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R&D Engineer - Broadcast and Connected Systems

Job details
Posting date: 22 August 2019
Salary: Not specified
Additional salary information: Competitive
Hours: Part time
Closing date: 21 September 2019
Location: london
Company: BBC
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 43140

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BBC R&D has a worldwide reputation for contributing to, and leading, the engineering, research and development of many of the key broadcast and media technologies. The research work is mainly on new technologies which are expected to be rolled out over a 1 to 5 years timescale and require both in depth theoretical knowledge and a practical approach to potential deployment. BBC R&D is based in two main labs, one in London and one in MediaCityUK, Salford.

You’ll be working as an R&D Engineer in the Broadcast and Connected Systems section of BBC R&D.

This section works across industry shaping and defining connected digital television platforms and seeking opportunities to exploit them with innovative new services.

The team you’ll be working in has responsibility for the technical design, assurance and optimisation of the BBC's technical output on broadcast platforms and defining the future shape of our hybrid TV platforms. You’ll be engaging with engineers and stakeholders that run our distribution platforms as well as working on new projects and ideas as part of the BBC R&D function. Projects you will work on will generally produce an audience benefit within 12 months. As R&D Engineer you may be working on testing and evaluating new broadcast equipment, working on specifications for service discovery or media and data distribution, and building prototype software to evaluate solutions. You may also be called upon to provide deep analysis of our systems and services to produce robustness and continuity recommendations and service improvements.


  • Apply creative thinking, analysis and good judgement to propose innovative solutions to technical problems, which may involve a range of diverse approaches
  • Produce and test prototype implementations of systems to help answer research questions
  • Evaluate technology through activities such as programme trials, lab tests and user tests in order to determine its suitability and effectiveness
  • Document results primarily for an audience within the department or wider BBC, with occasional external-facing output such as conference papers and blog posts
  • Grow and use your knowledge of broadcast or IP/web standards and technologies to work with colleagues across the BBC and industry
  • Contribute to the transfer of results of work to the wider BBC, e.g. in the form of systems for operational use or advice to wider industry
  • Collaborate with groups across the BBC and externally on clearly-defined projects to achieve results beyond what would be possible within the local team
  • Work with other companies to define technical standards for the future

You’ll ideally have research or development background in broadcast or IP distribution technologies, or a knowledge of application/middleware architecture of TV devices or Set-top boxes. Whether your strengths lean toward broadcast technology or IP content distribution and applications you will be keen to broaden and deepen your knowledge. We want an R&D engineer that can identify and resolve important problems and research questions using creativity and inventiveness and is ready to get hands-on with our broadcast and IP distribution infrastructure. You’ll have some experience of using software development at least as a tool for evaluation/experimentation/learning purposes (rather than software development being the primary purpose of the role).

You’re enthusiastic, curious and full of ideas. You keep up to speed with industry trends and technology developments.


  • Experience of, or a strong demonstrable interest in, broadcast engineering, IP media distribution or smart/hybrid TV application technologies and middleware.
  • Awareness of issues around broadcast engineering, IP media distribution or TV device architecture and middleware such as:
    • using IP technology in broadcast-critical environments
    • coding and distribution of media over broadcast and/or IP
    • smart TV device architecture and design
    • viewer facing content description models and system level metadata flows
  • Creative flair to envisage how technology could be improved and to invent new things, together with analytical skills and an attention to detail to tackle difficult problems.
  • Some experience of software development (Java, JavaScript, Python)
  • A desire to learn new skills.


  • Working knowledge of one or more of DVB systems and associated systems engineering, including MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video compression, audio compression and multiplexing or systems used to create and distribute accessibility features (subtitles, audio description)
  • Knowledge of TV industry standards for content distribution or viewer facing application technologies

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