Join us on the EDF Energy R&D Development scheme and you can expect to learn from real industry experts and gain comprehensive, hands-on experience within Research and Development in the Energy industry. You’ll also study towards a Masters level qualification and at the end of it all you can expect a promising future within the EDF Energy R&D UK Centre.


  • 2:1 MEng or 1:1 BEng/BSc ideally in Maths, Statistics, Physics or Electronic/Electrical/Mechanical/Chemical/Process/Materials/Civil Engineering / Environmental sciences or;
  • An undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, Programming, or an associated subject
  • Excellent numerical, written and presentation skills
  • Ability to think laterally and problem solve
  • An interest in the energy sector and R&D/innovation


2 years plus

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More detail

As one of seven EDF R&D International Centres worldwide, the UK R&D Centre is an integral part of EDF Group. The centre is responsible for leading research and development activities in the UK, enabling EDF Energy to prepare for the challenges that lie ahead. As of today, our 60-strong multi-national team (plus 20 PhD researchers) is engaged in projects of various sizes in support of EDF and external clients, working across all aspects of the Energy industry; including Nuclear, Renewables, Energy Storage, Smart Grids, Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency, Smart Meters, Electric Vehicles and Digital Innovation. The energy challenge is global; and as a result the R&D UK Centre is leading on a number of international programmes, sharing knowledge and expertise across the EDF network and wider affiliates. In the UK the R&D UK Centre has successful partnerships with five leading UK universities enabling the R&D UK Centre to benefit from wider scientific research and world class resources.

Join us on this scheme and you’ll take on a full time role within the R&D UK Centre whilst studying towards a Masters level qualification.

We currently have four opportunities available within the following areas:

The Smart Power Systems team is tasked with conducting and leading research and development into; the generation, transmission, distribution and use of energy; the opportunities and challenges arising from the electrification of heat and transport and the deployment of energy storage; the emergence of new players (suppliers, customers, investors) in to the energy landscape and the associated innovative business models this could facilitate; energy efficiency and process optimisation; the emergence of big data, the internet or things and how this will shape the way residential and business customers engage with energy; to the development of low cost, non-invasive metering systems allowing for a greater understanding of energy generation, flows and usage. The results of this work informs future corporate and commercial strategies, products and services for EDF Energy and Group, challenges current company policies and ways of working and seeks to influence UK and European energy policies and standards. 

The Nuclear team is managing and delivering an R&D programme that supports the life extension and the performance of the existing nuclear fleet, the preparation of the decommissioning of the Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (“AGR”) and the development of new build programmes. One area of focus is the characterisation and prediction of Natural Hazards affecting the nuclear power plants and the energy system. In collaboration with leading academic and industry partners, the Natural Hazards and Environment team is developing methodologies to assess the risk of extreme weather, coastal flooding, solar storms, marine ingress. Combinations of different hazards and the impact of climate change are also considered.

The skilled, multi-cultural, innovative and agile Renewables team provides support to the UK business units on all Renewable and Storage activities. The team make sure its strategic position in the UK and proximity to EDF ER and its assets benefit to the whole Group at an international level. It manages the R&D Offshore Wind project at the Group level, delivers activities in storage, marine energy and asset management and explores new opportunities in strong relation with other UK teams, EDF R&D in France as well as with academic and industrial partners.

The Digital Innovation team is responsible for researching exciting new digital technologies and working with partners in the business to develop proofs of concepts. The team comprises developers, designers, data scientists and project managers. The team develops products and services for every part of EDF Energy. Recent projects include bots to support interaction with our customers, a Google Glass application to help meter installers, tablets for use in power stations and an augmented reality app for employee communications. The team is constantly testing new hardware, from smart thermostats to Amazon Echo.

Where it could take you

Once you’ve completed the scheme, you’ll have a Masters level qualification and years of experience within EDF Energy. That means you’ll be in the best possible position to continue your career. Your future will be yours for the taking, and because we’ll have helped you map out a structured career path, you’ll know exactly where you’re going and how to get there.


Your time with us won’t just be professionally rewarding. Because you’re making a real contribution to our business, you’ll be paid a starting salary of £20,590, with generous holiday allowance plus product and service discounts - including money off your EDF Energy bill.


Throughout the scheme, you’ll balance training and part-time study with your full-time role. It’s a challenge, but we’ll help and support you in your development and career progression every step of the way – providing you with a structured career path within your area.

You will be given the opportunity to take on a Masters level qualification in a relevant subject area.  The choice of course will be guided by the requirements of your destination role and your previous undergraduate degree and we’ll make sure you have all the support you need when it comes to course selection and enrolment.

Candidates joining Smart Power Systems could study a range of Masters such as Architectural Design, Urban Design, Urban Regeneration, Spatial Planning, Environment and Sustainable Development or Urban Economic Development. They’ll take on a Graduate Researcher role, progressing into a Research Engineer role upon completion of the scheme. To apply for this area, you’ll need to have a 2:1 MEng or 1:1 BEng/BSc ideally in Maths, Physics or Electronic/Electrical/Mechanical/Chemical/Process/Materials/Civil Engineering.

Candidates joining the Nuclear / Natural Hazards team could study a range of Masters in Environmental Sciences. To apply for this area, you’ll need to have, or be working towards, qualifications in Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics or equivalent. An interest in Marine Science , Marine Biology  or applied Marine Science is very desirable. The candidate will be working across a wide range of topics within the Environment and Natural Hazards group. There will be the chance to develop skills in the fields of coastal flooding and weather, in particular the knowledge of statistical analyses for environmental data. Additionally, the candidate shall be working on projects which apply cutting edge technologies (e.g. drones, satellite data, submarine sonar) to solve industrial problems (where marine biology meets engineering).

Candidates joining the Renewables team will study a Masters in Renewables. They will acquire strong knowledge of the offshore wind industry and will work in a very international and challenging context, with projects based in 3 different countries. There will be exposure to wind measurement, learning about Wind Resource Assessment (and its uncertainty), Wind Farm layout optimisation (minimising the cost of energy and maximising the production), and Wind Farm performance (including Power Curve Verification). In addition to this there is the opportunity to work on operation and in-development windfarms as well as involvement in other projects managed by the Renewables team. Candidates should be very comfortable in using computing languages such as R, Matlab or/and Python, pay close attention to detail, have a synthesis approach, proactive, autonomous and strong written and oral presentation skills. To be able to communicate both orally in writing in French would be an advantage. A Physics and Mathematics background would be preferable although related disciplines could be considered.

Whilst candidates joining the Digital Innovation team will study a Masters in Computer Sciences. They’ll take on a R&D Junior Developer role, progressing into a R&D Developer role upon completion of the scheme. To apply for this area, you’ll need to have a Computer Science (or equivalent) undergraduate degree with experience in front end and back end app and/or web development.


You’ll be based in Croydon, Brighton or Manchester, depending on which opportunity you apply for.

  • If you apply for the Smart Power Systems area, you’ll work in our Croydon office and most likely study at a local university
  • If you apply for the Nuclear area, you’ll work in our Croydon office and most likely study at a university in London area
  • If you apply for the Renewables area, you’ll work in our Croydon office and most likely study at a University in the London area
  • If you apply for the Digital Innovation area, you’ll work in our Hove office (near Brighton) with regular travel to London, you’ll study at a university local to these areas

There may also be opportunities to travel to other EDF Energy locations and spend periods of time working with our engineering teams in Gloucester or Bristol.


Applications are now closed.


Applications closed

Applications are now closed.