A PhD researcher to foster the Wageningen Gamification and Serious Games Community to develop, design, and evaluate novel approaches to gamification, serious games, and technology. This position is part of a growing team dedicated to advancing the science and art of gamification in the context of eXtended Realities focusing on societally relevant topics that WUR is known for.
We are looking for a highly qualified candidate with a strong interest in research. Core activities include the design of gamifications and serious games in collaboration with researchers and developers, the planning of empirical studies involving technology and people, the collection of data, and envisioning new opportunities for data collection, analyzing data, and publishing results. The candidate will have opportunities to participate in a variety of collaborations across the Wageningen UR domains.
Interest in any of the following is a plus: drones/UAVs -based gaming, serious games, (geo) simulation games, game-based decision-making systems, exergaming, novel gameful interfaces, virtual reality, augmented reality, and digital twins.
The research will be conducted as part of the Laboratory of Geo-information Science and Remote Sensing
(GRS) in close collaboration with other research groups from Wageningen University and in particular with the newly established laboratory for eXtended Realities, WANDER
. The goal is to address societally critical topics such as climate change, urbanization, and loss of biodiversity, but also sustainable food choices, nutrition and food security (e.g., protein transition), or the education of students, public, and decision-makers.
You will work in an ideal working environment. Our campus is an inspiring green place to work, and has been selected as the most sustainable campus
in the world multiple times. Besides that, we have a top ranking in several fields, with a #1 ranking for environmental science, ecology and agriculture
, as well as very strong rankings in other fields. Finally, as for education, Wageningen University has been chosen as the "Best University
" in the Netherlands for the 17th consecutive time.