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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period:  Fixed Term
Salary:  £20,933

London, GB

Career Area:  Early Careers

R&D Natural Hazards and Environment IP 2022

A career that will deliver change. Together, we can help Britain achieve net zero. 


Join our Natural Hazards and Environment Industrial Placement and you can make an immediate impact, powering the nation today, whilst helping to build a sustainable energy future for tomorrow. 


“Working at EDF has been an incredible opportunity to gain insight into the energy industry. Since the start of my placement I’ve been treated as a valuable member of my team, being involved in a range of projects from climate change, to space weather risk, to key assets. Throughout this, I’ve been supported to develop my skills in coding, data analysis, communication and time management, to name a few. Regular meetings with my manager and colleagues enable me to gain feedback on my work and clarify any questions I have about tasks.” 

Alexa Clay, Natural Hazards and Environment R&D Industrial Placement 

The Natural Hazards and Environment Industrial Placement Programme


We’re recruiting for students to join our UK Research & Development (R&D) Centre for this 12-month Natural Hazards and Environment Programme Placement in South London.  


Our EDF R&D UK Centre 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.   


During this placement, you’ll contribute to the R&D programme which underpins the lifetime extension of our current fleet of nuclear power plants. 

Training, development and support for you


This industrial placement will provide you with insight into the R&D challenges in the areas of environment and natural hazards including meteorology, ocean sciences, marine biology, space weather and climate change, gaining vital experience in how EDF applies research work to deliver solutions to the business units.   


You’ll have the opportunity to work with key stakeholders to support the operations of our current fleet of nuclear power stations, our new build development projects, as well as offering support to renewable energy sites such as offshore wind farms. 


You’ll build both technical and non-technical skills, learn about a variety of natural hazards and how they can impact energy infrastructure, and develop skills in statistics, coding and technical report writing.    


Previous students have been involved in working on statistical analysis of natural hazards; liaising with clients; technical reporting; R-script development; and been given the opportunity to present their work to different internal and external audiences.   


This industrial placement will provide you with a better understanding about how academic research work and skills obtained throughout an undergraduate degree can be used within a major company.  You will also gain important technical and report writing skills and have the chance to meet like-minded researchers within the EDF R&D UK Centre and practitioners from our various business units. 


Head to our Careers website for more information about life at EDF. 

Where you’ll work


This placement will be based at Interchange in Croydon 

What you’ll need to apply


  • On track to achieve or will have already achieved a 2:1 undergraduate degree or 2:2 postgraduate qualification in disciplines such as Environmental Science, statistics, geography, natural science or another related degree 
  • Strong technical and analytical skills  
  • Computational skills e.g. statistical programming and GIS tools. 
  • The desire to learn and develop  


Our work placements are designed to help you identify your strengths and develop your skills within a real-world organisation, an experience which is invaluable for your future career. 


We’re looking for people who are keen to learn more about our exciting industry and have a desire to develop skills such as communication, problem-solving, team-working and time-management, within a commercial environment.  

What salary and benefits are we offering you?


  • Starting salary of £20,933  
  • 25 days’ annual leave 
  • Flexible benefits package 
  • Wellbeing and support services 

Why EDF?


If you’re passionate about tackling climate change, our Industrial Placement programmes offer you the opportunity to develop an exciting career, whilst helping progress the UK towards a Net Zero future. 


Joining EDF means joining a company with a clear purpose to create a more sustainable energy future. We’re leading the charge for electric driving, investing in new carbon-cutting tech and innovating with Smart home technology; building Britain’s low carbon network and our nation’s low carbon economy. 


At EDF, everyone’s welcome. We strive to create an inclusive environment where everyone has a voice and where they can feel confident being themselves. We’ll value the difference you bring and give you opportunities to thrive and succeed.  


We’re an equal opportunities and a disability confident employer. If you meet the minimum criteria for a role, share with us if you have a disability and we’ll guarantee you an interview.  


Join us. Together, we’ll help Britain achieve net zero. 

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