Phd Position On Accommodating Player Differences In Digital Games (0.8 - 1.0 Fte)

Utrecht University
November 30, 2023
Offerd Salary:€2,770
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PhD position on Accommodating Player Differences in Digital Games (0.8 -

1.0 FTE)

Job description Join the Human-Centred Computing group of Utrecht University as PhD candidate and contribute to accommodating individual differences in digital games and making all players heard and seen.


We are looking for an enthusiastic new colleague who is passionate about making online game communities a more welcoming place for different types of people.

  • a Master's degree in Computer Science, Information Science, Human- Computer-Interaction, Game and Media Technology, Psychology, or a related field that equips you to conduct research in this field;
  • Good communicative skills in English, in both writing and speech.
  • We would also like you to meet several of the following criteria:

  • experience with research methods, experimental design, and statistics;
  • programming skills, design skills and a strong interest in Human-Computer Interaction research;
  • an interest to engage with psychological theories and to apply them to the context of games;
  • a mindset that promotes inclusivity and an awareness for individual differences and how they affect us;
  • concrete ideas on how you would like to apply this topic to digital games.
  • Offer We offer:

  • a position (0.8-1.0 FTE) for 4 years, available as of March 2024;
  • a full-time gross salary that starts at €2,770 and increases to €3,539 per month in the fourth year (scale P of the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities (CAO));
  • 8% holiday bonus and 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
  • a pension scheme, partially paid parental leave, and flexible employment conditions based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.
  • In addition to the employment conditions from the CAO for Dutch Universities, Utrecht University has a number of its own arrangements. These include agreements on professional development, leave arrangements, sports and cultural schemes and you get discounts on software and other IT products. We also give you the opportunity to expand your terms of employment through the Employment Conditions Selection Model. This is how we encourage you to grow.

    About the organization

    A better future for everyone. This ambition motivates our scientists in executing their leading research and inspiring teaching. At Utrecht University, the various disciplines collaborate intensively towards major strategic themes. Our focus is on Dynamics of Youth, Institutions for Open Societies, Life Sciences and Pathways to Sustainability. Sharing science, shaping tomorrow.

    Additional information If you have questions about this position, don't hesitate to contact Susanne Poeller (assistant professor in Human-Centred Computing who researches motivation, toxicity and diversity in video games) at [email protected]. Do you have a question about the application procedure? Please send an email to [email protected] more information, please visit working at the Faculty of Science.

    Are you an international applicant? Our International Service Desk can answer your questions about living in the Netherlands as international staff.

    As Utrecht University, we want to be a home for everyone. We value staff with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and identities, including cultural, religious or ethnic background, gender, sexual orientation, disability or age. We strive to create a safe and inclusive environment in which everyone can flourish and contribute.

  • your letter of motivation (1-3 pages);
  • your curriculum vitae;
  • scans of BSc and/or MSc transcripts (incl. grade list), with a certified translation in English if the degree qualification is not in Dutch, German, or English;
  • your MSc-thesis (if not available, then BSc-thesis or a course paper you are proud of); if none of these are in Dutch, German, or English, please add a short abstract or summary in English;
  • optional but encouraged: the names, and email addresses of at least two references;
  • optional: a portfolio of design-work or your other works, which are related to this position.
  • If this specific opportunity isn't for you, but you know someone else who may be interested, please forward this vacancy to them.

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    The application deadline is 30/11/2023

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