Game Developer in Residence

Brief Statement:

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is in search of a talented game developer with a portfolio of games for a Game Developer in Residence position. Like an Artist in Residence, the game developer will continue to work on personal projects as well as contribute to the academic environment with a mix of teaching duties, development guidance, project feedback, critiques, and collaboration on research opportunities.


Full Position Posting:

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology (HU) invites applications from outstanding designers, programmers, or producers for the position of Game Developer in Residence in the undergraduate Interactive Media program. The Game Developer in Residence has two main roles: (1) individual game development for the production of innovative interactive works, and, (2) participation in the academic community at several levels, most notably by teaching undergraduate level courses focused on game development.

In development, the Game Developer in Residence will work collaboratively with faculty, students and staff on experimental games by providing critical feedback and guidance. The Game Developer in Residence may also contribute ideas, guidance and feedback to games under developed as externally funded projects within university development centers or the local accelerator program.

In teaching, the Game Developer in Residence is the primary or co-instructor for one or more courses in game production. Viewed broadly, in this role, the Game Developer in Residence provides critical feedback and constructive suggestions to game projects under developed by students. Courses that may be taught or co-taught include Critical Game Studies, Game Design I/II, Project I/II and Interactive Studio. Additionally, the University can create ad hoc courses or seminars to meet the candidate’s unique experience and passions.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Minimum Qualifications:

The successful candidate will have demonstrated background in game design, programming, implementation, and/or production; and will be able to blend experimental concepts and technology ideas with practical application. Candidates must have demonstrated significant, original, and creative expressions of new ideas in the games industry, as well as demonstrated the ability to communicate complex ideas and work independently.

Preferred Requirements:

  • 5+ years of experience in team-based game design or development
  • A portfolio of traditional and experimental games
  • Experience working with university studies either as an instructor, mentor, or peer advisor
  • For teaching appointments, an A. or B.S. in Computer Science, Digital Arts/New Media, Interactive Media, or closely related field is required.

Position Available: Summer 2018

Term of Appointment:

The appointment would run for one consecutive year, with the possibility of renewal for an additional year. Should the hiring program propose reappointment, a review to assess the candidate’s performance will be conducted. In addition, reappointment is contingent upon availability of funding.


 About Interactive Media at HU

The B.S. in Interactive Media at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology builds upon the unique relationship between the concepts of new media, interactivity, user center design, and digital culture. The program combines these fields to build applied experiences in areas such as interactive narrative, videogames, social media, virtual reality, augmented reality and mobile app development wherein user and machine both take on an active role in the exchange of information.

From needs analysis to deployment, HU’s Interactive Media degree program teaches students to use industry best practices and processes to deliver interactive solutions. From developing for mobile, web, desktop and virtual headset, our program combines technical and non-technical skills to prepare students for the fast growing field of interactive media.

To Apply:

Applicants should send a letter of interest, resume, copies or URLs of game projects, and the names and contact information for three references.  All applications will be treated as confidential.


Harrisburg University: At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Private, non-sectarian, nonprofit, urban, teaching university
  • Located in the city of Harrisburg
  • Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
  • 250 full- and part-time employees
  • Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center

Student Population:

  • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students: 4,400 as of May 1, 2017.
  • Undergraduate Student Body: 49% female, 53% minority
  • 98% of our students demonstrate financial need
  • Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduating is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.


  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or Terminal Degree: 100%
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technologies, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies, Computer Information Sciences, Project Management & Healthcare Informatics
  • PhD awarded in Data Analytics – first student cohort began in Fall 2017.
  • Trimester system

Institutional Leadership:

A 30-member, independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees led by an Executive Committee governs Harrisburg University. The Board of Trustees delegates authority for day-to-day operations to senior management.

Notes of Distinction:

  • First private nonprofit science and technology-focused institution chartered in the Commonwealth since Carnegie Mellon University
  • Educational framework is competency-based, applied and experiential
  • Offers Central Pennsylvania’s only master’s degrees in IT Project Management, or Learning Technologies
  • The University is a Project Management Institute® registered education provider
  • Home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, The Consumer Insights Research Lab, The Government Technology Institute and The Geospatial Technology Center.
  • Co-PI on NSF-funded ADVANCE grant focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of women academics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines

Institutional Affiliations & Partnerships:

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP)
  • Consortium agreements with Penn State and St. Francis University
  • Articulation agreements with Harrisburg Area Community College, Community College of Baltimore County & Lehigh Carbon Community College

About Harrisburg:

Located in a dynamic downtown setting, Harrisburg University connects people to a diverse and exciting community. In 2010, Money Magazine ranked Harrisburg as one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Cities.” In 2009, the Harrisburg area was rated 12th in the “Best Places to Live” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Forbes Magazine ranked Harrisburg as 5th among America’s most livable cities in 2010. And the area was named #2 among America’s best places to raise a family. More than 600,000 residents call the Harrisburg region home, making it the 52nd largest statistical metropolitan area in the nation.

Harrisburg is also home to the Capitol of the Commonwealth of PA. Located in the heart of a thriving, bustling downtown, HU is connected to Strawberry Square, a downtown shopping, dining and office complex that serves as the student center. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, which also neighbors HU, hosts an array of theatrical and concert events, in addition to displaying a rotation of mesmerizing exhibits throughout the year. Nearby Restaurant Row, and City Island, also provide countless dining, shopping, sporting and other entertainment options. We have teamed with a local developer to renovate nearby building that now serve as dormitory space. The scenic nature areas along the nearby Susquehanna River offer a relaxing escape from classes. Concerts, art festivals and shows also take place along the city’s river walk. Museums, fitness clubs, theatres and minor league baseball games are but a few of the entertainment options the HU community can take advantage of on any given day.