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Do you want to shape our story with your personality, expertise and ambitions? At Hydro we are a global family of 35 000 people that extract, produce, shape and reuse the world’s most flexible and sustainable metal into infinite innovations and applications. Click here if you would like to read more about Hydro and our operations.

Graduate 2021 - Research Development

The Research and Development team in Sunndalsøra is a group of 20 highly competent, engaged and creative researchers. We work on developing new casthouse products and alloys, often in close collaboration with customers. A new focus area in recent years has been to develop Hydro’s new line of “green aluminium products” with unprecedented low carbon footprint. These products are now marketed under the brand Hydro CIRCAL. Another key research area is to develop alloys tailormade for automotive applications, and a current focus is having solutions ready when the automotive industry transfer to electrical drivetrains accelerate globally.  In all our projects we work closely with our production units and sales organizations across the globe.  

We are located close to other Hydro units in Sunndalsøra; Europe’s most modern Aluminium Primary Plant and Hycast, the world leading supplier of casthouse technologies. In total, we constitute a leading competence center in the global aluminium casting industry.  


Our Graduate positions give considerable knowledge about the aluminium business and are essential for developing new leaders and professionals in Hydro. Key roles will typically require experience from different parts of the company, so a Graduate is expected to be flexible and mobile. For the right candidate, the position might give interesting possibilities both nationally and internationally.  

We want you to join our team! 

Area of Responsibility 


As part of the Research and Development team you might be engaged in a variety to of tasks.  Some examples of potential tasks are: 

  • Carry out experiments and tests both in laboratory and industrial environment 
  • Analysis of metal quality 
  • Alloy development and tests 
  • Process improvements 
  • Casthouse technologies development, tests and verification 
  • Plan, execute and lead projects    
  • Communicate with stakeholders 




  • Master’s degree/PhD preferably within Metallurgy, Material Sciences, Physics or similar  
  • Good academic results    
  • A drive to develop new insights, products and processes and see these through to implementation 
  • Good communication (written and oral) and cooperation skills 
  • Commitment to protecting health, safety, security and environment (HSE) through your attitude and actions 
  • Fluency in English and Norwegian
  • Max. two years of work experience after graduation 


To succeed in this position, we believe that you should be curious, motivated by understanding and solving issues in collaboration with others. You have an analytical approach and are driven by continuous learning and development. If you’re also keen to experience different locations, we’d very much like to consider your application.


The Hydro Graduate Program  


The Hydro Graduate Program is a structured onboarding program designed to equip you with the competencies needed to successfully thrive in the position. We see this as the first step towards your longer-term career and future possibilities in Hydro. Some key elements of your structured onboarding during the initial 12 months are:  


  • Thorough introduction program and follow-up  
  • International onboarding sessions as well as local trainings and seminars  
  • Possibility for rotation, normally within your own plant/area  
  • Dedicated buddy/mentor throughout the program  


We offer competitive terms in a friendly and international work environment with interesting challenges, teamwork and room to influence throughout a flexible and diverse working day.  


Do you want to shape our story with your personality, expertise and ambitions?  


Additional information

Only applications received through our online system will be considered, not via e-mail.  

As part of our recruitment process, we use Semac for background check. 


Apply before: 11/01/2020

If you have any questions, please contact: 

Hiring managers:

Stig Tjøtta, Head of Technology
Phone: +4790888767


Stig Brusethaug. Head of Laboratories
Phone: +4790859383



Marit Bratseth, GBS HR Specialist People Resourcing
Phone:(Norway +47) 95908036

Posted on: 

Sunndalsøra, NO, 6600

Department:  Laboratories
Business Area:  Primary Metal(ALME)
Legal Entity:  Hydro Aluminium AS
Job Type:  Trainee / Graduate

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