Discipline Area: Environmental Safety


Description of role, including any specific skills required

Two project options have been identified that the team require resource to address: Firstly, perform an assessment of non-radioactive discharges and their associated limits against environmental quality standards and the Water Framework Directive. This project would support the transition of current discharge consents to the Environmental Permitting Regulations (2010) Permit format. The second project is to develop a waste mapping database to aid in the tracking of waste and associated finger-printing for radioactive assessment purposes. Applicants should identify where their specific interests lie in respect of these two areas.

The Environmental Safety Group provides the station with radiological control and protection services and sets and monitors standards for environmental protection. You will provide support to the environmental protection and radiological protection teams, assisting with routine and emergent work. This is likely to include routine measurements and monitoring, producing and updating documentation and contributing to improvement work.

You should have some knowledge of environmental legislation, measurement and monitoring techniques for radioactive or non-radioactive determinands or some radiological protection experience. You will also have the ability to work independently, taking responsibility for resolution of organisational and technical challenges to deliver their given objectives.

Appropriate training will be given, enhancing your academic knowledge, and it is expected that this will be applied within the industrial work environments to deliver work safely and efficiently.

Anticipated business benefits

The industrial placement is a well-established role within the Environmental Safety group, supporting our technical oversight and compliance activities. Following appropriate training, the role allows routine tasks to be undertaken in a consistent manner, relieving pressure on the group during intensive work periods. This allows environmental safety engineers to concentrate on specialist work and compliance activities. In addition, business plan improvement work is often delivered using the placement resource and several improvement projects have been identified for completion during the placement period. 

Anticipated benefits to the individual

  • Gain experience in applying their academic training to real environmental protection
  • 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.