HDR Production R&D Engineer
BBC R&D has a worldwide reputation for contributing to, and leading, the engineering, research and development of many of the key broadcast and media technologies. The research work is mainly on new technologies which are expected to be rolled out over a 1 to 5 years timescale and require both in depth theoretical knowledge and a practical approach to potential deployment. BBC R&D is based in two main labs, one in London and one in MediaCityUK, Salford.
You’ll be working as an R&D Engineer in the Broadcast and Connected Systems section of BBC R&D.
This section works across industry, shaping and defining connected digital television platforms and seeking opportunities to exploit them with innovative new services.
The team you’ll be working in has responsibility for creating an Ultra HD TV eco-system for programme production and exchange. Our aim is to ensure the best possible quality of experience for viewers receiving UHD services at home, within the parameters of the new format. The main focus of our current work is on delivering the wide colour gamut (WCG) high dynamic range (HDR) aspects of Ultra HD.
Different programme genres often require different production workflows - what works well for one programme will not necessarily work well for another. So as production teams start to trial HDR production, your role will be to support them through developing, testing and documenting workflows and tools that allow them to deliver the very best UHD HDR experiences, in a cost-effective manner.
You will need to keep abreast of market developments relating to Ultra HD; and as new cameras, codecs, wider colour gamut displays and higher frame rate equipment enter the market, devise experiments to test their capabilities, understand the impact they have on other parts of the TV chain and advise on their usage.
Find out more about the work we do at https://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/projects/high-dynamic-range
Are you the right candidate?
You will have a knowledge of media processing and an interest picture quality considerations. You should have some software experience, ideally in C++, CUDA or MATLAB, but it is not essential. Hands-on experience of production and production equipment would also be helpful, but is not essential. An appreciation of the principles of colour science, human vision and video compression would also be useful.
Most importantly you should be enthusiastic, curious and full of ideas.
An R&D Engineer should have the ability to:
- Apply creative thinking, analysis and good judgement to propose innovative solutions to technical problems, which may involve a range of diverse approaches.
- Contribute to the transfer of results of work to the wider BBC in the form of systems for operational use or advice or to wider industry in the form of inputs to standards bodies, open source software, or licensing to manufacturers, to ensure that the work has an impact.
- Evaluate technology through activities such as programme trials, lab tests and user tests in order to determine its suitability and effectiveness.
- Document results primarily for an audience within their department or wider BBC, with occasional external-facing output such as conference papers and blog posts.
Knowledge, skills, training and experience:
- A degree (or equivalent experience) in computer science, electronic engineering, maths, physics, psychology, human-computer interaction, data science or a similar relevant science, engineering or technical subject.
- Experience of conducting project work involving research, development and/or user testing of technology, including aspects of innovative thinking, problem solving and documenting results in written reports, under the guidance of a supervisor.
- Knowledge of current standards and practices in broadcast or software engineering, human-computer interaction and/or behavioural scientific research.
- Capable of original work together with an enquiring mind with well-developed analytical and investigative skills.
- The judgement necessary to choose the best solution to a complex problem.
- Good written and spoken communication skills, able to promote ideas by logical argument and capable of presenting the results of a project in a clear and effective manner.
- Ability to acquire new skills and to work with new tools and technologies with little documentation or support.
- Able to travel in UK and internationally on BBC business as required.
Contract type: Permanent
Location: London, W12
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.
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