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Researcher Talent Pool, BBC Studios, Glasgow

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Job Introduction

BBC Studios in Scotland are opening up an opportunity for experienced Researchers to join our talent pool.

BBC Studios in Scotland produce a range of factual content for broadcasters across the world. We are looking for people who share our passion for inspiring and educating others. Based at the BBC Scotland building in Glasgow, BBC Studios make a range of factual programmes including landmarks like Earth’s Natural Wonders and Operation Iceberg; documentaries exploring subjects such as sleep, weight loss and intelligence; popular series This Farming Life, Trust Me I’m a Doctor, Landward, Front Row Late; profile documentaries about famous artists including Raymond Briggs, Philip Pullman and Tracey Emin, and short films for the One Show. We are a large, vibrant department and look for people from all backgrounds, age and ability to come and work with us.

The BBC Studios Talent Pool is an opportunity for us to meet and select a number of candidates who we feel have the right skills, values and attitude to work with us. The successful candidates will form a pool of people that we give priority to when opportunities come up.

Role Responsibility

We look for Researchers who are resourceful, tenacious and inquisitive. The programmes we make cover a range of genres – arts, history, science and ob-doc - and we look for people who are passionate about those areas, even if they haven’t necessarily worked on similar programmes.

The role of Researcher is essential to production. We expect Researchers to cover a range of duties; researching and investigating subjects – conscientiously seeking out less obvious sources of information, sourcing contributors and experts to reflect a range of views, voices and perspectives, finding locations and supporting on location.

The result of this work can heavily influence the style, shape and tone of a programme. We therefore look for Researcher’s who use their initiative and creativity when performing these tasks and take pride to ensure the content is the best it can be.

Are you the right candidate?

We are looking for people who are inquisitive and enjoy learning about new subjects as well as the world around them. Given the varied nature of the responsibilities of the role, we need a range of people with different skills and characteristics that will enrich what we do.

We are looking for people who:

  • Have experience of working as Researcher within a Television, Radio or print
  • Have a positive attitude and enjoy solving problems
  • Are creative and detail focused
  • Have excellent communication skills - on the phone, in person and via email
  • Are able to use their own initiative with confidence, using judgement to escalate where necessary
  • An interest in the type of programmes and/or genres that we produce 
  • Are able to use IT proficiently, including a range of standard office software packages


Package Description

Band: B
Contract type: Various, casual - full time & part time
Location: 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.

If you wish to discuss any element of the role or have any adjustment requirements please contact


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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