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. Find out more.

EDF Energy Research and Development (R&D UK) works in partnership with a number of universities across the UK. They offer research opportunities, giving students the chance to develop their academic qualifications; Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Engineering Doctorate (EngD), whilst gaining industrial experience within one of the onsite teams. 

Why join us?

• Chance to innovate on behalf of our customers, developing sophisticated, real-world tools and processes,

• Help to build new partnerships, strengthening our position in Europe and developing robust low-carbon energy solutions.

What we're looking for

• A first or second-class UK honours degree or equivalent in computer science, engineering, mathematics or statistics.

• A good understanding of statistics and some knowledge of sensing technologies.

• An interest in machine learning, IoT and the built environment would be beneficial.

Where could it take you?

Claire Canning’s experience: Clare joined the R&D UK Renewables team on a placement within her Engineering Doctorate.

Read here about how her time within R&D UK helped her to build her confidence. 


If you’re applying for an onsite and in team opportunity, you’ll be based in Croydon, Brighton or Manchester, depending on which qualification you apply for.

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. Interested students would need to check each individual opportunity to receive further details on the remuneration.


Information will be provided here on EDF Energy sponsored research opportunities when they arise.