The Exertion Games Lab (exertiongameslab.org) in Melbourne, Australia, is seeking exceptional PhD candidates to research the future of exertion games and play.
We are looking for exceptional candidates who value an interdisciplinary perspective, are highly motivated, willing to learn a variety of new skills, can think outside the box, are creative as well as technical, and also have highly developed analytical and communicative skills.
We are offering a great open-plan lab environment in the Design Hub, Australia’s newest interdisciplinary design center at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology), where we work together to invent the future of exertion games, with great support for physical game prototyping and international collaborations. You will be supervised by me, Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller; I have created the lab based on my experiences from working across 3 continents at research labs such as MIT’s Media Lab, Media Lab Europe, Xerox Parc, Fuji Xerox, Microsoft Research Asia, the University of Melbourne, CSIRO and Stanford University.
Unlike most other countries, RMIT’s PhDs in the Exertion Games Lab take only 3 years, they require a 4-year degree or a Masters (exceptions if you have work experience etc.), and there are many different scholarships available that can cover both tuition and living expenses: http://rmit.edu.au/
Also, applications for a PhD work a bit different than in most other countries: You can apply anytime, but in order to be considered for most scholarships, you will need to have your application in before the 28 Oct 2011 (note time-difference!) for a start date of early/mid 2012. But before you submit your application, you will need to have convinced us in the Exertion Games Lab to support your application.
So in order to support your application, please send us via email (see http://exertiongameslab.org/about) your CV, a cover letter with what you would like to research with your PhD, and why, and a link to your portfolio, including any research papers you might have written. In your portfolio, we will be looking at your potential for creativity, excellence and drive in relation to Exertion Games. If we like what we see, we will then underwrite your application that you will send to the central RMIT University PhD application system.
We should also mention that you will be doing your PhD right in the heart of the world’s most livable city, Melbourne: http://www.sbs.com.
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