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British Broadcasting Corporation - Senior R&D Engineer - Audio

Posted On: 2017-8-3
Location: Manchester, UK


We’re looking for a talented R&D engineer to join the Audio team within BBC R&D in Salford, to work primarily on our Immersive Audio project. BBC R&D looks 1 to 5 years ahead, and is highly respected for its work at the cutting edge of the media industry.
You’ll be working as a Senior R&D Engineer in the Audio team based in Salford. This team works with partners across the BBC, academia and industry, focusing on personalised and immersive listening experiences for our audiences and the technology to provide them.
You'll be working to develop the use of immersive spatial audio technology in BBC services.
This includes traditional television and radio content formats, as well as new interactive content including virtual and augmented reality. You’ll be working with our academic partners on fundamental research and our industry partners to develop standards and evaluate new tools and systems. It will also involve collaborating with the BBC’s content creators on innovative productions and the BBC Academy on staff training.
Recent work on this project led to The Turning Forest, the BBC’s first publicly-available VR experience, and a special binaural episode of Doctor Who. We have also helped to develop open standards to enable next-generation audio services within bodies such as the ITU and DVB. You can read more at

The Ideal Candidate

You’ll have a development or research background in audio technology. You should have knowledge of, or an active interest in, audio production systems and underlying audio signal processing techniques. Ideally this will include spatial audio techniques, microphone systems, audio effects and production tools. Experience in subjective quality evaluation and software development are highly desired.
We also welcome applications from experienced R&D engineers of different backgrounds. We expect that you’ll be able to demonstrate breadth and depth in your engineering skills and technical knowledge from your previous projects, whether from industry, academia or open source.
You’re interested in this field of work, so it’s important that you read up on industry trends and technology developments. It’s also important that you’re keen to learn, enthusiastic and full of ideas.

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About British Broadcasting Corporation

Broadcasting House
Portland Place
United Kingdom


The BBC is a public service broadcaster providing analog and digital broadcast services in the UK. The analog services comprise five national and several regional radio networks, a large number of local radio stations, and BBC World Service. The digital services carry the national radio and eight television networks including specialist networks such as parliamentary broadcasting, children’s broadcasts, and News 24. The BBC’s website is one of the most popular in the world. In addition to being a service provider and a source of quality programs, the BBC researches, designs, and develops technology across the whole broadcasting spectrum, including virtual production, open source compression technology, and Web tools as well as digital television and audio.

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