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Early Stage Researcher (all genders)

Full time, fixed-term for 36 months


Are you ready for new challenges in an international and innovation-driven environment where you can make a difference?  Apply and join our team, be curious, learn, grow, and develop your career together with us. We promise: you are in for a special ride!


Areas of interest: Hydrogen, Corrosion, Refractories, Simulation, Mechanical behavior


About the job

We are looking for a PhD student in an EU project to join our Pioneer Research team.


Applicant Profile: Master’s level in Materials Science, Materials Engineering, Metallurgy, Chemistry or Applied Physics. Candidates should be excellent in their skills for experimental work, knowledge of material physics and/or heat transfer mechanisms, oral and written communication skills (English). Knowledge of sample preparation and instrumentation will be appreciated.

Due to the mobility rule by the funding agency, residents of Austria cannot apply for this PhD.

Objectives: Particular components of furnace linings and refractory microstructure will be identified in regard of their corrosion behavior in atmospheres with enhanced H2 amount. Reduction of refractory constituents and components will be observed. FactSage calculations of refractory materials and various combustion atmospheres are of interest and will be helpful tool to work such corrosion behavior. Furthermore, mechanical high temperature performance will be observed by HMOR, Youngs Modulus and DIC measurements.


Expected Results: Numerical simulations according to thermodynamic considerations as well as reaction kinetic modelling. Examination of the corrosion and wear mechanisms of the castable materials and their particular bonding phases in regard to various parameters such as combustion atmosphere, temperature and temperature changes. Determination of the applicability of residues as refractory binders and examination of mechanical behavior at high temperatures.


PhD main locations:

  • Period 1 - RHI Magnesita, Leoben, Austria (18 months)
  • Period 2 - RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany (18 months)

This position is limited to the end of the EU project, in total 36 months starting as an employee of RHI Magnesita in October 2022 (preferably).


Why you should work for RHI Magnesita

You will perform in a customer focused environment. We live innovation and appreciate an open and pragmatic way of working. From our leaders we expect to drive our further transformation, to engage our people and to give direction. RHI Magnesita is a company where you can be yourself and where not only your resume and experience, but also your personality counts. We aim for global consistency in compensation policies, but also consider local common practices. RHI Magnesita is committed to support its employees through various means to enable the best possible performance.


Sounds like you?

Please apply online until June 27th following indications at

Please make sure to submit your application documents in English. Should you have any questions about this position, please contact us at: or your supervisors:
Prof. Jesus GONZALEZ,,
Dr. Thorsten TONNESEN,
Dr. Daniela GAVAGNIN,


About RHI Magnesita

We are the acknowledged technology leader in the refractory industry. Our company is defined by people. We are committed to diversity and know that multiple approaches, perspectives and backgrounds fuel creativity and innovation. It is our aspiration to build a workplace culture where everyone feels valued, engages, and can enjoy a truly inclusive environment and the diverse voices of our employees are heard. We foster a collaborative culture that cherishes ideas and determination to add value for our customers. Our leadership style encourages open-mindedness, reliability, pragmatism, and innovation.


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What is CESAREF and what is the focus of this network

CESAREF will train researchers in multi-engineering areas and expose them to the academic and non-academic sectors through international and inter-sectoral mobility combined with an innovation-oriented mind-set. The research training is implemented through strong relationships between 10 academia and 16 industrial partners across the EU. The CESAREF network ( is structured to take full advantage of intensive cooperation between academia, raw material suppliers, refractory suppliers and high-tech metal component producers with a direct link to the FIRE federation (


This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon Europe research and innovation program under grant agreement no.101072625