EDF Energy has an R&D centre in the UK with around 50 researchers in situ. The centre is an integral part of the EDF Group R&D network and works across the whole value chain of electricity; successfully leading on millions of pounds worth of international projects. It is a centre of expertise for the group benefiting from the UK's strong experience in a number of topics including Offshore Wind, Intermittency or Smart Grids and works across all EDF Energy specialisms including Nuclear, CCS, Energy Efficiency, Smart Meters, Electric Vehicles, and Digital Futures.

The R&D Centre works in partnership with a number of universities across the UK to sponsor post-graduate research projects. Information will be provided here on EDF Energy sponsored research opportunities when they arise.


Candidates should have a minimum of an upper second (2.1) honours degree (or equivalent) in Electrical, Electronics, Materials, Physics, Mechanical Engineering or other relevant discipline. Candidates must be able to consider both technical and economic analyses with appropriate rigour.

Experience in any of the following areas would also be considered advantageous:

  • Modelling for micro-generation, power networks, battery systems and/or hybrid/electric vehicles
  • Understanding of electrochemistry and/or experience of battery characterisation
  • Creation of techno-economic models for evaluation of new technologies


Four years

Applications closed

Applications open January 2017.

The London – Loughborough EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Research in Energy Demand (LoLo) is the premier centre for energy demand research in the built environment in the UK.

The EPSRC LoLo CDT will inspire the leaders and innovators needed to transform the UK’s buildings and energy sector. LoLo is funded to train a large student cohort to address our skills shortage. Our graduates are expected to take senior roles throughout the economy.

Hosted by the UCL Energy Institute and Loughborough University, the Centre’s core focus is the energy performance of buildings- their technologies, and multiple interactions with people and the wider energy system.

Both UCL and Loughborough University have a commitment to cross-faculty collaboration in energy research that enables the centre to offer truly innovative, multi-disciplinary training.

The Centre was set up as a Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in 2009 with funding from EPSRC for 40 studentships. In November 2014 it was announced that the LoLo CDT was successful in our submission for the renewal of funding. The Centre will deliver up to 60 additional studentships over the next eight years. Topics will address new challenges within five themes: technology and systems, energy epidemiology, urban scale energy demand, building performance and process and unintended consequences.

We aim to create a unique vibrant, student-focussed environment. Students will join active research groups, supporting a wide range of projects, in a unique student-focused environment with ample opportunities to engage with leading researchers, industry and policy makers.

LoLo Director Professor Bob Lowe commented on the recent renewal, “This will be key to delivering UK policies around climate change, energy security and fuel poverty. Training will consist of a highly successful Masters of Research and PhD programme, with students working in world-class research teams on real-world problems, with partners in industry, government and NGOs.”

Current LoLo students also welcomed the news, PhD student Mike Fell, based at UCL-Energy said:“It is fantastic news that the LoLo CDT rebid has been successful. As part of the CDT I draw on training and support provided through the collaboration with Loughborough University, as well as a wide range of more general events hosted by UCL Energy Institute. Moreover, being surrounded by fellow PhD students at similar stages and working in varied but related fields means there is always someone to share experiences with.”


What we do

One of seven global centres of energy research excellence, EDF Energy’s UK R&D operation delivers value for the global business by tackling specific, short term challenges and better equipping us to meet the future. We work to speed the development of innovative digital platforms and smart technology and systems, to support the deployment and management of renewable technologies, such as wind farms, and guarantee the safety and performance of existing sources, such as nuclear plants.

Who we are

Our R&D centre employs over sixty people, with an additional twenty PhD and EngD researchers, across three sites, recognised by government, academia and industry as leading experts in their field. Working at the leading edge of the global energy industry, our people develop new energy solutions for low carbon generation, transport, storage, and customer use.

Why join us

This is a chance to innovate on behalf of our customers, developing sophisticated, real-world tools and processes, kick-starting an exciting and varied career. As well as making an immediate impact on the UK energy business, you could help take us to build new partnerships, strengthening our position in Europe and developing robust low-carbon energy solutions.


These research opportunities give students the chance to develop their academic qualifications whilst gaining industrial experience within EDF Energy’s R&D Teams.

Rewards and benefits

As the students taking up these research positions will be employed by a university, the pay rates and benefits will depend on that offered by the university, and also will change from opportunity to opportunity – so interested students would need to check each individual opportunity to receive further details on the remuneration.


Funding regulations dictate this project is open to Home/EU students only.

Qualifying students attract an enhanced stipend which could be tax and NI free depending on personal circumstances. For 2016 this was approximately £19,000 tax free per annum. Funding is for four years and also covers University tuition fees, all course fees and a travel allowance to attend courses.

Applications open January 2017.

Applications closed

Applications open January 2017.