Job: Design Researcher – Interaction & Games Lab at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Design Researcher (0.6 fte) at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (HvA) for a position within the Media, Creation and Information Knowledge Centre.

Hours: 24.0 hours per week
Salary: maximum € 4365
Education: Doctorate

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The research project is part of the Amsterdam Creative Industries Network programme at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and more specifically at the Interaction & Games Lab. The Play and Civic Media lectureship, under which this position falls, focuses on research into digital and nondigital play and urban interaction design that optimizes the user experience.

The most important question addressed by this research is how design thinking, strategies, tools and software can be implemented to increase the effectiveness of game, play and other forms of urban interaction and self organisation. This can cover learning goals within educational processes, behavioural change in health care, or attitudinal change with regard to all kinds of societal issues. The findings of this research are of great importance to the Dutch gaming industry.

Researchers working within the lectureship and at the Lab are expected to be actively involved in networking and maintaining contacts within the industry, formulating relevant research questions and providing feedback on the results. Incorporating new insights within the university curriculum is also part of the role. The researcher will conduct research independently, supervise other researchers, and play an active role in projects that are conducted as part of the lectureship at the Lab. He or she is responsible for securing external funding for new projects, and is able to define, control and structure his or her own research projects.


A researcher with a PhD in Design Research (such as Game Design, Interaction Design or User Experience Design). He or she has a close affinity with playful interaction and can translate research ideas into prototypes. Design qualities are important, as is an ability to work with software and electronics. The researcher is a good team player, can think ‘out of the box’, and is willing to teach game design occasionally.


The duties are part of the organic position Researcher 3. The position is graded at Scale 11 on the wage scale (Collective Labour Agreement for Higher Education). The basic monthly gross salary amounts to a maximum of € 4,365 (full-time position equivalent) and is based on education and experience. The position is a temporary assignment for ONE YEAR and, depending on performance, MAY BE EXTENDED annually for a maximum of two years. The position may be filled by a number of individuals on a part-time basis. The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences offers an extensive package of employee benefits,including a generous holiday entitlement and thirteenth salary. In addition, the University offers excellent study and development opportunities (through the HvA Academy) and stimulates employees to continue their professional education.


The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is based in The Netherlands, in the city of Amsterdam. Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan city where 175 different nationalities live and work together and where the English language is largely spoken. The city is a hotbed of education and research in all conceivable areas: culture and society, trade, logistics, aviation, shipping, ICT, sports, healthcare, education and much more. At AUAS we take full advantage of this wealth of opportunities in order to provide the best possible education and produce cutting-edge research.


You will work for CREATE-IT, the applied research centre of the School of Digital Media and Creative Industries at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

Teaching staff, students and researchers at the centre conduct practice-based research commissioned by the creative industries and the ICT sector. We work with universities and other centres of expertise. The research findings benefit professional practice and are also incorporated into the educational programme. Practice-based research provides answers to urgent questions posed by practice, keeps education up to date, promotes the sharing of knowledge and contributes to the professionalism of students and teaching staff.


Further information: Professor Ben Schouten BA, Lecturer in Game Research,
e-mail: (do not use for job applications).

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