RESEARCH SCIENTIST
ESPN - Bristol, CT

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The Research Scientist will be responsible for developing and implementing technical investigations into topics that have strategic implications for ESPN’s long term future. He or she will analyze problems and apply scientific research techniques to evaluate potential solutions. The research scientist will oversee research projects using internal resources or external resources such as industry and academic research partners. He or she will develop, implement and maintain procedures to ensure that all projects have clearly defined objectives, a solid technical rationale, accurate budgets and cost projections, and a complete and detailed project plan and timetable.

The Research Scientist will work at the direction of the Senior Director, Technology Development to identify, propose, plan, and execute research projects, with the Senior Directors of Product Development and Technology Integration to devise achievable development plans derived from the research work product, and with the Senior Counsel – Patents to develop, protect and exploit intellectual property.

ESPN, Inc., The Worldwide Leader in Sports, is the leading multinational, multimedia sports entertainment company featuring the broadest portfolio of multimedia sports assets with over 50 business entities. Headquartered in Bristol, Connecticut, ESPN is 80% owned by ABC, Inc. (a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company), and 20% by the Hearst Corporation.

ESPN was founded by Bill Rasmussen and launched on September 7, 1979. Now with over 6,500 employees, each year ESPN televises more than 5,100 live and/or original hours of sports programming. The company’s mission is to serve sports fans. Anytime. Anywhere.

Responsibilities
Research efforts may include

  • working with other research entities and institutions who are working on identical or complementary targets;
  • providing technical oversight and direction to internal and external co-development partners
  • publication of results in credible academic or technical society journals;
  • acting as the primary knowledge resource in field of expertise for the Technology department;
  • playing a significant role in analyzing new technologies and science that may impact our strategic or competitive position
  • providing input and recommendations to ESPN management and staff;
  • preparing technology-related briefings for ESPN management;
  • assisting ESPN Technology and other ESPN divisions by providing education, guidance, and support on relevant technology issues
The Research Scientist must establish and maintain excellent communications with senior ESPN Technology leadership and 3rd party collaborators regarding project status, objectives and obstacles. Indirect leadership skills are essential, since the Research Scientist will be required to provide indirect leadership to other ESPN implementation staffers and assist in the transition from “R” to “D”.

Principal research areas will include all aspects of digital image processing including but not limited to high frame rate and ultra high resolution image acquisition; methods for improving digital video transport over high bandwidth IP networks; next gen video compression and transcoding technologies; psychographics of dynamic image interpretation; applications of operations research and optimization methodologies to media production problems; and physics of sports.

The Research Scientist must have expertise in one or more of the following areas:
  • Image and video signal processing
  • Broadband technologies for audiovisual communications
  • Machine learning
  • Data analytics
  • Data visualization
  • Computational linguistics
  • Complex systems science
  • Agent-based modeling
Basic Qualifications
Minimum of 4 years relevant experience which includes a minimum of 2 years of self-directed work within an applied research environment and in collaboration with senior researchers and/or academic colleagues.
Excellent oral, written, and structured presentation skills required.
Must be personally interested in sports and sports television.

Preferred Qualifications
Proven experience in team leadership or project management roles is desired.
Prior experience with, or exposure to, media technology is desired.
Proven experience in consulting or industry setting focused on solution development for media companies and/or broadcast technologies (television, digital media) is desired.

Preferred Education
Doctoral degree preferred.

Required Education
Graduate degree in Science, Engineering or Mathematics is required.

Additional Information
Imagine a career with an organization that brings smiles to millions every day. Imagine working with people whose passion for what they do is simply indescribable. We are The Walt Disney Company, live with a rich legacy of innovation, entertainment, and lifelong memories. With our vast array of both businesses and professionals, you’ll have the opportunity to join a team that’s beloved around the world, and to find out how it feels to love what you do. We invite you to discover for yourself why a career with Disney is the opportunity you‘ve been looking for.

ESPN, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Our goal is to create an inclusive workplace for all.

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