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University of California, Santa Cruz

Computational Media: Game User Experience Specialist

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Santa Cruz, CA


Open date: August 21st, 2020

Next review date: Monday, Sep 21, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Dec 18, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Computational Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a game user experience specialist. Under the direction of Assistant Professor Edward Melcer, the specialist will support research projects exploring the player experience of character death in platformer video games and the use of Augmented Reality (AR) to enhance empathy and collaboration in educational games. This will include developing prototypes for educational and entertainment games, participating in the process of conducting studies to evaluate the efficacy and player experience of prototyped games, and collaborating on the writing of academic papers reporting study results.

Applicants with expertise in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), game user experience research, game prototyping, and writing academic game research papers are strongly encouraged to apply.


  • Junior Specialist


  • Commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Baccalaureate degree (or equivalent foreign degree) in digital media studies, computer science, or HCI at the time of application.


  • As soon as possible after initial review of the applications.


  • Initial appointment will be made at 75% time (with the possibility of increase) for one year. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.


  • Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

APPLY AT the link below

  • Please refer to Position # JPF00921-21T in all correspondence.


Full consideration will be given to applications completed by September 21, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-2686.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. The university sponsors employment-based visas for nonresidents who are offered academic appointments at UC Santa Cruz.

UCSC is a smoke & tobacco-free campus.

If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact Disability Management Services.

UCSC is committed to addressing the spousal and partner employment needs of our candidates and employees. As part of this commitment, our institution is a member of the Northern California Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (NorCal HERC). Visit the NorCal HERC website to search for open positions within a commutable distance of our institution.

The University of California offers a competitive benefits package and a number of programs to support employee work/life balance. For information about employee benefits please visit our compensation and benefits page.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing traditionally underrepresented groups and your past and/or future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research and professional or public service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application. (Optional)