Pioneer Research Associate Recycling (all genders)

Fixed contract for 38.5 hours/week for 9 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!


The location of the role is in: Leoben


About the job

In our pioneer research team, you will pursue innovative solutions and projects for transforming spent refractories into valuable raw materials for refractory applications. Specifically, you will be a core team member in the frame of a Horizon Europe funded research program for the development of novel mineral recycling technologies: you will be responsible for bundling and interpreting results from an international consortium of industrial and research partners in the field of sensor-based sorting and waste management. In collaboration with our regional recycling teams, you translate these findings into pragmatic solutions for the refractory industry. You will be working at RHI Magnesita’s European R&D Hub in an environment of refractory experts and product developers with strong connection to innovation. In a post-Covid19 environment you are ready to travel to international cooperation partners, production sites and conferences up to 20% of your time.


In addition, your tasks will include

  • Management of research work packages within a Horizon Europe project worldwide.
  • Comprehensive characterization of spent refractory material
  • Support the development of an automated sorting equipment for mineral waste
  • Generation of required inputs for life cycle assessment and techno economic analysis
  • Lead collaborations for the development of alternative products design projects
  • Support the regular project reporting to the European Commission


About You

You are a strong communicator with a collaborative attitude. With your great enthusiasm and creative mindset, you bring new ideas to the table, not only as an individual but also together with your colleagues. You work well in cross-functional teams and are not afraid to take responsibility and make decisions. With your hands-on mentality, structured approach and analytical skills, you proactively seek to improve the status quo. You see change as something positive, can adapt quickly and you like to courageously help shaping the future of RHI Magnesita.


What we expect from you in terms of



Higher technical education (MSc in either physics, process engineering, earth science, material science, or similar course of studies)



English – Proficient/Fluent

German – Proficient/Fluent


Work Experience

Basic knowledge and experience in mineral waste management and regulations

Fundamental knowledge of sensor-based sorting technologies

Basic programming skills (E.g., python, Matlab, VBA)

Some experience in leading technical projects, ideally related to refractories


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.


We offer

  • Attractive remuneration packages including global bonus programme
  • Local benefits such as childcare facilities (Hilfswerk) on the company premises, free parking, canteen with daily meal allowance
  • A variety of health offers (discount for gym, sponsoring of sports events etc.)
  • Possibility of up to 50% home office (depending on the position) incl. allowance


The potential annual gross salary for this position is € 53.200,00 on a full-time basis. We value your education, skills and experience and will make sure these are reflected accordingly in your final set salary.


Sounds like you?

Please apply online – we are looking forward to your application. Please make sure to submit your application documents in English. Due to data privacy reasons applications via e-mail or through external agencies cannot be taken into consideration. Should you have any questions about this position, please contact us at:

At RHI Magnesita everyone is welcome and encouraged to apply. We evaluate applications based on required qualifications and regardless of gender identity, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital or partnership status. At RHI Magnesita we appreciate the value of diverse teams.


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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