Programme structure

Based in both Manchester and London, Research Technologist trainees are given three placements in different R&D teams, each lasting about eight months, over the course of two years.

In this time they will work on a variety of projects, either their own stand-alone smaller projects, or as part of larger teams of senior technologists. Research work focuses on new technologies expected to roll out in the next one to five years, and requires developing both an in-depth theoretical knowledge and a practical approach for potential deployment.

Trainees receive on-the-job supervised training and formal training courses run by the Centre of Broadcast Technology in Wood Norton.

Salary & Benefits

We offer a very competitive starting salary of around £24,750 (outside London) or £29,000 (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 Technologist Trainee Scheme is open to everyone, but is a traineeship for only the strongest of candidates.

Ideally you’ll need to be a high academic achiever, with a minimum of a 2:1 or equivalent in Electrical or Electronic Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or Broadcast Technology, together with an A Level in Mathematics, or be able to demonstrate strong equivalent knowledge and experience. 

You’ll also need to be highly analytical, with good communication skills and a real passion for technology, gained either through your degree or your interests.