Industrial PhD Grant in Game-based design

7 Apr 2011 - 2:22pm
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Industrial PhD Grant in Game-based design

Ref number: 2011-97
Position : Temporay employment
Closing date for application: 2011-05-12
Campus location: Västerås /  Sweden

The research will take place within the research group in Interaction Design at the Department of Computer Science and Network, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University (MDH), Västerås Campus. The department offers education and carries out research within computer science in close cooperation with the game industry. The development of the individual’s knowledge and ability to analyze, understand and handle different aspects of IT and creative industry is at focus. Regardless of the application, an artistic design perspective, and programming based on interactivity, are central issues. Mälardalen University in Västerås, is an expansive university with a strong focus on engineering, and the School of Innovation, Design and Engineering is a research intensive environment with strong focus on Software Engineering and Interaction Design


Job Description

This PhD position, within the ITS-EASY research school, is financed by KK-stiftelsen (the Knowledge Foundation) and Imagination Studios (IMS) in Uppsala. Imagination Studios offers a full range of outsourcing services for the game, film, television, and music industries. Over the years, IMS has collaborated with some of the biggest game developers worldwide including DICE, IO Interactive, Remedy, Starbreeze, and Massive Entertainment.

As a PhD student you are employed by MDH and will receive a salary according to current salary agreements. A maximum of 20% of your time will be devoted to departmental duties, mainly teaching. The remaining time will be devoted to your own graduate studies and research within the project related to IMS. You are expected to obtain a PhD within a maximum of 5 years.


Only someone who can be or already has been enrolled for PhD studies at a university can be employed at a PhD position. Admittance to the post-graduate education will be handled in conjunction with the employment procedure. In general anyone who has graduated with a Bachelor’s or Master's degree with a major in Computer Engineering or Computer Science is eligible as graduate student in Computer Science and Network. Students with corresponding qualifications, for instance from similar programs at other universities, may also be admitted.

Assesment criteria

The focus of the Bachelor’s the Master’s degree should be on interaction design. The interest in and capability of doing research work is a basic demand. A good research project’s output and/or publications with research focus can add extra value to the application. Experience of creative practice and programming is preferable. It is an advantage if the applicant has artistic experiences and/or graphic design skills.

The applicant should have proficiency and skills in writing and communicating in English. Knowledge in Swedish is not a prerequisite for this position. The start of this position is planned for September 1st, 2011.

Mälardalen University applies positive action, giving priority to a person of underrepresented sex (in this case women), when applicants are otherwise equal.


Contact person is Oguzhan Ozcan, +46 (0)21-101512,

Trade union representatives are Ove Larsson (OFR), +46 (0)21 10 13 49 and Marie Öhman, (SACO), +46 (0)16-15 51 39.


An application prepared in English should contain:

The application shall be written in English and include the following items:
1. Cover letter
2. CV with references
3. Copy of an official document giving showing grades from you undergraduate and graduate degree(s) or studies
4. A research proposal suitable to this job description. This research proposal
It must be written in a scientific research format including references (max six pages)
5. List of scientific, education, outreach and industry-oriented publications (including scientific papers) as well as creative works relevant to the position
6. Selected writing that the applicant wishes to submit (max three documents)
7. Portfolio of interaction design related work or the web address to an online portfolio 
8. Other relevant information you wish to submit

To apply, please send your application to the following address: 
Registrator, Personnel Division 
Mälardalen University 
Box 883, 
SE-721 23 Västerås 

It is also possible to send your application by e-mail to the address Please state the reference number 2011-97 in your application.  

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