PhD: Game Design for Sustainable Societies

Department/faculty: Technology, Policy and Management
Level: Master degree
Working hours: 38 hours per week
Contract: 4 years
Salary: €2,222 to €2,840 per month gross

Technology, Policy and Management

The Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) develops robust models and designs, to solve the complex challenges of today’s networked society. TPM combines insights from the engineering sciences with insights from the humanities and the social sciences.

The position is in the Department of Multi-Actor Systems (MAS), which studies governance in and of large-scale, socio-technical systems. As part of MAS, the Policy Analysis section aims to support strategic decision making. Decision makers in fields such as transportation, energy, and wellbeing face complex sustainability challenges. Increasingly, governments are trying to take advantage of the collective intelligence of citizens to overcome such challenges. They welcome local initiatives and social innovation as means to design robust, bottom-up solutions that complement top-down approaches. Games are studied as instruments to engage and empower citizens and their problem-solving capacities.

Job description

Would you like to contribute to a society with less shouting, but more listening? We are looking for a PhD candidate for the NWO project ‘GAMPSISS: GAmeful Music Performances for Smart, Inclusive, and Sustainable Societies’. In this project you will collaborate with researchers and students with engineering, social sciences, and fine arts backgrounds. Moreover, twenty top-ranking orchestras and concert halls in the Netherlands will participate in the project. Together, you will explore how classical music performances may be embedded in pervasive game play by audiences. Then, you will study how such gameful music performances may contribute to a new, active listening culture that will foster smart, inclusive, and sustainable societies. Your part in the project will be to perform solid scientific research on the design of gameful performances and their effects on active listening and good citizenship among their communities of players.


Applicants should have the following qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Interaction Design, (Game and) Media Technology, User Experience Design, Gamification, Experiential Learning, Engineering and Policy Analysis, or a related (design-oriented) field
• Strong organisational skills
• Strong qualitative and quantitative methodological skills for empirical research in multi-disciplinary teams
• Experience in scientific writing, or at least a keen interest and motivation to acquire such skills
• Excellent command of the English language (please write your application in English)
• Feeling for (board) games, classical music, and/or the performance arts is considered a plus. Please state any experience in these fields in your application.

Conditions of employment

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. An International Children’s Centre offers childcare and an international primary school. Dual Career Services offers support to accompanying partners. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.
As a PhD candidate you will be enrolled in the TU Delft Graduate School. The TU Delft Graduate School provides an inspiring research environment; an excellent team of supervisors, academic staff and a mentor; and a Doctoral Education Programme aimed at developing your transferable, discipline-related and research skills. Please visit for more information.

Information and application

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Rens Kortmann, email: To apply, please e-mail a detailed CV along with a letter of application by 15 September 2017 to Mrs Olivie Beek,
When applying for this position, please refer to vacancy number ATTBM17.021.

Enquiries from agencies are not appreciated.


Technology, Policy and Management
Master degree
Working hours
4 years
€2,222 to €2,840 per month gross

Closing date
Sept. 15, 2017
Vacancy nr.


For more information about this job, please contact Rens Kortmann, Assistant Professor.


For more information about the application procedure, please contact Rens Kortmann/Multi-actor Systems.