Job: 2 PhD studentships at U. of Sussex developing “games for change”

Applications are invited for two fully funded, 3 year DPhil studentships in the School of Informatics, University of Sussex, starting in October 2010.

The studentships are associated with a DFID (Department for International Development) funded project, and will focus on the development of a “game for change”.  In particular, the aim of the project is to create an online, multi-player, educational simulation game designed to allow students to experience the reality of small-scale farming in a complex environment in Africa.

Applicants should have a first degree (and/or a Master’s degree) in Computer Science or a related topic, excellent knowledge of Java, the ability to learn new programming languages as needed, a sound knowledge of a range of HCI techniques including user centred design, an interest in third world issues and an ability to communicate with diverse user groups.

Although a fully functioning simulation must be delivered by the end of the three year project period, the students will have the freedom to choose a research topic within the area of educational simulations in conjunction with their supervisor.  For example, one might choose to look at the role of affect in learning, or the relationship between different types of representation and learning.

Due to funding restrictions, the studentships cover the cost of Home/EU tuition fees only, and provide an annual stipend equivalent to that offered by the EPSRC (currently £13,290).

Please send an up to date CV, along with a covering letter explaining how your research interests relate to the project to Dr. Judith Good at J.Good@sussex.ac.uk by 3 September 2010.

Dr. Judith Good
Director, Interactive Systems Research Group
School of Informatics
University of Sussex
Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QJ

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