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Researcher Pool, BBC Studios - The Science Unit

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

Job Introduction

BBC Studios is the main TV production arm of the BBC. It is a major supplier of high quality content and the source of many creative and inspiring programmes. The Science Unit teams are based in London and Glasgow. We make a broad range of science programming for the BBC as well as other major suppliers. We are a large, vibrant unit and are looking for people from all backgrounds to come and work with us.

The Science Unit Researcher pool is an opportunity for candidates to express their interest in working within our award winning teams. Joining our researcher pool will enable you to be offered work as and when opportunities arise.  Appointment to the pool will not enable candidates to permanent contracts in the BBC, those will have to be applied for in the normal way, and neither does it guarantee work.

The Talent Pool serves as a database of researchers who we feel have the necessary skills and experience to work with us, and forms a group of candidates that we will consider as a priority should a short-term (non-permanent) researcher position become vacant.

A science background is desirable, but not essential, as well as evidence of a keen interest in science programming.

Please note: These are not entry level roles. 

These roles are London or Glasgow based.  Please state if either/both locations would suit you.

Due to the Covid19 outbreak and restrictions around social distancing this role would entail working from home until our offices re-open. Please do not apply if you are unable to work in London or Glasgow once any restrictions are lifted.

Role Responsibility

You will assist in the planning and production of content across a variety of platforms; researching accurately when producing original content in keeping with an editorial brief, and conduct rigorous fact-checking from a variety of sources. Suggesting, developing and researching appropriate ideas and presenting these to the producer/line manager for feedback and review. In addition you will support the Producer/Director and Production Management team in the planning of shoots and help to manage any last minute on location shoots to ensure the success of the shoot both editorially and technically. You will source contributors, experts and talent as required and maintain consistent and professional communication with them.  

Are you the right candidate?

  • In order to apply for this pool, you should have at least 2 recent television researcher credits
  • A science background is desirable, but not essential, as well as evidence of a keen interest in science programming
  • Strong analytical thinking and the ability to assess complex information to provide accurate and engaging summaries of research
  • Excellent interpersonal verbal and written skills and the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with a wide variety of internal and external colleagues and contributors
  • A good understanding of the clearance of all copyright material, including archive, music and stills
  • An awareness of BBC's diverse audiences and their needs and expectations and use this to shape creative and engagement output

Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Fixed Term 
Location: London or Glasgow 

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 (1 of which is a corporation day) with the option to buy an extra 5 days, a defined pension scheme and discounted dental, health care, gym and much more.

The situation regarding the coronavirus outbreak is developing quickly and the BBC is keen to continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of people across the BBC, while continuing to protect our services. To reduce the risk access to BBC buildings is limited to those essential to our broadcast output. From Wednesday 18th March until further notice all assessments and interviews will be conducted remotely. For more information go to

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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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