Research & Development Engineer - Android

27 Jul 2018
13 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Introduction
The next generation of communication technologies is being developed under the umbrella of '5G'. BBC R&D ( ) is working to influence these developments to ensure that audiences have the best possible access to the BBC's current and future programmes and services.

As a partner in the 5GRuralFirst project (a collaborative project funded under the UK Government's 5G Testbeds and Trials programme), we're working with partners to trial the capabilities of 5G to deliver traditional radio and new forms of BBC audio on the Orkney Islands.

We're looking for someone with strong Android application development skills to build the application that will be deployed to users taking part in the trial as well as someone with an interest in applying their skills on the ground in Orkney to firstly deploy and then assess the performance of the technologies used within the trial.

BBC R&D carries out research and development activities in all the fields of technology that affect the BBC and its public service mission. We aim to ensure that the BBC is properly equipped for the future, either by developing new technologies ourselves, or working to refine them through development and standardisation. We work in small teams of developers, engineers, project managers, research scientists and designers, with a focus on developing strong creative thinkers and leaders, capable of applying their skills to a wide range of problems.

Role Responsibility
The successful candidate will join a team that is working within the 5GRuralFirst project to build and deploy a test 5G network.

The successful candidate will have the ability to develop applications with both an engineering as well as demonstration focus; building applications to measure and report the underlying performance of the system as well as the ability to produce more highly polished user interfaces suitable for use as demonstrators of different aspects of technology within the project.

Are you the right candidate?
For full details of the skills and experience we look for in applicants for R&D Engineer positions, please see the attached detailed job description. The ideal candidate will have experience of applying software development and engineering techniques in a research or prototyping environment.

Essential skills:
  • Proficient in Android application development in Java
  • Experience of building applications using modern frameworks and design patterns
  • Experience of interfacing to web services and RESTful interfaces

Desirable skills:
  • Knowledge and experience of media streaming formats and techniques
  • Knowledge of IP networks and protocols
  • Understanding of mobile technologies including 4G, 4G Broadcast and 5G.

In addition to sending us your CV, please use the questionnaire to give specific examples of things you have done that demonstrate that you have the knowledge, skills, training and experience we are looking for, as set out in the detailed job description and above. You don't need to have perfect examples in every category, but please give us detailed examples where you can. We won't use anything other than the information you provide to us when deciding whether or not we can shortlist you for the role, so please make sure that you write enough to give us a good overview.

Package Description
Grade 7 (Proposed Band C)

12 Months Fixed Term Contract

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. You'll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role.

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background.


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