PhD Scholarship Opportunity – Serious Games to Improve Critical Thinking/Decision Making

A fully funded PhD position is available as part of a collaboration with the Australian Defence College (ADC) Simulation Centre. This project will allow a candidate to work with the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) (through the ADC Simulation Centre) to conduct research that will see the introduction of a Serious Game/s to benefit the training of ADFA Trainee Officers, and possibly the ADF Chaplains College. The project will involve investigating existing “off the shelf“ game environment(s), develop appropriate training activities within the environment(s), and evaluating the cognitive/behavioural efficacy of the approach. Potential for profiling of cognitive/behavioural types and biases also exists. The project will be embedded within the i3 Lab at the University of Newcastle, Australia ( ).

The preferred candidate will have a background in either Computer Science/Information Technology, Psychology, and/or Education, with excellent written and oral English language skills.

Please note that the applicant must be an AUSTRALIAN CITIZEN (and women are encouraged to apply).
To express an interest in this position, or to obtain further information, please contact:

Dr Karen Blackmore
Senior Lecturer
School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Engineering and Built Environment

T: +61 2 4921 5206

The University of Newcastle (UON)
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308

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