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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.
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:
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:
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
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:
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:
Applications must be accompanied by:
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.