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Senior R&D Engineer

Job Introduction

BBC R&D is at the forefront of many of the new broadcast and media technologies. Our research work focuses on new technologies that are expected to be rolled out over the next 5 years. We are proud of the fact that we have both the theoretical knowledge and practical approach to turn our work into a reality.  We are based in two main labs, one in London and one in MediaCityUK, Salford.

Role Responsibility

You'll be working as a Senior R&D Engineer in the Broadcast and Connected Systems team based in London.

This team works with partners across the BBC and industry, shaping and defining internet connected digital television platforms, which support our iPlayer and interactive Red Button products, and seeking opportunities to develop innovative new services.

The team you'll be working in is responsible for developing, proving and helping to deploy industry standard solutions for efficiently and reliably delivering high quality media (including access services) over the open Internet, meeting the BBC's needs for current and future media formats and client platforms.  You should get to see an impact of your work on audiences within 1-2 years and your work will help shape the devices used to watch television in the future.

The Ideal Candidate

You'll ideally have a background in development or research of IP distribution technologies. You will have knowledge and experience of several aspects of internet content distribution and consumption, such as relevant internet standards, content distribution networks, cloud computing platforms, broadband or mobile networking, adaptive bitrate technologies such as MPEG DASH or HLS, MPEG AVC and HEVC video compression, audio codecs, ISO Base Media File Format, MPEG Common Media Applications Format, HTML5 video element, W3C Media Source Extensions, and Linux systems. Experience working with standards bodies would also be desirable.

Wherever your strengths lie you are keen to learn. We are looking for someone who can identify and resolve problems and research questions creatively and isn't afraid to get hands-on writing software, building pilot systems or running tests to evaluate novel approaches. You'll be able to use your knowledge of video and audio standards to work together with colleagues in R&D and across the BBC and industry.

You're enthusiastic and full of ideas. You’re interested in this field of work, and are naturally curious, so you read up on industry trends and technology developments.

Package Description

Career progression at the BBC offers great opportunities for ambitious individuals to seek new challenges and work on many different and varied projects.

Unrivalled training and development opportunities our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.

Top tech – within R&D you are able to work with the latest technology

Work with world leading domain specialists, many of which come from academia and continue to maintain close ties to research institutions

A vibrant digital community we have a strong focus on continuous improvement and engineering excellence. We host regular talks from internal and external speakers, and provide opportunities to attend industry events and conferences.

Benefits - We offer a competitive salary package, a flexible 35-hour working week for work-life balance and 26 days holiday with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

About the Company

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups.  We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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