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Research & Development Engineer

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Job Introduction

BBC Research and Development are looking to recruit a talented R&D Engineer/Technologist to join their audio research team. This team collaborates with both industry and academia, shaping and defining next-generation audio for broadcast and looking to apply this to innovative new services.  This involves developing new technologies and experiences for the BBC's audio output on all platforms. The team’s work includes audio quality assessment, future audio formats, spatial audio, and semantic audio. Projects typically have a 6-month to 3-year time-scale.

Role Responsibility

As an R&D Engineer/Technologist you will be responsible for research & development projects; either small projects that stand alone, or parts of larger projects where you will work with a Senior Technologist or Senior Scientist.  These projects may deliver hardware or software systems, technical standards, or research knowledge.


You will also be required to provide technical advice and consultancy within your own field of expertise. R&D Engineers may be asked to work in different teams during their time at BBC R&D.


The Ideal Candidate

  1. Essential: Algorithm development and signal processing using prototyping environments (MATLAB or similar) and translation of prototypes and algorithms into real-time systems.
  2. Essential: Significant software development experience with at least two of the following environments: HTML5, Javascript, WebAudioAPI, XML, iOS, Android, Python, Java.
  3. Essential: Significant software development experience, for major operating systems (including Linux and OS X), which should include use of C, C++, and/or C#, and development of applications and shared libraries.
  4. Essential: A degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, Physics or a similar relevant science or engineering subject.
  5. Essential: Ability to follow and implement methods and techniques specified in appropriate industry standards and scientific research papers.
  6. An ability to identify and resolve important problems and research questions in cutting-edge technology; using inventiveness, creativity and technical development work of the highest quality.
  7. Specific knowledge or experience of professional audio systems and associated systems engineering.
  8. Knowledge of standards and audio formats used within a broadcast infrastructure and networks.
  9. Knowledge of auditory perception and audio-specific digital signal processing.
  10. Knowledge of audio compression systems.
  11. Ability to design, evaluate and test broadcast systems, adopting a systems engineering approach.
  12. Ability to rapidly acquire new software skills and to work with new technologies with little documentation or support.
  13. Good understanding of audio production and post-production workflows.
  14. Ability to work collaboratively with other R&D staff and teams to help achieve shared strategic aims.
  15. Capability of working in partnerships across the broadcast industry and with academic partners.


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