Discipline Area: Chemistry


Description of role, including any specific skills required

The successful applicant will work alongside a dynamic team of Chemists and Engineers in assessing the performance and material condition of plant processes, such as gas and water cooling systems that support the safe operation of two nuclear reactors. Two project options have been identified for the successful applicant: Firstly, the development of analytical techniques that enhance quantification of metal loss from boiler and stator components whilst in service. This project would support/inform investment that targets improvement in reliability and longevity of station critical assets. Secondly, understanding the impact of an intermittent hypochlorite dosing strategy on the rate of marine fouling in sea water cooling systems. Applicants should identify where their specific interests lie in respect of these two areas.

In addition to this project-specific work, your routine work will include analysing plant samples of water, gas and oil as per the requirements set out in the company’s technical governance arrangements.

You will apply your skills to enhance the department’s capability to analyse plant conditions accurately and therefore provide better solutions to plant challenges based on a greater understanding of root cause and causal factors.

Skills required include

  • Transferable skills in chemical analysis and techniques
  • Capable of working autonomously with the ability to resolve technical challenges and develop solutions

Anticipated business benefits

The extra capacity allows for resilience in the Department’s function during periods of leave/absence or during plant transients that require intensive chemistry resource. During periods of stability you will assist chemistry engineers to perform their role by completing more routine activities. All of these factors have in recent years aided the department’s ability to identify plant anomalies and resolve these before any impact on performance is incurred.

The placement offers technical projects that add value to the department’s business plan objectives. For example, recent projects have focussed on the optimisation of sea water dosing and development of analytical techniques that support/enhance station lifetime calculations. Both of these areas have enhanced Station performance in the areas of controllable costs and equipment reliability/lifetime of decay heat boilers.

Anticipated benefits to the individual

  • Unique opportunity to apply your academic training to genuine problems that are faced in the energy industry
  • Work with other team members who have completed a degree in recent years
  • Earn an equivalent full-time salary of £15,000
  • Gain invaluable experience that complements your degree scheme
  • Work within the energy sector, one of the most vibrant industries
  • Spend time within different functions of the plant, as well as on project-based work within a specialist topic
  • Potential to join the EDF graduate scheme after the placement

What are the timings and key dates?

The industrial placements will begin no earlier than the end of September 2017 and last for up to twelve months. Deadline for submission of applications is midnight, 5th February 2017. First stage interviews will take place on 13th, 14th and 15th February 2017 at Lancaster University, with two members of staff from the Faculty of Science and Technology. A shortlist will be provided to Heysham 2 of those applicants that are being recommended for assessment by EDF Energy. Representatives from Heysham 2 will be in touch to arrange interviews with those people they would like to meet.

Who is eligible to apply?

Any student or former student of Lancaster University is eligible to apply. For current students, this can be taken as a year-out, through what is known as intercalation. Intercalation allows a temporary suspension of student status for a number of reasons. If your academic department offers a sandwich course, this may fulfil that element. For those who are about to or have already graduated, this could provide a step into working in the energy sector.

What will I be paid?

Salary is in the range of £15K.

How to apply

Submit a CV and cover letter, addressing the specific requirements of the role for which you’re applying, to:

Pam Pickles, Student Employability Manager: p.pickles@lancaster.ac.uk

Before the deadline of 5th February 2017

Supporting your application

The central Careers team are available for you to arrange expert feedback on your application and provide mock interviews. We would encourage all applicants to make full use of the Careers resource to be in with the best possible chance of succeeding in your application. Details on the full range of resources available to you are here: http://www.lancaster.ac.uk/careers/

Further Information and Networking Event

We are hosting an informal event for students to find out more information, with the opportunity to learn more about the company and the roles, including a talk from a successful member of the 2016/17 Lancaster University and EDF Energy Placement Scheme. This will be a unique opportunity to understand how to make a strong application as well as what EDF are looking for in their future workforce.

It will take place on the evening of Monday 30th January 2017 at 6pm in the Management School. We are also offering Q&A time to the audience with free soup and informal networking. For this reason, only students who have registered on Target Connect before the event will be eligible to attend (by Thursday 26th January at noon). Due to high interest at previous events, early booking is strongly advised.

Target Connect Leap Link to the event page


Six discipline areas have been identified by EDF Energy as having a need to be fulfilled (the above is one of those), however funding has been secured to recruit four individuals. Therefore, upon the power station interviewing for all six roles, it is understood that they will select the four strongest candidates. This means that certain discipline areas will not be recruited to. Funding for this scheme may be reduced or withdrawn at any time at the discretion of EDF Energy / Heysham 2 power station.