Innovation is key to the success of the EDF Group. It’s something that’s driven by the vibrant and productive R&D function – the area of the business that encourages creativity and supports the discovery and development of exciting new solutions. R&D helps the Company to make a real difference.

The R&D centre in the UK is an integral part of the Group R&D network – working across the entire chain of value to successfully lead a £15m portfolio of international electricity projects. The function supports all the EDF Energy businesses, everything from Nuclear, Energy Efficiency and Smart Meters, to Energy Management, Electric Vehicles and Digital Futures. As a result of the UK's experience in a number of topics including Offshore Wind, Intermittency or Smart Grids, it’s also a centre of expertise for the group.

Looking externally, EDF Energy has successful partnerships with UK Universities that allows us to benefit from wider scientific research. We also work with a range of organisations in the public and private sector, both in the UK and worldwide.

The team and the roles

The team

Our team is diverse and truly international. It combines fresh perspectives, strong expertise and shared learning to deliver effective solutions. What’s more, thanks to our partnerships with universities and UK organisations, it’s a dynamic and innovative environment to be part of.

The roles

R&D is a hugely rewarding business area to be involved with. Security of supply, low-carbon technologies, climate change and affordability are the main challenges facing the energy sector. The dedication and innovation of our R&D team help EDF Energy to lead the way and shape a better energy future.


All new starters will take part in the EDF Energy induction course in order to get to grips with the company and the way we do things. Beyond that, training will be tailored to the specific role and we will offer plenty of support at every stage of your career. In some cases, there’s an opportunity to travel or work abroad and experience first-hand how different areas of the business work.

What we look for

R&D calls for three types of professionals wanting to make a real difference in the energy industry:

  • PhD qualified experts in the energy sector
  • Project managers with a scientific background
  • Managers

You may be a recent graduate, or someone who has experience in academia or business. Either way, you’ll need to be highly motivated and driven by scientific curiosity. If you think you have what it takes to embark on a varied and exciting scientific career in the industry, we’d love to hear from you.


Based in the UK, you’ll work from our London, Greater London or Manchester Research & Development centres – the Manchester centre sitting within Manchester University and working alongside professors and researchers. But depending on your role, there are a number of opportunities to experience life at our various R&D centres across France, Germany, Poland, China, US and Italy.