Job: Design Researcher at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

At the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) we are currently looking for a Design Researcher (0.6 fte), within the Media, Creation and Information Knowledge Centre.

The research project is part of the Amsterdam Creative Industries Network programme at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and more specifically at the Interaction & Games Lab. The Play and Civic Media lectureship, under which this position falls, focuses on research into digital and nondigital play and urban interaction design that optimizes the user experience.

The most important question addressed by this research is how design thinking, strategies, tools and software can be implemented to increase the effectiveness of game, play and other forms of urban interaction and self organisation. This can cover learning goals within educational processes, behavioural change in health care, or attitudinal change with regard to all kinds of societal issues. The findings of this research are of great importance to the Dutch gaming industry.

Researchers working within the lectureship and at the Lab are expected to be actively involved in networking and maintaining contacts within the industry, formulating relevant research questions and providing feedback on the results. Incorporating new insights within the university curriculum is also part of the role. The researcher will conduct research independently, supervise other researchers, and play an active role in projects that are conducted as part of the lectureship at the Lab. He or she is responsible for securing external funding for new projects, and is able to define, control and structure his or her own research projects.


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