Postdoctoral position in Games, Northeastern University

They are seeking one or two Post Doctoral Research Associates (Post Docs) to join our fast-growing game research group. The research position involves assisting in developing games for impact, empirical studies using quantitative and qualitative data, and writing research papers on the main topic of gaming and decision making. Additional responsibilities include grant proposal preparation, lab management, and supervision of graduate and undergraduate students.

Playing games is about making decisions. The Post Doc will be involved in advancing the use of games as a research environment to study how people make decisions as well as to improve their decisions and develop tools to assist in this. We also find it of great importance to educate the next generation of problem solvers and, therefore, a significant amount of our work is dedicated toward improving existing education. We are currently pursuing these topics across a dozen projects: from a crowdsourcing game where players can participate in and create social experiments (httsp:// to the development of a curriculum where students create games about climate change. A complete list of projects can be viewed at

The work will be performed under the guidance of Dr. Casper Harteveld, an Associate Professor of Game Design. As most projects will involve collaborations with faculty from across Northeastern University (Computer Science, Engineering, School of Law, School of Public Policy, and Marine Science Center), the Post Doc will experience a wide variety of interactions with researchers and students.
They seek candidates who have a PhD in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Cognitive Science, Learning Science, Management Science, Industrial Engineering or related areas. A successful candidate will have an interdisciplinary background and an interest in games for impact. Although they will consider a wide range of candidates, we welcome candidates with strong technical expertise in empirical research (quantitative preferred) or in machine learning/data science. Candidates should ideally also have experience with game design, in particular using game engines such as Unity.
  • Deadline: July 1st; applications after will be considered
  • Start date: Very flexible but looking at Sept 1, 2019
  • Funding is for one year, renewal contingent on performance and funding
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