Game Designer/Developer in Residence

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is in search of a talented game developer with a portfolio of credited games for a Game Designer/Developer in Residence (GDiR) 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 collaborative research.

HU invites applications from outstanding game designers, programmers, producers or similar roles for a Game Designer/Developer in Residence position in the undergraduate Interactive Media program. The GDiR has two main roles: (1) individual game development to produce innovative interactive works, and, (2) participation in the academic community at several levels, most notably by teaching or co-teaching undergraduate level courses focused on game development.

The GDiR will work collaboratively with faculty, students and staff by providing critical feedback and guidance during the game development process.  In addition, the GDIR may contribute ideas, guidance and feedback to games under developed as externally funded projects within university development centers or the local accelerator program.

The GDiR will also be the primary instructor or co-instructor for one or more courses.  Viewed broadly, in this role, the GDiR provides critical and constructive feedback and guidance to game projects under developed by students.  Possible courses include Intro to Game Studies & Design, Game Design I/II, GUI & Level Design, Game Development, experiential project courses and Interactive Studio.  Additionally, the University may 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.


  • Master’s degree in Game Design, Computer Science, Digital Arts/New Media, Interactive Media or closely related field is preferred; Bachelor’s degree is required
  • 5+ years of experience in team-based game design or development
  • A portfolio of traditional and experimental games
  • Experience working within a university either as an instructor, mentor or peer adviser

 Position Available: Summer or Fall 2019

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 production, interactivity, user centered design, and digital culture. The program combines these fields to build applied experiences in areas such as interactive narrative, video games, 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 research, design and technical skills to prepare students for the fast-growing field of interactive media.

To Apply:

To be considered, applicants must submit a letter of interest, a resume, a portfolio of game projects (web links preferred), and names and contact information for three references to:

Erin Hill, Executive Recruiter

Harrisburg University

326 Market Street

Harrisburg, PA 17101



*All applications will be treated as confidential


About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Its focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy.


Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an independent educational institution offering innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.

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
  • 350 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: 6,300 as of January 1, 2019.
  • 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. A PhD in ISEM (Information Systems Engineering Management) will begin its first cohort in Summer 2019.
  • 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 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 University – USA
  • Francis University – USA
  • Ramnarian Ruia College – Mumbai, India
  • Acharya Institutes – Bangalore, India
  • Universidad Rey Juan Carlos – Madrid, Spain
  • The University College of the Cayman Islands – Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • EFREI, Engineering School of Information and Digital Technologies and Esigetel, Digital Systems and Communicating Objects – Paris, France
  • Universitat Internacional de Catalunya- Barcelona, Spain
  • Rede das Faculdades de Tecnología e Ciencias – Bahía, Brazil
  • St Aloysius College- India
  • Dayananda Sagar Institutions – Bangalore, India
  • Articulation agreements with:
  • Harrisburg Area Community College
  • Community College of Baltimore County
  • Lehigh Carbon Community College
  • Alvernia University
  • Montgomery College
  • Community College of Philadelphia


About Harrisburg:

HU’s location in dynamic downtown Harrisburg connects people to a diverse and exciting community that is a wonderful place to call home. In 2010 Money Magazine rated Harrisburg as one of the nation’s top “Up and Coming Cities” and the area was ranked 12th in the “Best Places to Live” category in 2009 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.  In 2010, Forbes Magazine ranked Harrisburg as 5th among America’s most livable cities; and the area as #2 among America’s best places to raise a family. The Capital Region is home to over 600,000 residents, making it the 52nd largest statistical metropolitan area in the nation.

Harrisburg is also home to the Capitol of the Commonwealth of PA, and downtown Harrisburg is the center for commerce regionally with a thriving, bustling downtown community of which Harrisburg University takes its home in the center.  Strawberry Square, a downtown shopping center connected to our campus and new building, is the student center. The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts provides auditorium space and numerous cultural events. Restaurant Row and City Island provide countless dining, shopping, sporting and socializing events. We have worked with a local developer to renovate to buildings downtown Harrisburg that now serve as dormitory space. The scenic nature areas along the nearby Susquehanna River offer a relaxing escape from classes and are the site for local concerts, art festivals, and shows. It is also possible to tour Harrisburg’s many historic museums, workout at the local fitness clubs, visit the theatres or take in a minor league baseball game.