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Research, development and innovation are at the heart of EDF and our ambition to help the UK achieve Net Zero. 

EDF R&D UK works in partnership with universities to offer research opportunities, giving students the chance to develop their academic qualifications whilst gaining experience in the energy sector. 

  • Join our UK Research & Development centre of excellence

  • Opportunities will be advertised here when available during the year

  • Gain an insight into the energy sector

Why complete a postgraduate research project with EDF?

A centre of technical excellence

The UK R&D 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.

Delivering Net Zero

Our R&D vision is: Driving research and innovation to go beyond Net Zero. We’re preparing for the energy future by exploring breakthrough technologies and business opportunities. 

“We’ll continue to invest in R&D training and development schemes that have proved to be of great benefit to individuals’ development as well as our business.”  

Patrick Dupeyrat, R&D UK Centre Director 

R&D Projects

Our international team is engaged in projects across all energy aspects including Nuclear, Climate Change, Off Shore Wind, Energy Systems, Flexibility & Storage, Zero Emissions Mobility, Low Carbon Hydrogen and Smart Digital Technologies. 

Get ahead in your field

We work in partnership with universities so you can develop your academic qualifications, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Engineering Doctorate (EngD), whilst learning from international R&D experts. 

“I’m really enjoying the opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge I’ve gained from training, to work that has direct application in the renewables sector.  This is where I want to be!” 

Nicholas Kell, R&D Team

Our R&D Projects

Pod Point Solo home charger on barn wall

Helping rural communities benefit from electric vehicles

We want to make sure rural communities also benefit from the electrification of transport. So we’re delighted that our R&D UK Centre’s Rural Electric Mobility Enabler (REME) project has won funding from the Office for Zero Emission Vehicles (OZEV) and Innovate UK to help do just that!

Learn more about EDF's REME project

R&D mobilised to meet the challenges of floating offshore wind energy

Connections, maintenance and environmental impact are all key issues to which R&D is fully committed. Marie Berthelot, Head of R&D Renewables and Offshore Wind R&D project leader at the R&D UK Centre, focuses on the area of maintenance.

Challenges of floating offshore wind

hydrogen powered lorry

R&D UK Centre wins exciting Hydrogen competition bid

We are proud to announce that the R&D UK Centre have successfully won a Zero Emission Road Transport competition bid thanks to support from Midlands Engine, the Energy Research Accelerator and Cenex.

Read more in our R&D blog

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Experienced hire opportunities

Did you find everything you’re looking for?

If not please check our FAQs below where you'll find information about Right to Work in the UK and our selection process. You can also contact our Early Careers Recruitment team at

How do I apply? 

When you find a vacancy that you wish to apply for, click the ‘Apply now’ button. You’ll be offered the choice of applying using your LinkedIn profile or alternatively, you can upload your CV and covering letter (optional) to your application.  

You’ll receive an email acknowledging your application and one of our dedicated team will review your application personally. 

We’re proud to be a Disability Confident employer. If you encounter any accessibility challenges during your online application, please let us know by contacting and one of the recruitment team will be in touch.

I wanted to apply for a position I saw, but it's not listed anymore - can I still apply? 

Vacancies are generally advertised over two weeks. Once the closing date has passed, the vacancy will no longer be listed. Unfortunately, we cannot accept late applications. 

How can I check the status of my application? 

The time taken for reviewing applications will vary depending on the type of role you’re applying for. Our aim is always to respond to applications as soon as possible, and you will always be notified whether your application was successful. 

Who can I contact for feedback on my application? 

Due to the high number of applications that we receive, we’re unable to provide detailed feedback to candidates who are not successful in reaching the interview stage with the hiring manager. 

Do you accept speculative applications? 

Instead of accepting speculative CVs, we advise you to register your details on our careers website and set up alerts for future opportunities which will be relevant to you. 

What do you do with my personal details? 

At EDF, we respect your privacy and value the trust you put in us when you share your personal details with us. Find more information on what data we collect and why we collect this data from you.

Who do I contact for queries about Graduate Programmes, Industrial Placements, Apprenticeships or Work Experience opportunities?

Please contact our Early Careers Recruitment Team:

I’m a Recruitment Consultant, how can I work with EDF? 

We operate a preferred supplier list for recruitment agencies and are unable to accept unsolicited or speculative applications from suppliers not on the list. Please contact us to find out more here:

I’m a contractor/supplier, how can I work with EDF? 

Visit the supply chain page for more information about becoming a supplier.

Do you offer Sponsorship to EU, EEA, Swiss and Non-EU citizens?

EDF Energy holds a Sponsored licence, further guidance on Sponsorship can be found on GOV.UK's page for skilled worker visas.

ID Documents 

As part of our recruitment process, we’ll ask you to prove your eligibility to work in the UK. We’ll request you to bring ID documents with you to your interview (if face-to-face), so that if you are the successful candidate and we offer you the job, we can start the pre-employment checking process without delay. 

What is our selection process? 

Depending on the role you’ve applied for, we’ll ask you to complete different assessments and/or interviews.  From our training programmes to our senior positions, the selection process is tailored to meet specific role and business needs. 

As your application progresses, your Recruiter will be on hand to discuss the various stages with you. 

How does the interview process work? 

Interviews are designed to measure the skills and behaviours required to do a job well. All candidates under consideration for a role are assessed against the same set of competencies ensure fairness. 

Our interviews are carried out by our Recruiters, management team and HR colleagues via telephone, video and face-to-face. 

What happens at an assessment centre? 

If you’re invited to an assessment centre, your Recruiter will let you know what to expect. Our assessment days will usually involve several different exercises for you to demonstrate many different skills. 

Our assessment centres might be face-to-face or online, but rest assured that we’ll provide you with all the information you need in advance. 

What to wear? 

At EDF, most people wear smart casual attire. However, interviewees usually dress in business-wear. A good example of this is a clean and ironed shirt with smart trousers/skirt or suit and smart shoes. This is just as important for a video interview as it is when meeting us face-to-face. 

When will I hear the outcome? 

We know you'll be keen to hear the outcome of your interview, and we'll aim to update you as soon as we can after the last interview has taken place.  

How do I tell you about any adjustments required in respect of a disability? 

We’re proud to be a Disability Confident employer. If you encounter any accessibility challenges during your online application, please let us know by contacting and one of the recruitment team will be in touch.

We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for candidates with disabilities, which means that if you meet the minimum criteria for the opportunity and you share your disability with us, you will automatically progress to the first stage of our selection process.

I have just finished School / College and don't have any work experience - can I still apply to EDF? 

Yes, we offer a variety of opportunities throughout the year for entry-level positions. You can find these by reviewing our early careers page.

Who do I contact for queries about Graduate Programmes, Industrial Placements, Apprenticeships or Work Experience opportunities?

Please contact our Early Careers Recruitment Team here:

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