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Research & Development Engineer - All Levels

Job Introduction

At BBC R&D you can expect to work closely with partners across industry and academia to conduct award-winning, scientifically rigorous research. You will also have unique opportunities to collaborate with BBC programme-makers and apply your research to some of the world's best-loved media brands.

We aim to recruit the very best engineers, research technologists and usability experts and we are always looking for outstanding candidates in these areas. Our work draws upon a wide range of skills, including software engineering, web development, network and cloud computing, machine learning, broadcast technology, audio and video processing and user experience.

BBC Research & Development are looking for software engineers, Linux System Engineers to join a team building cloud computing systems at our North Lab at MediaCityUK.  The division looks 1 to 5 years ahead and is respected for its work at the cutting edge of the media industry. Our cloud computing work is focussing on understanding what the infrastructure to support new generations of IP oriented and software-defined media might look like. Some examples of related work can be found here 

Why not watch our career video on R&D to get a better insight into the culture at R&D. 

We're currently looking for:

  • Software Engineers
  • Senior Software Engineer - Cloud Infrastructure 
  •  Linux System Engineer
  • Senior DevOps Engineer 

These roles are working in a team who are responsible for developing cloud infrastructure architectures and investigating how the necessary performance, reliability and manageability can be achieved to meet our media workflow use cases. We run a test environment in a well-equipped laboratory setting and are deploying a private cloud infrastructure to support some of the wider research work undertaken in BBC R&D.

These opportunities are ideal for candidates who wish to develop their knowledge and experience of applying DevOps techniques to the provisioning and management of all aspects of IT infrastructure including networking equipment, bare metal servers and the more usual operating system and software application configuration tasks.

Role Responsibility

  • Work collaboratively as part of a small team to solve technical and architectural issues encountered during designing, 
  • Develop automation tooling (predominantly Ansible) and use these tools to deploy software components in order to build, monitor and maintain our cloud infrastructure
  • Engage with and contribute to the wider  community to share our work and improve open source components.
  • Debug networking, operating system and application level problems and create bug-fixes as necessary
  • Debug networking, operating system and application level problems and create bug-fixes as necessary
  • Supervision and mentoring of junior engineers.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Experience of Linux systems (Ubuntu), operating system installation (PXEboot), configuration and administration
  • Experience in at least one of the following languages Bash, Python, Perl
  • Knowledge and experience running web servers (Apache/NGINX) and related modules.
  • Understanding of network fundamentals (LAN, WAN) including IP addressing, DNS, DHCP
  • Understanding of Configuration Management systems (Ansible) and version control (Git)

We don’t expect you to have all of the above skills, training and mentoring is available as necessary. An ability to demonstrate curiosity for this field of work, a willingness to learn, and problem-solving skills are as important as specific technical knowledge.

Package Description

Band: C,D
Contract type: Full time 
Location: Salford 

We’re happy to discuss flexible working. Please indicate your choice under the flexible working question in the application. There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to. Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage.

  • Excellent career progression – the BBC offers great opportunities for employees to seek new challenges and work in different areas of the organisation.
  • Unrivalled training and development opportunities – our in-house Academy hosts a wide range of internal and external courses and certification.
  • 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 BBC

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.

Diversity matters at the BBC. We have a working environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution, enabling all of our employees to thrive and achieve their full potential.

We want to attract the broadest range of talented people to be part of the BBC – whether that’s to contribute to our programming or our wide range of non-production roles. The more diverse our workforce, the better able we are to respond to and reflect our audiences in all their diversity. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexuality, social background, religion and/or belief. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles, unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.

To find out more about Diversity and Inclusion at the BBC, please click here



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