BGR - Contractor Training Programme

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 (20 July 2021) The following candidates have been selected:


  First name       





  Prithivi Dass















  Joel Olayide





Issue Date: 2 June 2021

The Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources of the Federal Republic of Germany (BGR), in accordance with its exploration contract for polymetallic sulphides in the Indian Ocean signed with ISA in 2015, is offering two (2) At-sea training placements for candidates from developing States in line with its 2021 training programme. 

The training will comprise two phases:     

Part 1: At-sea exploration cruise to the German license area in the Indian Ocean planned for October 2021. Duration: 24 days at sea including transit from harbour to working area and back. Port of call: Port Louis, Mauritius. Specific details for the cruise will be confirmed and communicated to the trainees prior to the onboarding date.

The major objective of the cruise is the investigation of the subseafloor mineralization of selected hydrothermal systems applying deep-towed geophysical instruments such as controlled-source electromagnetics (CSEM), magnetics, and self-potential. BGR has developed a novel electromagnetic deep-sea profiler (“Golden Eye”). This instrument as well as BGR’s deep-towed bathymetry sled HOMESIDE, equipped with a vector-magnetometer and towing three-axial self-potential sensors, will be deployed during the cruise. Additionally, biodiversity investigations based on video inspection and bathymetric mapping will be carried out.

During the cruise, trainees will be integrated into the station work for recording the geophysical data. Training will also include:

  • Instructions in vessel navigation techniques and planning of an exploration survey;
  • Preparation, on-board handling, and deployment of specialized geophysical surveying instruments;
  • Operation of geophysical instruments at depth;
  • Data handling and storage, data quality control;
  • General aspects of work and environmental safety at sea.

Part 2: After the onboard training, trainees will visit BGR offices located in Hannover (Germany) in spring/summer 2022 for a four-week post-cruise training. This will be the opportunity for trainees to  deal with 1D and 3D inversion modelling and interpreting the geophysical data. (Therefore, applicants must have a strong background in geophysics in order to fully benefit from the offered training programme.) The programme will cover:

  • Introduction into laboratory facilities at BGR;
  • Introduction into data processing, modelling, and interpretation;
  • Exemplary work on selected data samples under supervision; and
  • Compilation of the cruise report and preliminary resource evaluation.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Education: Hold a bachelor's /master's degree in marine geophysics or an equivalent educational background; 
  2. A solid and proven background in standard geophysical data processing techniques;
  3. Programming experience in higher programming languages is desirable;
  4. Experience: At least one year practical experience in the candidate's field of specialization;
  5. Language: A sound knowledge of English attested by a certificate, where applicable
  6. Health: Good state of health, suitable to work at sea;
  7. Recommended: seagoing experience (seaworthy).

BGR undertakes to cover the following costs of the participant’s travel expenses to and from the harbours of embarkation and disembarkation as well as the stay in Hannover. The following will be provided:

  • International travel expenses, economy class;
  • Accommodation and daily allowance according to German law for travel expenses.

Trainees will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with BGR as well as submit a report on the outcomes of their training to BGR and ISA. 

Applications should be submitted by the 25 June 2021 deadline through:

  • the online training portal. Users applying through the online portal, must remember to upload a copy of a passport photo, the signed nomination form, degree/certificate, résumé/CV and other supporting document (see below); OR
  • via email, in one of the official languages of ISA, to using the forms below.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  1. Application form (docxpdf) to be completed by the applicant;
  2. Nomination form (docxpdf) to be completed by the institution or governmental department; 
  3. Copy of degree certificate;
  4. Proof of sufficient knowledge of English; and
  5. Copy of CV or Résumé
  6. A one-page statement of purpose demonstrating background/experience in geophysical data processing techniques.


One of the Voluntary Commitments that the ISA made 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.