[LRUG] [JOBS] 1 month contract with BBC R&D working on video search

Tim Cowlishaw tim at timcowlishaw.co.uk
Mon May 16 10:20:00 PDT 2016

Hi there everyone! Hopefully the below will be of interest to some on here!

I've worked with BBC R&D as a contractor on-and-off for several years, and
enjoyed it so much I recently went full-time, which I hope is some sort of
encouragement :-)

See below for details - if you've got any general questions about working
here, please get in touch -however, specific details about the position
we're advertising (and expressions of interest / applications) should go to
Rob, whose email is below (and is also CC'd).

Thanks a lot!



Senior Software Developer – Rails/React JS

We are looking to hire an experienced software developer for a 1 month job
to further develop a prototype Rails / ReactJS client for a novel video
search application.

You’ll be working with a small team of 3 developers with a focus on
research into video search and metadata extraction. This particular
application uses a state-of-the-art Video Fingerprinting system developed
in-house. Day-to-day you’ll be adding features, integrating with the
back-end, testing and helping optimise the system.

The job is based in the BBC R&D Internet Research and Future Services
Section and is based in the UCL Media Campus near Euston station. The
shared office space houses a number of sections from the BBC including
Connected Studio and NewsLabs, as well as UCL research groups, with
opportunities to attend lectures and talks in the shared public space.


●       Technical design and build of a modern web application, including
both front-end and server-side components

●       Write high quality, well tested software in a collaborative

●       Work in a multidisciplinary team to deliver project requirements

*The Ideal Candidate*

●       Excellent knowledge of server-side programming using Ruby and Rails

●       Excellent JavaScript 5 / ES6 programming skills, experience of
developing modular applications, and the use of client-side frameworks
(e.g., React.js, Angular)

●       Excellent HTML5 / CSS2/3 skills including CSS pre-processors (e.g.
SASS), and a strong understanding of responsive design and cross-browser
compatibility issues

●       Excellent knowledge of the Linux operating system, and comfortable
with configuring and deploying software to servers

●       Experience of pair programming with co-developers

●       Thorough understanding of git and other development tools (e.g.
Grunt, Gradle, Make, etc.) and how to use them effectively in a development

●       Knowledge and experience of software testing and continuous
integration practices and tools, including test-driven development

*Desirable skills and experience*

●       Experience with HTML5 web audio and video

●       Knowledge of strategies to improve performance (HTTP caching,
language best practices)

●       Experience of integrating with back-end services such as search
engines (e.g. Solr, Elasticsearch)

Please email rob.cooper at bbc.co.uk with your CV (or if you have any

Internet Research & Future Services
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