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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period:  Fixed Term
Salary:  £18,329

Manchester, GB

Career Area:  Early Careers

R&D Modelling & Simulation Industrial Placement 2022


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


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


“In the Modelling and Simulation Team of EDF UKC R&D, we have been hosting industrial placement students for many years now and they are valuable members of our team.

Students are exposed to the R&D challenges associated to structural integrity of critical components of nuclear reactors, such as welds, graphite bricks, boilers or the containment building. We train our placement students so they can gain both technical and non-technical skills e.g. in advanced modelling, coding, technical report writing, client liaising and presenting their work to different internal and external audiences.  Previous students have told us that they have truly felt part of the team, have learnt a lot and enjoyed being able to present their work to the main stakeholders”

Philippe Martinuzzi, R&D Modelling and Simulation Manager 

The Modelling and Simulation Industrial Placement Programme


We’re recruiting for students to join our UK Research & Development (R&D) Centre for this 12-month Modelling and Simulation Placement at Manchester University.  


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


During this R&D Modelling and Simulation placement, you’ll support the development of a set of programming tools which enable engineers to create finite element (FE) based models rapidly, underpinning the lifetime extension of our current fleet of nuclear power plants.  You will focus on supporting the engineering team deploy CFD or finite element models for modelling different parts of the nuclear reactors (gas flows in reactors, ageing and structural integrity of the materials and structures) and assisting in continuing validation and verification of different software.   


Previous students have worked on Linux operating systems, Git version control, Python programming, code aster for solving FE models, Salome Meca for creating geometries and FE models, and Data centric methods such as uncertainty quantification and data assimilation. 


This industrial placement will help you improve the skills in advanced mechanical models, and will provide you with the opportunity to work with experts from different parts of the company including EDF R&D in France, enabling you to build up your skills and knowledge within a large, complex organisation. 


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

Where you’ll work

This placement will be based at The University of Manchester

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 Mechanical Engineering, Physics, Maths or another related degree 
  • Good knowledge in solid mechanics as well as some experience using finite element software.
  • Strong technical and analytical skills  
  • 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 £18,329  
  • 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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