Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India

2018 (On-Land Training Programme)  CLOSED


The ISA has developed an online portal for contractor training applications and will be phasing out the manual forms in the next few months. Applicants are encouraged to use the online portal (linked to the Apply Now button below) 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.

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Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES), Government of India in accordance with its contract for the exploration for polymetallic sulphides with the International Seabed Authority, is offering five (5) on-land training places in the field of deep-sea mineral exploration for candidates from developing States. 

The eight-week training will be organised by the National Centre for Antarctic and Ocean Research (NCAOR) and is tentatively scheduled to begin between December 2018 and January 2019. The programme will focus on following areas:

  • Marine survey and exploration techniques;

  • Acquisition and processing of marine geoscientific and oceanographic data;

  • Operation and use of various laboratory analytical equipment; and

  • Analysis, interpretation and integration of oceanographic, environmental, geological and geophysical data.

Candidates must meet the following requirements:

  1. Education: a master degree in science (marine geology, marine geophysics, marine biology, marine geochemistry or oceanography) or a graduate degree in engineering (marine, mechanical, mechatronics, mining, electrical) or an equivalent educational qualification in deep sea research and development.

  2. Work experience: at least two year work experience in the relevant field.

  3. Language: a sound knowledge of English attested by a certificate; 

  4. Health: good mental and physical health; and

  5. Age: preferably between 30 and 40 years.

The trainees will be required to submit reports on the outcome of their training to NCAOR/ MoES and the Authority.  The trainees will also be required to sign a confidentiality agreement with NCAOR/MoES.

MoES/NCAOR will cover the following costs:

  • International travel expenses (economy class) and local travel within the scope of the official programme according to the current official travel cost regulations in India;
  • Medical Insurance; and
  • Costs for accommodation in various Institutes in India and daily allowance according to the current official travel cost regulations in India.

Applications should be submitted by the 31 August 2018 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 indicating preference for either the geological or environmental programme, degree/certificate and résumé;     OR

  • via email, in one of the official languages of the Authority, to training@isa.org.jm using the forms below.

Applications must be accompanied by:

  1. Application form (docx | pdf) to 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 sufficient knowledge of English; and

  5. Copy of Résumé or CV.

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.


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Issued 6 July 2018