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Early Stage Researcher

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Job Introduction

BBC Future Media is currently recruiting for talented Early Stage Researchers to join our Research and Development Department (BBC R&D).

BBC Research & Development is part of BBC Future Media Division. R&D has a worldwide reputation for contributing and leading the engineering research and development of many of the key broadcast technologies that have been introduced over the last 50 years. The research work is mainly on new technologies which are expected to be rolled out over a 1 to 5 year timescale and they require both in depth theoretical knowledge and also a practical approach to potential deployment.

BBC R&D is based in three labs and this role will be based in the South Lab - Centre House in West London ( Teams work closely with a wide range of BBC, industrial and academic partners to develop solutions and research across our range of technologies.

Further information on the projects undertaken by Research & Development can be found at:

The PROVISION Marie Curie ITN programme integrates expertise from leading European academic and industrial investigators in the form of a unique training platform on perceptually optimised video compression technology. Within this programme, two talented researchers will join the Video Coding project team in the Distribution Core Technologies section of BBC R&D, which focuses on fundamental signal processing for broadcast, mobile and whitespace applications.

For more information on vacancies at PROVISION, please visit:

Role Responsibility

As an Early Stage Researcher you will work with the Video Coding project team in BBC R&D where you will be responsible for researching new compression tools based on perceptual properties of the human visual system and rate-quality optimisation process for efficient video encoding.

You will also be required to participate in the training programme organised by the ITN and a doctoral program (resulting in a PhD degree). Your PhD degree will be awarded on the basis of successful completion of the research work on this project. Your PhD fees will be covered by the project. The main part of the work will be carried out at BBC R&D (under supervision of Dr. Marta Mrak), while the work will also include a 4-month visit to Fraunhofer-Heinrich-Hertz-Institute Berlin, Germany (co-supervisor: Dr. Patrick Ndjiki-Nya).

By working at BBC R&D you will be involved in different stages of a project, from feasibility studies through to implementation. You’ll have every opportunity to develop your skills and see your ideas through to completion.

The Ideal Candidate

You will possess a PhD degree or first-class honours MSc or equivalent degree in Engineering, Physics or Mathematics to complement a strong background in signal processing and digital image / video technologies.

You’ll have an enquiring mind with well developed analytical and investigative skills and a good awareness of emerging trends and developments in relevant technology.

You will demonstrate the capability to produce highly original work and will have the ability and experience to choose the best solution to a research/engineering problem.

You will ideally offer a publication record in image/video research conferences and journals and contribution to video coding standardisation.

Programming experience in C/C++ applied to image/video processing is an essential requirement, while a good knowledge of Matlab is beneficial.

Marie Curie ITN Eligibility Conditions:

The candidate that applies for ITN project jobs at the BBC must not have resided or carried out his or her main activity in UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to their recruitment.

Experienced researchers must, at the time of the recruitment by the host organisation, be in possession of a doctoral degree or have at least four years of full-time equivalent research experience. Experienced researchers must also, at the time of recruitment by the host organisation, have less than five years full-time equivalent research experience.

Full-time equivalent research experience is measured from the date when a researcher obtained the degree which would formally entitle him or her to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided.

To ensure your application is considered, please include:

  -   a curriculum vitae including the contact details of at least two referees,

  -   copies of the university degrees obtained including detailed grades,

  -   a motivation letter describing your interest,

  -   and at least one recommendation letter.

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