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R&D Engineer

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Job Introduction

Do you have a flair for creative problem solving combined with solid hands-on software engineering skills? Do you revel in the technical detail as well as the bigger architectural picture?

BBC Research & Development is at the heart of helping the BBC become an Internet centric broadcaster and embrace new forms of content and story-telling, interactivity and personalisation.

As an R&D Engineer, you will be part of a team responsible for defining, creating and deploying new platforms that enable us to take BBC R&D’s ideas out of the lab and onto media devices in the home.

Your engineering skills will be used to design and develop that future media platform and you will collaborate with colleagues across BBC Research & Development to put it to practical use.

Find out more about the work we do at 

Role Responsibility

This role is within a team in the Broadcast and Connected Systems section of BBC R&D. We are based in two labs, one is West London and the other in MediaCity UK in Salford. This role is based in West London.

  • Apply creative thinking, analysis and good judgement to propose innovative solutions to technical problems, which may involve a range of diverse approaches.
  • Produce and test prototype implementations of systems to help answer research questions.
  • Contribute to the transfer of results of work to the wider BBC, e.g. in the form of systems for operational use or advice, or to wider industry in the form of e.g. inputs to standards bodies, open source software, or licensing to manufacturers, in order 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, and opportunities for external-facing output such as conference papers and blog posts.
  • Provide information to help the BBC and its external partners make the best decisions, within own field of expertise.
  • Collaborate with groups across the BBC and externally on clearly-defined projects to achieve results beyond what would be possible within the local team.
  • Identify and follow up opportunities for learning and development to ensure skill set meets evolving requirements and stay at the forefront of relevant scientific and technology areas.

Are you the right candidate?

To be an R&D engineer you should have:

  • The ability to do highly 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 oral communication skills, able to promote ideas by logical argument and capable of presenting the results of a project in a clear and effective manner.
  • Awareness of emerging trends and developments in relevant technologies.
  • Knowledge of current standards and practices in software engineering.
  • Demonstrable interest in the convergence of broadcast and internet technologies.
  • Desire and ability to quickly learn new skills, tools and software stacks and develop your own expertise and understanding.

To be the right person for our team, you should also have:

  • Practical knowledge or expertise in web standards and web technologies (e.g. browser APIs, HTTP, ReST) and the IP stack and protocols (e.g. UDP, TCP, HTTP).
  • Good software development skills in client and server -side high-level languages such as nodejs, JavaScript and Python.
  • Practical experience using and developing for the Linux operating system.

Ideally, we also hope you can offer:


  • Experience with version control, testing and continuous integration.
  • Experience developing for virtualised and cloud environments and use of containerisation.
  • Practical knowledge or expertise in:
    • languages such as C/C++, and shell scripting
    • media streaming (e.g. MPEG DASH)
    • browser engine integration
    • embedded Linux.

Package Description

Band: C 
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, 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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