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Tech­ni­sche Uni­ver­sität Ber­lin - Faculty V - Institute of Fluid Dynamics and Technical Acoustics / Chair of Smart Water Networks

Employee with a university degree - 0.5 working time- salary grade E 13 TV-L Berliner Hochschulen - game design/developing

Work­ing field:

Game designing/developing within the international and interdisciplinary project ide3a funded by DAAD and in a team that includes 5 research assistants called “ide3a ambassadors”, e-learning experts, and researchers working on the topic of “Critical Infrastructure & Digitalisation”. ide3a aims to implement the inter-disciplinary topic of “Critical Infrastructure & Digitalisation” in traditional research-based study programs, combined with gamification mechanisms and short courses, accessible internationally by the ide3a partner universities and supported by digital education platforms and open knowledge tools.

This candidate`s main task will be the co-design and co-development of ConnectiCity, a multi-layered digital, open source, simulation tool/serious game that enables scenario analysis and simulation of urban critical infrastructure systems under heterogeneous social, technical, and climate scenarios. ConnectiCity will be primarily developed to be used for digital teaching and research. The core of ConnectiCity will rely on existing simulators, which need to be effectively integrated to include the interconnections and mutual interactions among different critical urban infrastructure sectors (e.g., electric grid, telecommunication networks, mobility, ecology and other urban networks). The game designer/developer will perform creative work with the team of ide3a researchers for the co-design of ConnectiCity, i.e., the definition of the scientific content, scenarios to be implemented, and gaming mechanisms. Moreover, s/he will co-develop ConnectiCity with the same team, including the implementation of the software components to link existing simulators, embed the defined scenarios and the game mechanisms.

The game developer will be located with the SWN research group (https://www.swn.tu-berlin.de/menue/smart_water_networks/) at TU Berlin and, with the ide3a ambassadors and the other members of the ide3a project, will have access to common facilities in the interdisciplinary working environment of the Einstein Center Digital Future. Moreover, most of the activities will be developed as collaborative efforts between research groups based at TU Berlin and research groups located at ide3a partner universities in Europe (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Dublin City University, Cracow University of Technology, Politecnico di Milano).

The tasks for this position include (i) creative co-design and implementation of ConnectiCity, (ii) collaborative testing in a learning environment, and (iii) further development based on testing.

Require­ments:

  • Successfully completed an academic university degree (Diplom, Master or equivlalent) in Computer Science, or specializations in software development, UX design, game development, game design or other relevant disciplines
  • Good programming skills in Python or Java
  • Excellent communication skills, teamwork skills, proactive behavior, and commitment
  • Passion for games/video games/game design
  • Very good written and oral language skills in English - at least C1 level
  • Preferable: prior experience of working in an international or multi-disciplinary team
  • Preferable: prior experience in the development and use of serious games in education
  • Preferable: Prior experience in building graphical user interfaces
  • Preferable: Prior experience with simulation and co-simulation
  • Preferable: good written and oral language skills in German
  • Knowledge of critical infrastructures, engineering, urban development is an asset

How to ap­ply:

Please send your application in English with the reference number and the usual documents (cover letter, CV with final grades, certificate of university degree) by email to Prof. Cominola (andrea.cominola@tu-berlin.de).

By submitting your application via email you consent to having your data electronically processed and saved. Please note that we do not provide a guaranty for the protection of your personal data when submitted as unprotected file. Please find our data protection notice acc. DSGVO (General Data Protection Regulation) at the TU staff department homepage: https://www.abt2-t.tu-berlin.de/menue/themen_a_z/datenschutzerklaerung/ or quick access 214041.

To ensure equal opportunities between women and men, applications by women with the required qualifications are explicitly desired. Qualified individuals with disabilities will be favored. The TU Berlin values the diversity of its members and is committed to the goals of equal opportunities.

Technische Universität Berlin - Der Präsident - Fakultät V, Institut für Strömungsmechanik und Technische Akustik, FG Smart Water Networks, Prof. Dr. Cominola, Sekr. FSD, Straße des 17. Juni 135, 10623 Berlin.