Research & Development Industrial Placement

Our UK based Research & Development centre is advancing research in the various fields, such as: Low Carbon Generation, Waste and Decommissioning, Modelling and Simulation, Environment and Natural Hazards, Energy System Design, Smart Cities, Local Energy Systems, Energy Storage & Efficiency and Smart Digital Technologies. 

By coupling the advances in science and engineering with the emergence of new digital innovations EDF's R&D team is providing ground breaking solutions to policy makers, partners and customers in order to realise our vision.

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What we're looking for

• On track to achieve a 2:1 undergraduate or 2:2 postgraduate Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Science or related degree

• A professional outlook and commercial awareness 

• Motivation, initiative and good people skills 

• Technical and analytical skills 

• A desire to learn and develop skills

• Willingness to relocate as required

Where we could take you

After you’ve completed your industrial placement, you should know for sure whether you want to be part of the UK’s energy future. If all goes well, we hope to see you back at EDF after university, on one of our graduate programmes.

What's in it for you?

• £16,500 salary

• Generous holiday allowance

• Product and service discounts

• Wellbeing and support services


This placement offers the opportunity to work as part of our EDF R&D UK Centre which is an integral part of the EDF Group R&D international network.  The strategy of the centre is to lead research and development for EDF, creating value, preparing for future challenges and unlocking opportunities for the business. 

For 2021 we’re offering placement opportunities working with the following teams:

If you join our Modelling and Simulation team you’ll be contributing to the work on lifetime extensions of our current fleet of nuclear power plants. Specifically, the integrity of the graphite cores which is experiencing significant modifications with ageing due to oxidation and irradiation. As the graphite ages, the components are likely to crack. You’ll be working largely with models and simulations of the plant to ensure safe lifetime extensions. 

If you secure a position with Natural Hazards team you will be exposed to the R&D challenges in the areas of environment and natural hazards including meteorology, ocean sciences, marine biology, space weather and climate change. You’ll get the opportunity to work with key stakeholders to underpin the operations of our current fleet of nuclear power stations as well as the new build development projects. 

In the Waste and Decommissioning team, you’ll be assisting research engineers in a technical capacity to deliver a research project within one of the four core technology themes linked to the decommissioning strategy. 


Most of what you learn will be on the job, with support from your mentor and the teams you work in. Some industrial placements come with opportunities for further technical training as needed.


Our 2021 placements are available in the following locations:

•    Barnwood, Gloucester
•    Interchange, Croydon 
•    Manchester University 

It’s worth noting that we don’t offer relocation help for Industrial Placements. So if the placement you’re applying for isn’t in your local area, you’ll need to be able to cover the cost of moving to and living there yourself. 

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Our R&D Industrial Placement has now closed for applications. Check back soon for details of our 2022 placements!