Tiltfactor announces Postdoc Position, 2011-2013

The Digital Studies initiative at Dartmouth College is seeking applications for postdoctoral position in Learning Sciences and Assessment. The Postdoc will be affiliated with The Tiltfactor Laboratory (https://tiltfactor.org), the leading game design research group in values-conscious design.

Tiltfactor at Dartmouth College designs, creates, and studies games. From social activist games, where we examine empathy, to games for health where we study if players are learning about immunization, we focus on what we call ‘critical play’ that fosters human values. We also encourage the artistic and innovative place of games in culture. Given the multidisciplinary nature of our projects, the candidates will likely have interests that span several disciplines, such as psychology, gaming, and learning; or machine learning, social games, and HCI. Technical expertise among candidates is highly favored.

The Postdoc will design assessment /run studies on games (such as the lab’s public health game POX: SAVE THE PEOPLE, and new games on implicit and explicit bias). Quick, tactical assessments will be needed, as well as longer term studies. A background in learning science, educational technology, psychology is essential. Candidates should have a PhD in a related field, or on track to finish by August 2011.

The candidate’s passions should be well aligned to ours, and thus build their research profile within our community. Collaborating, writing and submitting papers, and working on grants would be expected, along with much mentoring. No formal teaching is anticipated, but it might be developed over the course of the candidate’s time with us; a few guest lectures, and participation in some of my classes and our salon discussion group would be expected (and fun). Our small group of student interns are great and the campus is lively. We provide a provocative, central role in digital culture creation on campus, with open houses, demos, and game nights.

Review of candidates will begin on June 15, 2011 and will continue until the position is filled, with position renewable upon successful completion of first year for 2012. We expect applicants to be familiar with our work and discuss how they could contribute. Applicants should apply via email, and submit a CV, research statement, URLs, and contact information for three references.
Please send this to: contact at tiltfactor.org

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.

Essential Qualifications: Candidates should have a PhD in Learning Sciences, or a related field, to be considered, or on track to finish by August 2011. We unfortunately cannot accept ABD students.

Education Required: Doctorate Degree