2022 to Oct 2025 with quarterly, virtual trainings (2 hours), online peer-to-peer networking, and other opportunities.

DOOS is a GOOS Project and UN Ocean Decade endorsed program. Funding for the DOERs program comes from the iDOOS project supported by the US National Science Foundation.

About the Program

A central component of iDOOS is the professional development of early-career researchers from around the world and to promote and solidify these individuals as leaders of the network of networks.

The DOERs virtual professional development program is designed to provide these future leaders with the skill sets and experience needed engage with deep ocean programs and people outside of their own discipline, as well as engage with data across variables, platforms, and sensors.

Key goals of iDOOS early career development are to advocate for and raise the profile of deep-sea early-career researchers; provide transferable skills in the areas of networking, collaboration and outreach; and cement their inclusion into and future leaders of the scientific community. The intent is for the DOERs network to enable peer support that helps build confidence, motivation, expanded skill sets and enjoyment of deep observing.

The success of the program (and the overall advancement of the field of deep ocean observing) relies on the diversity of its members in terms of area of expertise, background, and life experience. As such, it is our goal to recruit a diverse cohort with representatives from across the continents.

The DOERs program can be broken down into three main components:

  1. Mentoring (peer-to-peer and peer-to-mentor),
  2. Professional development trainings, and
  3. Elevation/promotion of DOERs within the deep ocean observing community.

Mentoring will occur via two avenues – 1) Targeted mentoring discussions during professional development events and 2) an online collaboration forum (Slack). DOERs will be encouraged to join iDOOS Working Groups and provided with opportunities to take on leadership roles within those groups. Additionally, DOERs will be provided opportunities to join and lead iDOOS efforts related to the UN Decade of Ocean Science. Networking opportunities will be provided through DOERs across the iDOOS Network of deep ocean observing programs and stakeholder. DOERs will also be enrolled as part of the broader UN Ocean Decade ECOP program and provided with further opportunities through that initiative as well as integrated into the Ocean Decade’s Deep Ocean Community of Practice.

Honoraria are available to support some DOERs from outside of the US. We strongly encourage applications for honoraria by those from developing countries and indigenous communities. Individuals can express their interest to apply for these funds in the sign up sheet at the bottom of the page. Those who are interested will receive a short application. Funds will be awarded based on need and described commitment to become a future leader in the field. In addition to this honoraria, these DOERs will have their travel/lodging covered to attend the in person DOOS meeting in San Diego, CA during January-March 2024.

Virtual Professional Development Training Schedule

Year 1: Leading International, Interdisciplinary Projects

Fall 2021: Recruiting amazing deep ocean leaders; Brief meet & greet

Winter 2022: DOOS Annual Meeting (virtual) with “Meet the DOERs” mixer event

Spring 2022: Training – What is the Framework for Ocean Observing (FOO) and how to use it

Summer 2022: Panel Discussion – Interdisciplinary and International Cross-Collaborations


Year 2: FAIR Data Principles Training

Fall 2022: Foundational practices for data, software, and project management

Winter 2023: DOOS Annual Meeting (virtual); Open data science and teamwork

Spring 2023: Research data life cycle

Summer 2023: Best practices in the ocean sciences


Year 3: Coordinating and Implementing Integrated Deep Ocean Observing

Fall 2023: Creating and coordinate an integrated project that is greater than the sum of its parts

Winter 2024: DOOS Annual Meeting (in person, San Diego, CA); Data training “Hack-a-thon”

Spring 2024: Collaborative work on a DOOS Demonstration Project

Summer 2024: Collaborative work on a DOOS Demonstration Project


Year 4: Communicating Science to Diverse Audiences

Fall 2024: Communicating Science to a diverse audience

Winter 2025: DOOS Annual Meeting (virtual); Session focused on presentations by DOERs

Spring 2025: Training – Translating Science to Policy

Summer 2025: Panel Discussion – Stakeholders of the Deep Sea

Sign Up!

General enrollment for the DOERs program is now closed. However, we are still considering applications from dedicated future deep ocean leaders interested in the DOERs program.

To be considered for enrollment, please send us an email (info@deepoceanobserving.org) with your name, job title, affiliation, email address, and a couple of sentences about why you are interested in the program.

We strongly encourage people from the Southern Hemisphere and developing countries to send us an email to enroll.

Image courtesy Schmidt Ocean Institute. FK210726 Biodiverse Borderlands expedition. Lisa Levin Chief Scientist