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Senior Scientist - Audio

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

Job Introduction

This exciting and important role is placed within Research & Development, which is part of BBC Future Media. We are looking for a first class expert to conduct and lead audio research as part of our audio research team and the BBC Audio Research Partnership.

BBC R&D has a worldwide reputation for contributing and leading: engineering, research and development of many of the key broadcast and media technologies that have been introduced over the last 50 years. Our team contains around 150 engineers, scientists and other disciplines, all working across a wide range of cutting-edge projects. We are looking to add a Senior Scientist to our team to lead research on new audio formats and technologies as part of an ambitious research programme.

Role Responsibility

As a Senior Scientist you will work as part of a research team investigating new approaches to audio content delivery and production in next generation broadcast services. You will conduct and lead research in the BBC Audio Research Partnership on a national and international level. A key area will be to formulate and develop new and innovative ideas in this field while evaluating new concepts and designs in the light of current and future workflows as well as audience experiences. As a Senior Scientist you are expected to provide your expertise and experience in other areas of R&D, sharing ideas and knowledge.


  • Conduct research to the highest of standards, leading audio research including future content creation to content consumption in interdisciplinary teams and projects.
  • Collaborate with our academic partners and mentor graduate engineers and students from MSc to PhD level..
  • Propose possible methods and techniques for projects, innovating where necessary, developing the required technical skill through training and self-development.
  • Carry out work in accordance to project plans and within the estimated costs and resources.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Extensive background in audio engineering and audio research and development which may include specialist knowledge in spatial sound capture and synthesis or digital processing for digital audio effects or semantic audio.
  • A good knowledge and understanding in psychoacoustic and subjective evaluation of systems and algorithms.
  • Software development skills using at least two of the following technologies: C/C++, HTML5, WebAudioAPI, JavaScript, XML, iOS, Android, Python, Java, Ruby, MATLAB.


In addition to your CV we would also like you to answer the following questions:

  • Please demonstrate that you have a proven track record in research and audio engineering.
  • Describe the extent of your experience in perceptual evaluation.
  • Give details of any experience you have of sound in a media production environment.
  • Describe the extent of your experience in software development, with specific examples of projects that you have worked on.

Interviews are expected to be held in January 2014

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