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Research and Development Industrial Placement

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

Job Introduction

Have you recently completed a degree course in a numerical or scientific subject?

Or are you looking for an Industrial Placement for 6/12 months before you return to finish your degree?

Then an Industrial Placement within BBC R&D could be ideal for you!

This is an exceptional opportunity for candidates with a passion for technology to join our award-winning teams within Research & Development, which is part of BBC Design & Engineering. We have a worldwide reputation for contributing and leading the engineering research and development of many of the key broadcast and media technologies that have been introduced over the last 50 years.

Role Responsibility

This industrial placement will help degree students or post-graduates (or others with equivalent experience) to gain industrial experience for a period of 6 or 12 months. We offer you on-the-job training, in which you will be given a project to complete depending on how your skills match the available projects.

Our work covers the full breadth of broadcast, media and web technologies, so you could be working on hardware or software development in areas such as audio and video signal processing, computer vision, video coding, IP and broadcast distribution, and the development of new kinds of user experience including interactive and immersive content. You could also become involved with implementation – working with BBC professionals to put technology developments into practice in the organisation. Therefore, we are also interested in students who have a sense of how the media business operates.

Asa well as working with some of the world’s most highly-regarded technical experts in the fields of broadcast and media, you may also have the chance to work with BBC programme makers, giving the role an exciting blend of technology and creativity. Recent examples include our work with academics to analyse music from the charts over the last 50 years for ‘The Secret Science of Pop’, building an AR Sandpit for a Horizon programme on Mars, and working on binaural audio for Dr Who.

We have two labs – one in west London and one at MediaCity in Salford (near Manchester). Each lab covers a broad range of projects, and is cross-disciplinary, with engineers, computer scientists, mathematicians, physicists, user experience scientists, designers and web developers collaborating to design, create and evaluate new ways of serving our audience.

We value diversity in our staff, as a creative opportunity to embrace, respond to and be relevant to the totality of the UK’s audiences, so we encourage applications from all genders and backgrounds.

The experience you will gain will be very useful when applying for subsequent roles in broadcast and media technology, including our Graduate R&D Engineer scheme.

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The Ideal Candidate


  • You will be on (or have already completed) a degree course in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics, UX, interaction design, HCI, Data Science (or a closely related subject), or to have a broad range of demonstrable equivalent knowledge and experience. A minimum 2:1 expected or achieved result is essential.
  • You will have an informed knowledge of and passion for the technologies involved in a media organisation. This includes the production or delivery of radio, TV, on-line, mobile or Interactive content.
  • You will have experience of using computers as research and development tools, with knowledge of software development.


  • You will have a track record in projects involving one or more of software, electronic engineering, Human-Computer Interaction or behavioural scientific research, gained through project work either as part of a relevant degree, extra-curricular activities or employment experience.
  • You will be aware of industry trends and developments.

Package Description


We offer a very competitive salary of about £16,000 (outside London) or £20,560 (inside London). You will be eligible for 25 days annual leave.

Please note that you will not find out whether your application is through to the next stage until February at the earliest.

About the Company

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. You’ll be asked questions relating to the BBC Values as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.

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