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Junior Software Engineer - News Labs

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

News Labs is an innovation team that sits between BBC R&D and BBC News, we work to influence the future direction of audience experiences for News.

BBC News hopes to reach 500 million people worldwide by 2022 each week, and we need people who will help make that ambition a reality through delivering innovation into news.

Role Responsibility

We collaborate with editorial and product teams across the BBC as well as academic partners, and external research and design agencies. We want you to help us with the GoURMET (Global Under Resourced Media Translation research project, which is one of our external collaborations. You'll be helping create and maintain new translation technology by working with our project partners across Europe. This means working with teams across the BBC as well as our external project partners to develop and promote the emerging language technologies with which we are experimenting.


We work in short project cycles to create prototypes, demonstrate proofs of concept, test assumptions and gain early feedback. We're always looking for ways to improve and grow, through training, participation in industry hackathons, knowledge sharing and enabling a flexible working environment.


Much of our current work is built on full stack Javascript with some Python and mostly deployed via AWS, but we have the freedom to experiment with whichever technology works best for a project.

Are you the right candidate?

When writing your application please tell us about:

  • Your experience writing code in at least one language
  • Any projects where you have handled data; maybe you’ve worked with CSV files, handled JSON API responses or worked with databases, give us an example.
  • Designing for better user experiences (this could be research or purely design based)
  • Your interest in news and/or innovation
  • How you’ve contributed to a project from planning through to execution and delivery
  • Your ability to work flexibly within a team, taking on different roles as the project requires


In addition, you might also be able to tell us about one or more of these:

  • Your experience writing Javascript, TypeScript, Python or HTML/CSS
  • How you have made use of containerisation technologies in some of your previous projects
  • Your experience with research projects
  • Working in a Unix/Linux based environment
  • Using a Version Control System (such as Git)
  • Your experience of cloud-based technologies and services for software development
  • Your awareness of Agile techniques for software development, such as pair programming, TDD, sprint planning, retrospectives…

Package Description

Band: C
Contract type: 12m FTC
Location: London 

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 (1 of which is a corporation day) 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, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic 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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