Learning Game Designer, MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program (MIT-STEP)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Cambridge , MA

ID: 7062515
Posted: November 27, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

LEARNING GAME DESIGNER, Comparative Media Studies/Writing-MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program (MIT-STEP)/Education Arcade, to work on projects that include desktop simulation games, augmented reality game construction kits, and playful group simulations for mobile devices. Projects range from early concept prototypes to fully implemented products. MIT-STEP/The Education Arcade makes playful, powerful learning experiences, including award-winning learning games and simulations for youth to adults. Responsibilities include collaborating on clarify goals of the game, simulation, or game/simulation construction toolkit; designing games which thoughtfully integrate learning goals, pedagogical approaches, and game mechanics; organizing and conducting iterative user-testing to understand areas for improvement; coordinating with project team to develop and execute research around game designs; communicating with stakeholders to ensure designs meet project goals, sharing ongoing progress/outcomes and maintaining documentation as needed; gaining technological literacy to leverage affordances (and mitigate limitations) of the technology platform; and working with a technical team (though coding skills/experience is not a requirement).

Job Requirements
REQUIRED: B.A./B.S.; five year’s relevant experience that includes game design, preferably showing a range of projects with a playful approach to integrating education/learning into gameplay; ability to acquire new content knowledge to inform game design; comfort developing games for STEM topics, including math, physics, computer science, and AI; willingness to be flexible and jump in as needed and to work independently and on teams; and strong written and oral communication skills. PREFERRED: experience in formal/informal educational settings; experience developing instruments and performing data collection, data analysis, and academic writing as part of a research project/team; ability to apply user-centered design principles and provide art direction; leadership/mentoring skills; basic project management skills; and creative writing, storytelling, and video editing skills. Job #18300

This is expected to be a full-time position, but there is a possibility of working a four-day week at a reduced, 75% effort.


MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

MIT considers equivalent combinations of experience and education for certain jobs. All candidates who believe they possess equivalent experience and education are encouraged to apply.


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