Applications are now open for six (6) theoretical internship opportunities for candidates from developing States, Members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The placements are provided by JSC Yuzhmorgeologiya in accordance with its obligations its contract for polymetallic nodules (PMN) with ISA.

The two-week theoretical training is planned for the fourth quarter of 2022 (October to November) under the programme “Study and development of mineral resources of the World Ocean – Exploration and development of mineral resources of the Ocean” at St. Petersburg State University, Russia. The full course will include 120 academic hours (94 hours of lectures and 26 hours self-preparation).

The training will include, but not limited to, the following courses:

  1. Geology and mineral resources of the international seabed area;
  2. Polymetallic nodules (PMN) deposits;
  3. Technique, equipment and technologies for PMN exploration;
  4. Geological/economic assessment of PMN deposits.

Candidates should hold a Bachelor’s degree or work experience preferably in marine geology or engineering and technical research. Fluency in English is required while elementary Russian is recommended.

Please visit this link for more information and to apply. Applications by qualified candidates should be received no later than 15 August 2022.

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.


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,