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Designer, Research and Development

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Job Introduction

The future of technology and media is exciting, but impossible to predict. How will your passion for and expertise in design help us invent the future?

The Internet Research and Future Services group is part of BBC Research & Development that builds prototypes and develops original research to understand how the Internet will change the world of broadcasting and media. We work with most digital platforms and BBC services by combining emerging technologies, business needs and user behaviours to develop applied research. We believe that the best way to think about ideas and problems is to create things and develop concrete examples - we do this to learn, influence and shape.

Role Responsibility

As a User Experience Designer in the UX team, you will help to define the research objectives within your projects that build on today’s research insights. You will work with other designers, software engineers and producers to create and evaluate user experience prototypes that explore and demonstrate the opportunities to invent the future.

The Ideal Candidate


You have an outstanding portfolio you can share with us.  Ideally it shows work on mobile, tablets, web and TV.

You want to get your teeth into fascinating design challenges, and you meet them with excellent design communication.

Your specialism will help define user journeys and to iterate the development and refinement of interface wireframes and user flows to create prototypes that are intuitive and elegant in their simplicity.

You will endeavour to understand the goals of the project and be able to break larger tasks into manageable steps, which help you achieve them. You prefer to work iteratively and to share your work with the project team as it evolves.

You will have experience of creating several forms of prototypes, including paper wireframes and clickable interactive prototypes. We welcome other methods to communicate your ideas such as video prototypes.

You care passionately about representing the users you design for, and you have a natural curiosity about them.  You want to design not just the best thing, but also the right thing for them. You will have experience of testing your designs with users and be able to form recommendations based on what you have learned.

Of course you know how to use Adobe Creative Suite products, but more importantly, you’re happy to pick up whatever new package best suits the task at hand.  The same goes for the new devices that your designs might appear on.

You can pitch your work, and sell it to all sorts of people. You’ll have an instinct for balancing the BBC’s needs with users’ needs, and you’ll be able to work with a diverse group of disciplines and perspectives.

You’ve got a great degree in interaction design – or you have the equivalent on-the-job experience.

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