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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period: 
Salary:  £21,100 + benefits

Manchester, GB

Career Area:  Early Careers

R&D Modelling and Simulation Industrial Placement 2023

A career that will deliver change. Together, we’ll 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. 


“Working at EDF has been an incredible opportunity to gain insight into the energy industry. Since the start of my placement, I have 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. Through this, I have been supported to develop my skills in coding, data analysis, communication, and time management, to name a few. Regular 1:1 meetings with my manager and colleagues enable me to gain feedback on my work, and clarify any doubts I may have about my tasks.” 


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

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 2:2 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 £21,100 or £23,100 if you are based within one of the Greater London Boroughs. 

25 days’ annual leave 

Flexible benefits package 

Wellbeing and support services 


At EDF, everyone’s welcome. We strive to create an inclusive and diverse environment where everyone has a voice and where you feel confident being yourself.  We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion.  We’d like our future workforce to have an equal gender balance, represent a broad mix of people from minority ethnic backgrounds, LGBTQ+, those with a disability and supporting social mobility.    


We’re a disability confident employer and we’ll do all we can to help with your application, making adjustments as you need.   We’ll value the difference you bring and offer opportunities for you to thrive and succeed.   


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


Together we’re helping Britain achieve Net Zero.   

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