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Media Streaming R&D Engineer

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

Job Introduction

Are you a creative thinker who enjoys tackling technical problems where the solutions are unknown?  Are you willing to learn new skills to solve a problem that no-one has worked on before?

At BBC R&D, we invent ways in which people will be entertained in future and work out how to deliver services to our viewers over the internet using the latest technology.

We’re looking for someone combining a flair for problem solving with practical software development skills to bring your ideas to our team of engineers working to improve the BBC’s internet streaming services for the future

Role Responsibility

This role falls within the Broadcast and Connected Systems section of the BBC R&D lab in London in a supportive and collaborative team focussed on the reliable delivery of media at scale over the open Internet.  Responsibilities include:

  • Applying creative thinking, analysis and good judgement to propose innovative solutions to technical problems
  • Bringing new ideas to the field of media delivery, shaping how BBC services are delivered in future
  • Developing and testing prototype software to help answer research questions
  • Transferring results of work to other parts of the BBC or the wider industry (including giving advice, influencing international standards, contributing to Open Source software, all the way to building software and systems for operational use)
  • Evaluating technology through trials and user tests to determine its suitability and effectiveness
  • Documenting and disseminating results both within BBC and through conference papers and blog posts as appropriate
  • Providing information to help the BBC and its external partners make the best decisions
  • Gaining co-operation and collaborating with groups of outside R&D to achieve results beyond what would be possible within R&D alone

Are you the right candidate?

  • A creative flair to envisage how technology could be improved and to invent new things, together with analytical skills and an attention to detail to tackle difficult problems
  • Knowledge and experience of several areas relevant to internet content distribution and consumption, such as:
    • relevant internet standards
    • content distribution networks
    • cloud computing platforms
    • broadband or mobile networking
    • adaptive bitrate technologies (e.g. MPEG DASH, HLS)
    • video and audio codecs
    • media packaging formats (e.g. ISO BMFF)
    • HTML5 video element and Media Source Extensions
    • IP protocols
    • Linux systems.
  • Good software development skills and experience in at least one modern programming language
  • An understanding of how TV and radio services are delivered to web browsers and mobile devices
  • Experience of client-side web development (web APIs, HTML, CSS and JavaScript) and associated network protocols.  A thorough understanding of media APIs would be beneficial.
  • A desire to work with other companies to define technical standards for the future
  • Preferably, a background in development or research of IP media distribution technologies
  • A desire to learn new skills

We’re 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 build your knowledge of video and audio standards and use it to work together with colleagues in R&D and across the BBC and industry.

Package Description

Band: D 
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.

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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