Companhia De Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais (CPRM)

The manual application forms for training have been phased out. All applications should be completed using the web form. Applicants are required to use the online portal to submit applications together with a copy of your passport photo, the signed nomination form indicating preference for either the geological or environmental programme, degree/certificate and résumé.



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 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.