Job: Postdoc in Serious Gaming (with possible tenure-track extension) at the University of Amsterdam

The Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam invites applications for a fully funded position for a postdoctoral fellow (with a possible extension to a tenure track position), to conduct research in the area of serious gaming and to help set up a new serious gaming track within our master’s degree program.

Application closing 1 September 2012
Starting 1 October 2012 (later starting date is possible).
Duration: 2-3 years (with possible tenure-track extension)

The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to conduct high quality research in the area of serious gaming in interaction with our existing research themes such as machine learning, information retrieval, and modeling and simulation of complex systems.

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The postdoctoral position also offers the unique opportunity to play a key role in the development of a new interdisciplinary serious gaming track within our master’s degree program that has the potential to attract large numbers of students. The postdoctoral fellow will aid in curriculum design and recruitment of diverse teachers from within the University of Amsterdam and from our partner university, the VU University Amsterdam.

Applicants must have a PhD in computer science or a closely related area.

An ideal candidate possesses:

* a substantial publication record in gaming, serious gaming, or a similar area.
* a strong background in computer science and programming.
* experience with and enthusiasm for teaching.
* excellent oral and written communication skills.

The successful candidate will be based within the Informatics Institute at the University of Amsterdam. The institute was recently ranked among the top 50 computer science departments in the world by the 2011 QS World University IT Rankings. Some of the things we have to offer:

* competitive pay and excellent benefits
* extremely friendly working environment
* high-level of interaction
* location near the city center (10 minutes by bicycle) of one Europe’s most beautiful and lively cities
* international environment (10+ nationalities in the group)
* access to high-end computing facilities (cluster with 4,000+ cores)
* brand-new building

Since Amsterdam is a very international city where almost everybody speaks and understands English, candidates need not be afraid of the language barrier.

For further information, including instructions on submitting an application, see the official job ad at

Informal inquiries can be made by email to Shimon Whiteson (s.a.whiteson AT

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