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Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships

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Research program title

Games as Research

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Program description

Between 2022-2026, in the Games as Research project, we will develop and evaluate an accountable research-creation methodology for the making of digital games and establish a body of game design research based on the empirical data resulting from our methodology.

Specifically, we will:

  1. Establish methodological approaches for
    1. accountable and recoverable game making process capture using software engineering approaches, reflective practitioner techniques and research-creation
    2. game design data analysis premised on qualitative research methods.
  2. Build a corpus of 50 publicly accessible game design cases documented and analysed via our methodological approach, from researcher-creators and industry practitioners representing diverse maker perspectives. Each case will contribute empirically grounded, accountable and recoverable game design research insights, as well as game works in and of themselves.
  3. Deliver visualisation and reasoning tools for understanding and interpreting game design problem spaces, informed by the insights of designers and meta-analysis patterns we find across game design cases. These tools will be made publicly available via our website.
  4. Develop empirically grounded, accountable, recoverable, and coherent game design research theory building on findings from the 50 design cases and associated meta-analyses from academic and industry contexts.

We seek an experienced researcher with a track record of game design and experience with qualitative research to assist the PI with core research aspects as well as project management.

Academic qualifications required

PhD or equivalent terminal degree in Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Design Studies, Communication Studies, or other Game Studies-related fields with special priority given to individuals with a demonstrated track record in game design and qualitative research.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must not currently hold a postdoctoral appointment at Concordia
  • Priority will be given to postdoctoral fellows who have obtained their PhD from another university although in exceptional cases Concordia graduates may be considered
  • Applicants must adhere to the postdoctoral fellow eligibility criteria outlined in Concordia University’s Postdoctoral Policy


Horizon position is expected to be filled as soon as possible but no later than August 31, 2023.

Submission process

  • All documents must be submitted to Rilla Khaled
  • Please include the reference number with your application

Application checklist

  • One to three (1-3) page research statement demonstrating fit with the program described above 
  • Current curriculum vitae demonstrating research excellence and a capacity for leadership in the domain (maximum 5 pages)
  • Two letters of reference from academic supervisors or current employers to be sent via e-mail directly to: Rilla Khaled


The prestigious two-year Horizon Postdoctoral Fellowships are valued at $50,000 per year plus benefits and full access to Concordia’s services, including GradProSkills.

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment, with state-of-the-art research facilities and many research centers. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, a diverse and creative city, often ranked as offering one of the best quality of living experiences in North America.

Concordia University is committed to Employment Equity and encourages applications from women, Aboriginal Peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities.


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