Trainee Research Scientists Scheme

This scheme is not currently recruiting. Applications for most BBC new talent schemes open at various times between October and March for a September start.  Follow @BBCTrainees for up to date information about individual schemes.

This Trainee Scheme is an exceptional opportunity for graduates with a passion for human media interaction and technology design to join our award-winning R&D teams.

As an organisation with its audiences at its heart, the BBC always seeks to reflect people’s tastes, interests and diversity, and the effective application of technology is more important now than it has ever been.

Whether it's Digital Switchover or our academic and industrial collaborations, you could be involved in several of our current strands of work, such as Design for Access Services, Digital Media Production Efficiencies and the convergence of broadcast and IP.

Programme structure

Based in Manchester or London, Research Scientist Trainees will participate in a BBC-wide induction programme, and receive formal and supervised, on-the-job training throughout their traineeship.

Before being given placements in a number of R&D teams, where they are expected to help shape the design and specification of new technology to suit the needs of the users, from broadcast production and distribution tools to technology within the domestic environment.

They will work closely with Senior Technologists and Senior Research Scientists on their own project or wider ones, and provide advice and consultancy from their own field of expertise, specifically the application of the behavioural sciences to design and assessment of broadcast technologies and services.

Salary & Benefits

We offer a very competitive starting salary of around £24,000 (outside London) or £28,000 (inside London). Trainees will also be eligible for the BBC’s defined contribution pension scheme, 25 days annual leave and a range of flexible benefits.

Requirements for applicants

The Research Scientist Traineeship is open to candidates with a good degree (minimum 2.1 or equivalent) in Human Computer Interaction, Behavioural Psychology, Cognitive Science, Interaction Design or a closely related subject, or demonstrable equivalent knowledge and experience.

You’ll also be highly analytical, with superb communication skills and a real passion for user centred design, media related social sciences, design research and ethnographic research, gained through your degree or your interests.