Digital Creativity Labs (DC Labs) is a major (£18 million) investment by three UK research councils, four universities, and over 80 collaborative partner organisations to create a world centre of excellence for impact-driven research, focusing on digital games, interactive media and the rich space where they converge. We are based at The University of York, with “spoke” sites at the Cass Business School, Goldsmiths (University of London) and Falmouth University.

DC Labs builds on a huge research base of 84 Digital Economy research grants in the past 10 years, with total size of over £90 million. We have a growing group of more than 80 collaborative partners (over half of them small- and medium-sized) across digital games, media, heritage, museums and galleries, education, healthcare and analytics. We also have strong support from key organisations such as the Knowledge Transfer Network, TIGA, UKIE, Game Republic, Creative England, funding agencies and local and national government. DC Labs operates in a landscape of world-leading research hubs and funding initiatives, including the £12 million EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence. DC Labs will bring together researchers, industry, government, the third sector and the general public to co-create the means for interaction and expression in the future digital society, jointly realising the huge potential of games and interactive media for economic, social and cultural impact.


Chair / Reader in Computer Science and Digital Games

(Now Closed)

We seek a leading researcher with a significant international profile in digital games research, who brings experience of world-class research in a cognate area of computer science such as games design/gamification/educational games, graphics, virtual reality or social media. The person appointed will bring vision, leadership and management skills to complement their research profile, and will be focussed on research and research management only for the first 2-3 years.

Research Associate in Interactive Storytelling

The research associate will bring substantial experience and track record in interactive storytelling - bringing skills in interaction design and software engineering. Building upon a wealth of work with partners such as BBC R&D, they will investigate and design new methods for playful interaction with media.

Research Associate in Decision Making in Games

The research associate will bring substantial expertise and track record in search-based decision making in games - bringing skills in areas such as Monte Carlo Tree Search and machine learning. They will build on world-class research undertaken at York and work closely with our games industry partners to develop innovations that allow these techniques to be used more widely in commercial video and mobile games.

Junior Software Engineer

Working alongside the senior software engineer and the 30 researchers and academics in the Digital Creativity Labs, you will develop prototypes, games, apps and middleware which build on the research projects in the DC Hub to achieve economic, social and cultural impact. Experience of art and design is a significant bonus.

Senior Software Engineer

Working with the 30 researchers and academics in the Digital Creativity Labs, the senior software engineer will select games and interactive media projects likely to achieve economic, social and cultural impact, develop prototypes, manage projects and liaise with external partners in the games and media industries.

Get in touch

Candidates are invited to email jobs@digitalcreativity.ac.uk for confidential informal enquiries.

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Digital Creativity Labs
The Ron Cooke Hub,
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01904 325666