Netherlands: Post-doc Position in Game Design Principles for Online Healthcare Therapies at Delft University of Technology

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Job description

This attractive post-doctoral position is a combination of game design and research within the NWO-financed NextLevel project. The project comprises two post-docs and one PhD student and is a collaboration between the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at TU Delft, the Faculty of Developmental Psychology at the University of Amsterdam, Mental Healthcare Center Brijder/ PsyQ (Parnassia Bavo) and RANJ (a serious game design agency). NextLevel will generate game design principles for gamification of mental health interventions. To ensure the generic applicability of the game design principles, the effect of the gamifications is tested by means of RCTs on a) the two main classes of intervention type that are in use in e-health (i.e. cognitive training and cognitive behavioural therapy), b) the two main categories of patient disorders (i.e. externalising and internalising disorders), and c) single patient factors (i.e. comorbidity, context of use, and treatment context). The post-doc will generate the game design principles for mental healthcare by gamifying a representative set of six online mental healthcare interventions (provided by University of Amsterdam, Brijder, PsyQ, and RANJ). The workplace for the position will be divided between the Faculty of Industrial Design at Delft University of Technology and the serious game company RANJ in Rotterdam.


Applicants must have a PhD in game design or another relevant area. Experience in programming (serious or entertainment) games is essential.

Conditions of employment

TU Delft offers an attractive benefits package, including a flexible work week, free high-speed Internet access from home, and the option of assembling a customised compensation and benefits package (the ‘IKA’). Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

For more information about this position, please contact Valentijn Visch, phone: +31 (0)15-2784951, To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 16 September 2013 to J. M. Bierhuizen, When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number AT/IO-0685.

Contract type: Temporary, 3 years


Delft University of Technology

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) is a multifaceted institution offering education and carrying out research in the technical sciences at an internationally recognized level. Education, research and design are strongly oriented towards applicability. TU Delft develops technologies for future generations, focusing on sustainability, safety and economic vitality. At TU Delft you will work in an environment where technical sciences and society converge. TU Delft comprises eight faculties, unique laboratories, research institutes and schools.


Industrial Design Engineering

The Department of Industrial Design houses the disciplines of ergonomics (human factors) and design (‘formgiving’). The emphasis of both these disciplines is on the interaction between user and product. Key aspects are the expressiveness of products, usability and aesthetics, the meanings that product forms have for their users, and the place of design and designing in a socio-cultural context. The department incorporates the above elements into both research and education.

The staff of the Design Aesthetics section focuses on design, appearance and the way people perceive products. Design Aesthetics (DA) is interested in the appearance of products; the explanation and meaning of this appearance is studied mainly in terms of social and cultural factors. The distinctive focus of the section is research and education in the field of sensory modalities in relation to product design. These fields of attention generate design guidelines that enable engineers to design products, systems and services and match them to the correct field of use.

Additional information

Valentijn Visch
+31 (0)15-2784951
Technische Universiteit Delft
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