Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate in Game Studies

# General InfoPosition Title: Postdoctoral Research AssociateRequisition Number: STFR002325

Division/College: College of Arts, Media and Design

Location: Boston Main Campus

Full-time/Part-time: Full Time

Posting Date: 07/13/2015


# Responsibilities The Playable Innovative Technologies (PLAIT) Lab at Northeastern University is seeking a Post Doctoral Research Associate (Post Doc) to join our fast-growing game research group ( The position involves assisting in quantitative and qualitative empirical studies, helping in the design of applied games and playful experiences, and writing research papers around designing for engagement and enjoyment in and beyond game play. Additional responsibilities include grant proposal preparation and laboratory management.
Game play is a subject-environment ecology purposefully designed to create enjoyment, motivation, and engagement. The Post Doc will be involved in advancing the state of knowledge of how design features and contextual circumstances together afford motivation and enjoyment in and beyond games, and how to translate such knowledge into a form useful for designers. The Post Doc will help in writing review articles and grant proposals on particular motives. The main responsibilities will be to help set up and run research studies and publish about these. The Post Doc will get the opportunity to become involved in the development of motivational systems and to supervise graduate and undergraduate students.
Current example projects are developing a system for automatic difficulty balancing of citizen science games (; identifying how embarrassment acts as a hurdle to engagement and how to reduce it (; or understanding how the context of serious games in schools affects their experience and effectiveness. Work will be performed under the guidance of Dr. Sebastian Deterding, an Assistant Professor of Game Design. As most projects will involve collaborations with other PLAIT members and faculty across Northeastern University and around the globe, the Post Doc will have the opportunity to interact with and become visible to a wide variety of researchers and industry partners.
# Qualifications We seek candidates who hold a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Cognitive Science, Learning Science, Psychology, Sociology or related areas at the time of starting their position. Successful candidates will have an interdisciplinary background, an clear research interest in games, and expertise in quantitative and qualitative empirical research. Candidates should ideally have experience with game or user experience design, the development of interactive systems, and grant preparation.
# Additional Information This is a 1-year position with the possibility of 1 year renewal contingent on funding and performance. We hope to fill this position as soon as possible and we will review applications as they arrive. The position is open until filled.For more information, please contact Dr. Sebastian Deterding (

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