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Lecturer in Broadcast Engineering

Birmingham City University - School of Computing and Digital Technology

Location: Birmingham
Salary: £37,505 to £40,766 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th March 2020
Closes: 12th April 2020
Job Ref: 032020-122

Located in a modern £300M campus in the heart of Birmingham, the School of Computing and Digital Technology is a thriving, vibrant, and inspiring learning community committed to excellence in research, high quality teaching and impactful industrial engagement. Building on continuous success in student growth and in sustained advancement of research activities, the school has embarked on a programme of extensive expansion funded by substantial long-term investments. 

Our growing teams are teaching, exploring and practising in some of the most exciting areas in the field of computing and the processing of digital media. Our research groups include the DMT Lab (who specialise in research around augmented/virtual reality systems, accessibility and assistive technology, multimodal interfaces, future networks, and audio/music information retrieval); data science and big data analytics, and cybersecurity and digital forensics.

We are a practice-based school, making our teaching and research relevant to the evolving market for computer skills by partnering with local and global enterprise in areas such as smart cities, medical applications, the media production industry, and IoT applications. We work in a collaborative and cross disciplinary culture, where interacting freely across the school and with colleagues is encouraged to gain a unique insight into impactful problem domains. 

We invite applications to join our integrated teaching and research teams in the DMT centre. For this role we are particularly seeking applicants who bring skills in Broadcast Systems, Communication Systems and Telecommunications applied to broadcast including signal processing, transmission and compression formats.

Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Collaborating with colleagues of the Broadcast group to create high quality research leading to publications in reputable journals and conference proceedings, and to assist in developing bids and partnerships for research funding. 
  • teaching as a member of the Digital Media Technology team in a variety of settings from small group tutorials to large lectures
  • ensuring the efficient delivery of teaching programmes in accordance with the University’s strategy, policy and procedures.
  • developing own teaching materials
  • managing learner cohorts including setting and marking of assessments and provide constructive feedback to students.
  • seeking ways of improving performance by reflecting on teaching design and delivery and obtaining and analysing feedback.

Skills and Experience 


  • Hold a PhD in applied computing, or a related technical subject, or significant industry experience.
  • Expert knowledge of audio visual technologies; compression technologies; transmission systems (including cable, fibre, radio, mobile);  signal processing; broadcast application standards.  
  • Applicants should have demonstrated excellent teaching in higher education or have presented regularly to technical audiences in an industry setting. 
  • Excellent team working and communication skills


  • A good working knowledge of Broadcast and Communication Systems, with experience of IP workflows (SMPTE/NMOS specifications, etc); SDN, Content delivery networks, platforms (OTT/broadband; satellite; cable TV; dig terrestrial; mobile 5G), playout systems, broadcast workflow systems,
  • Have a record of research and research publications
  • A proven record of attracting research funding and partnering across their areas of practice
  • Display a thirst for knowledge and academic learning in the context of real world challenges and a strong desire to see their theoretical work applied in solving impactful problems
  • Experience of applied broadcast systems in an industry context,

For an informal discussion of the post, please contact Dr Ian Williams on +44 (0)1213315458. 

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