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Hiring: MIT Postdoctoral Associate 2007-2008

The Singapore-MIT GAMBIT Game Lab in MIT's Program in Comparative Media Studies is pleased to announce a postdoctoral teaching-research associate position for nontenured scholars and teachers in videogame research and development. Postdocs will be required to fulfill a combination of teaching, management, research, and publishing roles, working with faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students. The position is designed to encourage the academic growth of promising scholars with recent Ph.D. degrees. The appointment is for a one-year period beginning September 1st, 2007, with a salary of $46,000 and a competitive benefits package.

The postdoctoral associate position is available in one or more areas of specialization related to videogame design, development or market analysis.

Areas of Specialization

  1. cultural and media studies
  2. anthropology
  3. visual and aesthetic trends and history
  4. digital and non-digital game design and genres
  5. risk and team management
  6. government policy, industry history, market observation
  7. computer science
  8. real-time rendering and animation
  9. software and audio engineering
  10. music composition


The successful candidate will be a recent Ph.D. or a Ph.D. candidate near completion from a major university, with prior teaching experience. Publications indicating a clear trajectory, interest, and familiarity with some aspect of game research are required. Applicants should be able to: (1) teach one or more courses at the graduate or undergraduate level related to their core areas of research; (2) assist in the management and ongoing operations of the GAMBIT research group; and (3) advise undergraduate and/or graduate students on their research endeavors. MIT is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women and members of minority groups.


Applicants with a Ph.D. must have received the degree after September 2002. Applicants who will receive the Ph.D. degree by September 1, 2007, are eligible to apply. Such applicants must include a letter of confirmation (see below).

Application Procedure

To apply, please submit a letter of application, specifying why you wish to come to MIT and in which area of specialization you are interested. Include the following materials, which should be postmarked on or before July 15, 2007.

  1. A curriculum vitae.
  2. A detailed statement of current research interests (1,000-3,000 words) that clearly outlines the research you will undertake during the term of the fellowship.
  3. One writing sample (no longer than 35 pages).
  4. A two- to four-page statement of teaching interests and two course proposals (subject area, brief syllabus, proposed methods) for seminars.
  5. Three letters of recommendation (recommendations may be those included in your placement dossier).

If you do not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application, a letter of confirmation must be received from your committee chair or department stating that you will have the Ph.D. degree before the term of the position begins on September 1, 2007.

Application Deadline

All application materials (including letters of recommendation) must be postmarked on or before July 15, 2007. Faxed applications will not be accepted. Only fully completed formal applications will be considered. It is your responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation to the following address:

Leila W. Kinney, Administrator for Academic Programs
Comparative Media Studies
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Room 14N-207
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Telephone: 617 253-3599
E-mail: lwkinney AT mit DOT edu

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