Applications are now open for seven (7) training opportunities for candidates from developing States Members of the International Seabed Authority (ISA). The placements are provided by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation, in accordance with its obligations under its contracts for exploration for polymetallic sulphides (PMS) and for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts (CFC) in the Area. 

ISA is calling for candidates with at a minimum a bachelor’s degree or some work experience in marine geology, engineering or technical research. Fluency in English is required while a basic command of Russian is desirable. The opportunities are as follows: 

Under the contract for PMS exploration:

  •  Two (2) placements for theoretical training at St. Petersburg State University in October 2021, followed by practical at-sea training onboard a research vessel in the Russian exploration area for polymetallic sulphides in the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in 2022 during which trainees will engage in geological and geophysical work. 

Visit this link for more information and to apply. Applications by qualified candidates should be received no later than 25 August 2021.

Under the contract for CFC exploration:

  • Three (3) placements for theoretical training only, covering the “Exploration and development of mineral resources of the ocean” to take place in October 2021 at St. Petersburg State University. 
  • Two (2) placements for theoretical training at St. Petersburg State University in October 2021, followed by practical at-sea training onboard a research vessel in the Russian exploration area for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts in the Pacific Ocean in 2022.  

Visit this link for more information and to apply. Applications by qualified candidates should be received no later than 25 August 2021.


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, tr