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.


  • A 2:1 (minimum) undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences, Programming, Maths, Statistics, Physics or Electronic/Electrical/Mechanical/Chemical/Process/Materials/Civil Engineering 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


You’ll join us permanently and complete part time Masters level study in your first few years.

Applications closed

Applications open January 2017.

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, Offshore Wind, 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 three opportunities available within the following areas:

The Smart Customers team is tasked with conducting and leading research and development into the:

  • Generation, transmission, distribution and use of energy
  • Opportunities and challenges arising from the electrification of heat and transport and the deployment of energy storage
  • 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 of things', and how this will shape the way residential and business customers engage with energy; and 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 Low Carbon Generation team is managing and delivering an R&D programme that aims to underpin the nuclear generation lifetime extension, to support new nuclear technologies and to develop innovative solutions to reduce costs and risks for offshore wind projects. One area of focus is the development of advanced Modelling & Simulation tools and methodologies to support the existing nuclear fleet in the UK. World-leading Computational Fluid Dynamics models are developed and validated to assess the temperature inside the boilers of Advanced Gas-cooled Reactors (AGR); and to evaluate the influence of carbon deposition on fuel pins. Efficient and robust methods are developed to predict the potential cracking of the graphite bricks in the core of AGR and to assess the behaviour of the whole core under seismic loading.

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 £19,957, 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.

After an initial period of acclimatising to your new department, you’ll 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 Customers 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.

Those in Low Carbon Generation could study a Masters in Engineering or Computer Sciences. They’ll take on a Junior Analyst role, progressing into a Research Engineer role or joining one of our Engineering teams upon completion of the scheme. To apply for this area, you’ll need to have an undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Statistics, Programming, or an associated subject.

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 Customers area, you’ll work in our Croydon office and most likely study at a local university
  • If you apply for the Low Carbon Generation area, you’ll work and study at Manchester University, along with other EDF Energy employees based there
  • If you apply for the Digital Innovation area, you’ll work in our Hove office (near Brighton) with regular travel to Croydon, 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 open January 2017.

Applications closed

Applications open January 2017.