Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM)

UPDATE :(10 April 2018) The following candidates have been selected:

2018  Training Programme  CLOSED

First Ranked    
1.Karina Melias Astriandhita Female                 Indonesia           
2. Mohamed S.G. Awad Male Egypt
1. Shahtaj Karim Female Bangladesh
2. Thiwaporn Phonsit Female Thailand
3. Bryan M. Cababan Male Philippines

Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) is offering two (2) opportunities in September 2018 for candidates from developing States as part of its training programme in accordance with its Contract for exploration for polymetallic nodules signed with the Authority on 29 March 2001 and extended on 25 May 2017. Candidates will receive a comprehensive six (6) weeks multidisciplinary training in the field of polymetallic nodules project management including exploration, value chain and economic factors, environmental research and metallurgical processing.

The training is divided into two stages:

Part 1 (approx. 4 weeks) IOM headquarters, Szczecin, Poland cooperation with Natural Sciences Education and Research Centre, University of Szczecin , This part will focus on:

  •  Marine minerals project management;

  • Marine geology, engineering geology, economic geology;

  • Preservation   and   protection   of   marine   environment,   environmental   strategies   for exploration and mining; and 

  • Introduction to mining and processing technologies.

Part 2 (approx. 2 weeks )  University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, Czech Republic  This part aims to provide laboratory work and scientific techniques for polymetallic nodules analysis and metallurgical processing by developing planning, data analysis and interpretation skills. It will focus on: 

  • Analytical methods used for polymetallic nodules characterization: SEM/EDX, XRF, XRD, particles analysis;

  • Methods for decomposition of nodules for determination of metals content;

  • Determination of metals content in solutions by AAS and ICP methods;

  • Calculation of metals content in nodules; and 

  • Introduction to laboratory processing tests (reductive leaching of nodules, determination of metals of interest in leaching liquors, precipitation of metals, analysis of Cu, Ni, Co contents in solutions).

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Education: Bachelor or Engineering degree in natural sciences, applied sciences, technology or engineering;

  • Work experience: at least one year of experience in the field of specialization;

  • Language: sufficient knowledge of English attested by a certificate;

  • Health: proof of being in good mental and physical health;

  • Visa Requirements: Eligibility to apply for a Schengen visa; 

  • Age: under 40 years of age.

IOM will cover the following costs: International airfare (economy class), local travel within the scope of the official programme according to the current official travel cost regulations adopted in Poland and Czech Republic; costs for accommodation during any part of the training, meals and daily allowance; and tuition costs.

The trainees will be required to submit reports on the outcome of their training to IOM 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 and the ISA therefore strongly encourages suitably qualified females to apply for these training opportunities.

Applications should be submitted by email, in one of the official languages of the International Seabed Authority, to by the 28 February 2018 deadline using the following forms:

1) Application Form  [ docx | pdf
2) Nomination Form [ docx | pdf
3) Certificates
4) Proof of sufficient knowledge of English