Job: Faculty position in Applied Immersive Game Design at University of Canterbury

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor
Applied Immersive Game Design

University of Canterbury
Christchurch, New Zealand

Job ID: 6049
Location: College of Engineering
Full/Part Time: Full-Time (37.5 hours per week)
Regular/Temporary: Regular

The closing date for this position is: 29 June 2018 (NZ time)

Applications are invited for a continuing academic position in the area of Applied Immersive Game Design, one of four new academic positions in the new, rapidly growing School of Product Design in the College of Engineering at the University of Canterbury. The School offers a new, exciting degree programme, the Bachelor of Product Design, with majors offered in each of the three areas below:

  • Industrial Product Design
  • Applied Immersive Game Design
  • Chemical, Natural and Healthcare Product Formulation

The appointee will be involved in developing new courses and supervising game design students in areas, including virtual, mixed and augmented reality applications, ranging from entertainment to education, behaviour modification, industrial training, health and rehabilitation. The appointee will likely have a first degree in Game Design, Computer Science, Software Engineering or related areas and experience in teaching and research or creative practice. An understanding of and the ability to work in a way that is biculturally competent and knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori will be an advantage. Appointment at Lecturer level will require at least a Master’s degree and above Lecturer a PhD in a relevant area.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing School early in its development and to help shape the future of this new area of teaching, practice and research.

Each major in the Bachelor of Product Design comprises just over one third design courses, just under one half supporting science and engineering courses and one sixth business courses. More information on the degree programmes can be found at . The first student intake of 140 students was in February 2018 and there is already strong interest from prospective students for the 2019 intake.

The appointee will have a commitment to excellence in teaching of core courses in design at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will be expected to establish a vigorous research programme. The appointee will be expected to supervise undergraduate design projects, Masters and Ph.D. students, collaborate with others in the University, and to contribute to School, College, and University activities as well as being encouraged to develop links with the wider design industry at local, national and international levels.

The College of Engineering has extensive teaching and research facilities, and those dedicated specifically to the School of Product Design will grow with student numbers as each successive year of the degree is offered over the next few years. The undergraduate degree will include significant hands-on experience in physical prototyping, so there is scope for the appointees to influence the purchase of early resources relevant to their design discipline.

Initial enquiries can be made in confidence to Professor Conan Fee, Head of the School of Product Design at



The closing date for this position is: 29 June 2018 (NZ time)

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “tangata tū tangata ora – people prepared to make a difference”. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

For information about the range of benefits in joining UC please visit us online at:

Applications for this position are submitted online and should include a brief cover letter, a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications or significant design innovations and the contact details of three referees, and a 2-3 page statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and how they propose to contribute to the product design programme at Canterbury. Please ensure your application is uploaded as a single pdf file and that the file name is your surname only.

Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service:

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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