Tenure Track Associate Professor, Game Cultures Studies, University of Tampere

Please help spreading word of this new opening in UTA/SIS & Game Research Lab:

The School of Information Sciences (SIS) invites applications for a tenure track position in Game Cultures Studies at associate professor level. The successful applicant will be first appointed to an initial term of five years starting 1 February 2016 or as agreed.

SIS is one of the internationally leading centres in game studies, and the education and research carried out in the School represent a wide selection of disciplines concerned with information, interactive media and the processing, management and use of data.

The person appointed to a position must hold an appropriate doctoral degree, high-level academic qualifications and experience in directing scientific research, be able to provide high-quality, research-based instruction as well as to have a track record of international scientific activities. In order to perform the duties included in this position, fluent command of the English language is required.

The remuneration of the post is based on level 7 of the job-related salary element for teaching and research personnel in the salary system of the Finnish Universities, at present EUR 3819,56 per month. In addition, a personal salary element based on personal performance is paid which is at most 46.3 % of the job-related salary element.

Four-month trial period applies for the appointed person.

Please address your application to the Rector of the University of Tampere. The closing date for applications is at 15:45 (Finnish time) on 22 June 2015. The application must be submitted by the online application form; the form and more information are available at:
https://uta.rekrytointi.com/paikat/?o=A_RJ&jgid=1&jid=596 .

Multi.Player 2 conference

Next week there will the Multi.Player 2: Compete, Cooperate, Communicate conference in Münster, Germany. There will be keynotes presented by Richard Bartle, Chris Ferguson, John L. Sherry and myself. The title of my talk is “Mixed Pleasures: Interdisciplinary Perspectives into ‘Social Games'”; you can find more information here: http://www.uni-muenster.de/DigitalGaming/en/Keynote.html#anchor_en_1_7

New games research projects

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UTA Gamelab

The UTA Game Research Lab has got grants and started working on several new research projects recently:

  • FUN, the Finnish-US SAVI project got funding from the Tekes in Finland and NSF in the US to catalyse trans-Atlantic collaboration particularly in games and education research; we have been working on gamification and player research survey collaboration on this one;
  • in Services, the Tivit SHOK we are taking part in the Education work package to look into the potentials of game-like learning in mixed reality applications (MixLearn);
  • the Gaming Behaviour literature survey is our new opening, started after winning the open European tender process for a research partnership with Norsk Tipping, the state lottery in Norway;
  • we are now also starting the work on the Pelaajabarometri 2013, the comprehensive national survey on both traditional games and digital games play in Finland, with a grant from Pelitoiminnan tutkimussäätiö (the Finnish Foundation for Gaming Research)
  • last but not least, Free2Play, the new two-year research project studying the multiple aspects related to the freemium model got funding from the Tekes  Skene program, and the consortium of leading Finnish games companies.

All of us – and me personally – we want to thank warmly everyone involved for the continuing support to the games research we are carrying out in the Gamelab! Together, these new initiatives rise the count of externally funded research projects in Gamelab over 40, and with a total grant budget of c. 5,5 million euros. (And I have already long time ago lost count of the publications our talented team of researchers has produced over the years…)