Companhia de Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais (CPRM, Brazil)

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.



Issued on 17 December 2021

Companhia de Pesquisa de Recursos Minerais (CPRM, Brazil) pursuant to its contract for the exploration for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts signed with ISA on 9 November 2015 is offering eight (8) at-sea on-board training placements to candidates from developing States within its revised 2022 training programme.

This geophysics exploration training programme will be for approximately 25 days between April and March 2022 on-board the “NHo CRUZEIRO DO SUL”. The exact cruise date will be confirmed in 2022 with advance notice to trainees.

The main training content will include:

  • Methods of multi-beam topographic survey (MBES);
  • Methods of sub-bottom profile survey (SBP);
  • Methods of oceanographic vertical profile survey (CTD and/or XBT)
  • Real-time processing and interpretation of acquired data.

In addition to the direct cost of training to include travel and any pertinent insurance, CPRM undertakes to cover the following costs:

  • Accommodation and meals during the course in Rio de Janeiro and onboard the “NHo CRUZEIRO DO SUL”
  • All transportation to and from accommodation to the research vessel.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Education: Bachelor’s degree or work experience preferably in marine geology or engineering and technical research.
  2. Language: Must be fluent in Spanish or English, elementary Portuguese recommended.
  3. If selected for the training, trainees must provide proof of a valid medical certificate certifying their suitability to work.
  4. If selected for training, candidates must complete a background information form, as required by the Brazilian Navy.

Trainees will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with CPRM.

At the end of the training, trainees will be required to submit a report to CPRM and the ISA outlining the training completed; the benefits of the training opportunity; the knowledge gained; and how the training will advance their career and or education. Trainees will also receive certificates.

Applications should be submitted by the 28 January 2022 deadline either through:

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

Application must be accompanied by:

  1. Application Forms (docx | pdf) be completed by the applicant;
  2. Nomination Form (docx | pdf) to be completed by the institution or governmental department;
  3. Copy of degree certificate;
  4. Proof of proficiency in English;
  5. Copy of CV or Résumé; and

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.