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Researcher - BBC Studios Landmark Science Series, Glasgow

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios, The Science Unit, Glasgow, are looking for highly motivated Researchers for The Greatest Show on Earth (4 x 50’) a brand new landmark science series for international broadcast, currently in production and expanding its team starting February 2020.

This ambitious series will capture some of the planet’s most spectacular phenomena in new and innovative ways, and explore what they reveal about how the Earth works. It will combine awe-inspiring visuals, actuality and engaging science content. 

The Researchers will originate and facilitate the production of high-end, visually outstanding specialist factual content.

Role Responsibility

  • Identify and develop compelling, original storylines based around spectacular natural phenomena, the challenge of capturing them innovatively on camera, and the science behind them.
  • Research and organise complex international shoots, source locations, liaise with fixers, identify relevant contributors, negotiate access, identify and manage logistical factors which may impact the shooting schedule.
  • Manage access and relationships with contributors and team prior to filming and on location.
  • Manage complex logistics prior to filming and on location.
  • Research stories thoroughly, check all factual details, undertake background research, obtaining verification from a variety of sources
  • Manage positive working relationships with the wider team, contributors, other departments, suppliers & partners (internal & external), ensuring the BBC maintains excellent relationships throughout.
  • Proactively contribute to the creative direction of the series, both editorially and visually.
  • Ensure full compliance with Editorial guidelines and all aspects of Health & Safety.
  • Data wrangle on location and at base.
  • Support production of social media content.

Are you the right candidate?

  • Significant experience as a Researcher on primetime productions with specialist factual content.
  • Experience of researching and setting up complex international shoots desirable. Experience of setting up and filming in remote locations desirable.
  • Enthusiastic and creative self-starter with the initiative and tenacity to deliver results.
  • Evidence of self-shooting 2nd camera desirable. Familiarity with camera equipment.
  • Open to learning to use new camera technology.
  • Experience of writing clear, concise content notes and briefs. Ability to sift through complicated scientific or logistical information and distill the most important points and their relevance to the editorial priorities.
  • A strong communicator with ability to simplify complex problems and suggest effective solutions.
  • Effective planning and organising skills. Ability to work under pressure and make fast measured decisions – reacting positively to changes and conflicting priorities, whilst maintaining standards of accuracy and attention to detail when working to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to problem-solve on location.
  • Ability to work well in a team and maintain positive relationships with contributors and the team in challenging circumstances.
  • Knowledge of BBC Editorial policy guidelines and Health & Safety.
  • Able to demonstrate judgement on appropriate referral of issues to more experienced members of the production team.
  • Competent understanding and experience of data management on location.

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: 6 month attachment/fixed term contract/freelance PAYE

Start date: February 2020
Location: BBC Scotland, Glasgow

Interviews will be held in the week commencing 2nd December 2019

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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