R&D Trainee (all genders)

Global Trainee Program

Full time


Position based in: Leoben, Austria


Start Date: September 2023


Are you ready for new challenges in an international and innovation-driven environment where you can make a difference? The Refractory Factory Trainee Program is the start of an exciting journey within RHI Magnesita.The trainee program offers graduates who want to join our R&D Department, the chance to discover and improve their talents and turn into our future leaders and experts. 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!


About the job

We are looking for outstanding individuals with the potential to become the leaders and experts of the future! You will have the chance to be part of a dedicated RHIM programme and challenge yourself in different departments and functions, gaining valuable hands-on experience. As an R&D trainee you will report directly to the Head of R&D Europe, CIS & Turkey; you will be immersed into the RHIM reality and land in your final position with good knowledge of the business and an extended network!  You would work closely with the colleagues in our Mineralogy Department and would later receive a broader over-view of our FP&A, Technical Marketing and Operations departments. You will travel to our customer and production plants and communicate and align with the stakeholders.


In addition, your tasks will include

  • Being responsible for small R&D projects
  • Running postmortem studies of used products from our customers


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


Education & Knowledge

  • University Degree (Master or PhD in Mining, Chemical Engineering, Metallurgy, Material Science, Ceramics, Process Engineering, etc.)
  • Some knowledge of the refractory industry



  • English – Proficient/Fluent
  • German would be an advantage
  • Any other language would be an asset


Work Experience

  • Some years of professional working/internship experience in the fields of refractory production such as Operations/Mining/Ceramics/Electrical or Mechanical or Civil Engineering.


Ideal Personality

  • Passionate for innovations & ready to grow with the RHIM R&D team
  • Pragmatic and performance driven team player with hands-on mentality
  • Customer experience oriented
  • International mindset and mobile (willingness and ability to relocate in the future)
  • Leadership potential


What we bring to the table

We are the acknowledged industry leader in innovative technology. Our company is defined by people. That’s why we attach so much importance to our employees. We have a collaborative culture that cherishes ideas and determination to add value for our customers. Our leadership style encourages diversity, openness, fresh thinking, and initiative. We are pragmatic, positive and optimistic.


As a much-valued employer we offer:

  • Permanent contract with a competitive package incl bonus
  • Dedicated development path
  • Empowerment & inclusive culture environment
  • International exposure towards RHIM’s network
  • Chance to become part of the Refractory Factory community 
  • Local benefits such as childcare facilities (Hilfswerk) on the company premises, free parking incl. 12 charging stations, canteen with daily meal allowance
  • A variety of health offers (discount for gym, sponsoring of sports events etc.) and our own Corporate Benefits platform


The annual gross salary for this position will be € 59,050 on a full-time bases incl overtime.


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 cannot be taken into consideration. Kindly note that profiles submitted by external agencies will not be accepted. 


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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