Job: Postdoc in Game AI and CS education – Northeastern University

The Playable Innovative Technologies (PLAIT) Lab at Northeastern University is seeking a Post Doctoral Research Associate (postdoc) to join our fast-growing, vibrant game research group. The PLAIT lab is a highly interdisciplinary group, and postdocs are able to interact with faculty, other postdocs, and graduate students from many departments, including Game Design, Computer Science, Art+Design, Communication Studies, and Psychology.

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This research position involves assisting with an NSF-funded project exploring the use of procedural content generation (PCG) for an educational puzzle game designed to teach computational thinking to middle school students. Responsibilities will include designing the PCG system and conducting a study with local students in an informal setting, as well as helping with the supervision of graduate and undergraduate students on the project. The postdoc will be involved with writing papers as well as grant proposals. Work will be performed under the guidance of Dr. Gillian Smith, an Assistant Professor in Game Design and Computer Science, and Dr. Casper Harteveld, an Assistant Professor in Game Design.


We seek candidates who have a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Science, and related areas. Successful candidates will an interest in game design and educational games, a track record of interdisciplinary work, and strong technical skills. Candidates should have knowledge in quantitative and qualitative methodologies and be capable of running experiments involving youth. The ideal candidate would have a strong background in game artificial intelligence, especially procedural content generation, as well as experience with game design and running experimental studies. 


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 January 2015, but a later start date is certainly possible. We will review applications as they arrive, and the position is open until filled. Applications received by December 15th will receive priority.

For more information, please contact Dr. Gillian Smith (


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