Call for Proposals – Deadline June 6, 2015
The graduate program Game Research at Utrecht University offers talented students the opportunity to write their own PhD proposals. We supervise selected master students, and offer excellent students a PhD position on a research project written by themselves. There is room for four such PhD positions, two starting September 2015, two starting in September 2016.

We are now soliciting research proposals for two positions that start September 2015.

Five strong research clusters in game research contribute to this graduate program, from the following domains: Artificial Intelligence, Software Systems, Virtual Worlds, Interaction Technology, and Game and Play Studies. The choice of these five domains is motivated by their importance for the main game research topics and by the current strengths within Utrecht University. Together these clusters contribute to the Utrecht Center for Game Research, The focus of the research and education in the graduate program lies on the computer science and humanities aspects of games.

We perform research and education on the development, application and socio-cultural context of (serious) games and simulations, for example with regard to persuasive technologies and interaction, artificial intelligence, software technology, and virtual worlds, in relation to subject areas like playful/smart cities, health, education, and safety. This involves the use of innovative game technologies and concepts, including design, production, validation, and deployment, as well as new forms of using games themselves in social contexts.

For more information about the organization of the graduate program, see

Application to participate in the PhD phase of the graduate program Game Research are open to Utrecht University students participating in the master phase, as well as to external candidates. Applicants must have obtained supervision agreement from two supervisors listed in the mandatory research proposal format provided at….

The criteria for evaluation and selection are the quality of the proposed research, the CV of the candidate, and the relation to game research.

Please send your application (motivation letter and research proposal including CV) by  June 6, 2015 to: prof. dr. Joost Raessens <> and prof. dr. Remco Veltkamp <>.

Time schedule
6 June 2015: deadline for submission
7-19 June 2015: selection procedure, including interviews
22 June 2015: notification
1 September 2015: start PhD research

Terms of employment
In the Netherlands, doing a PhD research is a paid job. The salary is max € 2717 (level AIO, CAO Nederlandse Universiteiten, for a fulltime job); the candidate is offered a full-time position for four years. Salary starts at € 2,125.- and increases to € 2,717.- gross per month in the fourth year of the appointment. The salary is supplemented with a holiday bonus of 8% and an end-of-year bonus of 8,3% per year. In addition we offer: a pension scheme, a partially paid parental leave, flexible employment conditions. Conditions are based on the Collective Labour Agreement Dutch Universities.

More information
For more information about the graduate program, please contact prof. dr. Joost Raessens or prof. dr. Remco Veltkamp.
For more information about doing a PhD at Utrecht, see….
For more information about doing a PhD in the Netherlands, see


The PhD positions in the graduate program Game Research are funded by the NWO Graduate Program funding instrument.

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