Job: Professor of Interactive Narrative Design at HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Netherlands

Vacancy: Professor (lector) Interactive Narrative Design
HKU University of the Arts Utrecht, Netherlands

HKU is searching for a Professor (lector) Interactive Narrative Design

HKU is a dynamic organisation with 8 Schools and 4 Expertise Centres. Research is one of the university’s spearheads. Professors are active on a HKU-wide basis and are connected to several schools and/or expertise centres. Professors give account directly to the Executive Board.

HKU is a broad university of the arts with a profile based on three cornerstones:

  • The arts (visual arts and design, music and theatre)
  • Media (technology and creative & design practices in media in the broadest sense of the word)
  • Focus on existing and developing new professional practices in the creative industry

Professors reinforce the HKU profile (arts and media focused on professional practices in the creative industry) and the HKU spearheads (art & education, technology & interaction, creative entrepreneurship, research & innovation). With regard to research and innovation projects, HKU has a good track record in the Netherlands and abroad. Our strength lies in articulating questions with external parties. HKU aims to further strengthen its position in research.

The Interactive Narrative Design professorship is a new professorship within HKU. The professorship spans the HKU, with more specific links to the schools HKU Games and Interaction, HKU Music and Technology, HKU Media and HKU Theatre, the HKU-wide Master of Crossover Creativity and the Expertise Centre HKU Creative Technologies. The professorship can continue to build on the knowledge and experience gained within HKU in recent years through various professorships and innovation projects in the fields of play design, applied gaming and interactive design for various media.


Our new professor:

  • Is a connector, focused on cooperation, both internally (with fellow professors and directors) and externally (with business partners and knowledge institutes, both regional and international);
  • Is loyal to HKU and has an attitude that serves the organisation; i.e. is focused on attaining the organisation’s goals; displays the current HKU identity;
  • Is a builder of research culture; builds up a research team and leads it in an inspiring way; has demonstrable experience in this area;
  • Has proven strengths concerning the realisation of programmes and projects;
  • Has experience in setting up, conducting and supervising practical research: research that besides generating knowledge also focuses on improving learning (repertoire of action);
  • Actively looks for a structural relationship with the school; involves lecturers and students with the research and gives lectures;
  • Has a network in the creative industry and is familiar with cross-overs from the creative industry to other sectors; has an international view of the sector;
  • Has in-depth knowledge that is relevant to the task of the professorship and preferably has a PhD degree;
  • Publishes in various ways and has a demonstrable track record in this area.


The gross salary depends on experience and is set at minimum of € 5135 to a maximum of € 6630, per month on salary scale 15 (with an extension to scale 16), based upon a fulltime job, in accordance with the Collective Agreement for Universities of Applied Sciences. The vacancy for Professor (lector) Interactive Narrative Design is set at 0.8 – 1.0 FTE (32-40 hours/week) for four years.

Our office location is close to the centre of the city of Utrecht.

HKU Mandates that Professors possess sufficient English language proficiency, as determined by an objective measurement: IELTS 8/TOEFL iBT 120.

HKU encourages all interested persons to apply, regardless of age, gender, religious affiliation or ethnic background.


For information about the vacancy, please contact Désirée Majoor, Vice-President Executive Board HKU:

Applications (including a short motivation letter) can be mailed to Olivia Kramers (HR Manager),

No agencies please.


HKU University of the Arts Utrecht offers preparatory courses, bachelor and master programmes and research degrees in fine art, design, media, games and interaction, music, theatre and arts management.

With more than 3,900 students, HKU University of the Arts Utrecht is one of the largest art and culture-oriented institutes in Europe.

The art of HKU – new practices, new solutions


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