Senior R&D Engineer - Mobile Systems - 9 month Fixed Term Contract/Attachment

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Job Introduction

BBC Research & Development is an internationally recognised leader in many fields of media-related technologies. We're looking for a bright, enthusiastic and motivated systems engineer to lead the creation and configuration of a flexible 5G Core research network test system that will help us to understand mobile technologies and shape the way the BBC uses 5G to support its future service ambitions.

Role Responsibility

Working within a small team of research engineers across the R&D department who specialise in networking systems and protocols for content distribution, and who actively participate in relevant standardisation groups, the successful candidate will be able to rapidly integrate new knowledge with existing experience in this area and bring it to bear in novel combinations to solve practical problems, mount demonstrations and run technical trials. A working knowledge of current 5G standards will be an advantage.


Once the testbed is commissioned and operational, the role is expected to change to one of prototyping novel service configurations and this is likely to involve extending the test system’s set of capabilities, potentially in collaboration with external partners. Strong software development skills are therefore highly desirable too, as well as experience of open source development methodologies and tools. Effective written and spoken communication skills are also important to the role.

The Ideal Candidate

To be successful in this role, we are looking for the following skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of networking systems
  • Knowledge of 5G System architecture.
  • Practical experience of integrating laboratory prototypes.
  • Software development skills, including at least one compiled language (such as C/C++) and one interpreted (scripting) language (such as Python).
  • Data analysis skills.

Package Description

Band: D
Contract type: Fixed Term Contract/Attachment
Location: London, W12

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.

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