JAMAICA, Kingston (31 August 2017) – –  The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR), is offering two (2) At-Sea training places for candidates from developing States within its 2018 training programme, in accordance with its exploration contracts for polymetallic nodules with the ISA.

The training is divided into two stages:  

  • Part 1 – At-Sea training, research cruise onboard the Research Vessel “SONNE” in the northeast Pacific Ocean. The cruise is planned for April/May 2018 (for approximately 30 working days plus 23 days of transit); and 

  • Part 2 – A four-week post-cruise training at BGR, Hannover.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Education: a bachelor/master degree in the areas of marine geosciences, geophysics, biology, oceanography or an equivalent educational background; 

  2. Work experience: At least one year practical experience in the candidate’s field of specialization;

  3. Language: a sound knowledge of English attested by a certificate; 

  4. Health: have a good mental and physical health, suitable to work at sea;

  5. Recommended: seagoing experience (seaworthy).

The selected candidates will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with BGR.  The candidates will also be required to submit a report on the outcome of their training to BGR and the Authority. 

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” – we therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified females to apply for these training opportunities.

To apply – visit the ISA website [ ] for full details of the training opportunities and download the application and nomination forms.

Applications should be submitted by email, in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority to  by the 25 September 2017 deadline.