Applications are now open for four (4) training opportunities for candidates from developing States Members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The placements are provided by the Interoceanmetal Joint Organization (IOM) in accordance with its obligations under its exploration contract for polymetallic nodules with ISA.

ISA is calling for candidates with a Bachelor’s or Engineering degree in natural sciences, applied sciences, technology or engineering. Candidates are required to have at least one year of experience in the required field of specialization. Successful candidates should possess a good command of English.

This multidisciplinary training programme will be for approximately six weeks between September and October 2022 in Poland. The training will be divided in two parts. Part one will introduce the selected candidates to marine mineral exploration and exploitation in the Area with a focus on polymetallic nodules. While part two will consist of training in laboratory work and scientific techniques for polymetallic nodules analysis and metallurgical processing.

One of the Voluntary Commitments made by the ISA at the UN Ocean Conference 2017 was “Enhancing the role of Women in Deep-Sea Research through capacity building” – we therefore strongly encourage suitably qualified females to apply for these training opportunities.

Please visit this link for more information and to apply. Applications by qualified candidates should be received no later than 18 April 2022.


All contractors with ISA have a legal obligation to provide and fund training opportunities for personnel from developing States and those of ISA.

The legal basis for the requirement stems from the provisions of UNCLOS and the 1994 Agreement and is set out in the standard terms of contracts. Its purpose is to ensure that personnel from developing States are provided with appropriate operational expertise to enable them to participate in deep-seabed mining.

Please visit this page to know more about the Contractor Training Programme.

For additional information, please contact:

Ms. Annekah Mason, Training Coordinator, ISA,