Companhia De Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais (CPRM)

2019 CLOSED

UPDATE :(19 February 2019) The following candidates have been selected:

Rank First Name Surname Gender Country 
  1  Alvaro E.S.  Soares   M  Brazil
  2  Damaris  Mutia   F  Kenya
  3  Joyce  Uan   F  Kiribati
  4  Muhammad Bin  Hassan   M  Pakistan
  R1  Inyang E.  Inyang   M  Nigeria
  R2  Adriane Gonçalves  de Araújo Nunes Rangel   F  Brazil
  R3  Paul Cesar M.  Flores   M  Philippines
  R4  Carolina S.  Rivas   F  Ecuador

Companhia De Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais (CPRM) in accordance with its exploration contract for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts with the International Seabed Authority is offering four (4) at-sea on-board training opportunities for candidates from developing States. 

The 6-weeks training programme which will begin in March 2019 aims to provide technical and scientific knowledge pertaining to: (i) survey, processing and interpretation of marine geophysics and physical oceanographic data; and (ii) sampling, cataloguing and analyses of geological, biological and chemical oceanographic data. The programme will be conducted in three phases as follows:

  1. Pre-cruise training for 1 week consisting of: a briefing on the cruise objectives and strategy; introduction to various environmental, health and safety issues; Q & A on the training specifics; basic knowledge for operating sampling and analytical devices; and basic principles of sampling procedures.

  2. The at-sea training (4 weeks) will cover the following topics: Geographical Information System (GIS) applied to marine science; use of software for management and analysis of geo-referenced databases; operating sampling devices;  use of measuring instruments and analytical equipment; marine geophysical data processing and interpretation: bathymetry, gravimetry, magnetometry, seismic reflection and refraction; physical-chemical oceanographic data acquisition, processing, interpretation and reporting, including temperature, salinity, density, dissolved oxygen, CO2, CH4, optical back-scattering, wave, current intensity and direction using ADCP and LADCP; chemical and biological data collection, processing, interpretation and reporting; the use of ROVs including video/photo capture and analysis, water and rock sampling, sediment sampling by push core, CTD, CO and CH4;  marine geology and geochemistry: rock sampling by dredging, rock-drill and/or ROV, selection of samples for further analytical work, rocks description, chemical and mineralogical analyses, isotope geochemistry, geotectonic and paleo environmental interpretation, metalogeny, mineral processing and geometallurgy; management, pre-processing and early interpretation of all these samples and data; and environmental management and impact studies: assessment of exploration and mining activities on the ecosystem and water resources together with elaboration of mitigating actions.

  3. The post-cruise training (shore-based for 1 week) will include:  debriefing on the cruise achievements; maintenance, demobilization, dismantling and packing of sampling devices, instruments and equipment; and final data processing, interpretation and reporting.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Education: an undergraduate degree in science or engineering in the relevant field of geology, marine biology, marine geophysics, oceanography or an equivalent educational background;

  2. Language: sufficient knowledge (verbal and written) of English, Portuguese and/or Spanish for day-to-day communication and reporting; and

  3. Health: Be of sound mental and physical health, suitable to work at-sea.

If selected, trainees will be required to submit a physical examination report signed by a licensed physician, stating that the trainee is physically and mentally fit to participate in the at-sea training.

All trainees must sign a confidentiality agreement with CPRM and submit reports on the outcome of their training to CPRM and the Authority. Additionally, trainees are required to submit a report five years after completion of the training to allow for the assessment of long-term benefits. Upon the successful completion of the training, trainees will receive certificates from CPRM.

CPRM will cover costs directly association to the training including: round-trip airline ticket (economy class); local transportation, meals and accommodations in Brazil and on-board as well as travel insurance with medical coverage.

Applications should be submitted by email, in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority to training@isa.org.jm by the 21 December 2018 deadline either through:

  • the online training portal.  Users applying through the online portal (see above), must remember to upload a copy of a passport photo, the signed nomination; degree/certificate; résumé; recommendation letters and cover letter; OR

  • via email, in one of the official languages of the Authority using the forms below.

Applications must be accompanied by:

a)    Application form to be completed by the applicant;
b)    Nomination form (docx | pdf) to be completed by the institution or governmental department; 
c)    Copy of degree Certificate;
d)    Proof of sufficient knowledge of English.
e)    Copy of CV or Résumé; two letters of recommendation and a cover letter

One of the Voluntary Commitments made by the ISA at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was "Enhancing the role of women in marine scientific research through capacity building"(#OceanAction15467). We therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified women to apply for these training opportunities.

ISSUED 15 NOVEMBER 2018