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Games Software Engineer

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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32,236 - 39,609 a year
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The Centre for Excellence for Modern Foreign Language Pedagogy is seeking an experienced software engineer to assist them in the delivery of a high quality, robust digital language learning game. The successful candidate will work closely with members of the Centre to extend the existing Gaming Grammar game prototype into a full product to be launched in primary and secondary schools. The current prototype encompasses a series of mini-games teaching aspects of French grammar and is deployed online using WebGL. Key aspects of this role will include development of new mini-games to expand the scope of the game, developing the interface to enable player progress tracking, improving and expanding the underlying server backend, and improving user account handling. The individual will be the primary source of programming expertise within the Gaming Grammar project and will work with the team to translate the game requirements into technical solutions and implement these using agile development techniques. The individual will be responsible for providing accurate time estimates of software development tasks and regular reports on progress to feed into the project plans.

We welcome applications from candidates with a good honours degree and professional software development experience, ideally working with agile development techniques. The successful applicant will have up-to-date knowledge of software development environments, including experience using Unity and C#, experience working with online servers and experience with database systems. This individual will be a team player and have excellent problem-solving skills, a proactive approach to developing and delivering projects, and be able to manage their own time effectively to meet strict deadlines. Excellent communication skills will enable the successful candidate to work with colleagues in translating the requirements of the game into robust, high quality technical solutions.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to join a national programme to reinvigorate language learning in secondary schools in England. Initial roll-out of the game will be to the 45 secondary schools within the Centre’s network, followed by a wider roll-out to secondary schools across England over the next few years, potentially reaching hundreds of thousands of school pupils. The successful candidate will join a bespoke team of nationally and internationally renowned subject specialists, dedicated to ensuring that language pedagogy is strengthened and languages are re-situated at the core of secondary school education.

This is a full-time appointment until 2nd December 2020, in the first instance, to start from 2nd January 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For any informal enquiries, candidates may contact Dr Rowena Kasprowicz, Co-Investigator in the Centre ( or Dr Nick Sephton, Senior Software Architect in the Digital Creativity Labs (

If Fixed Term: This post is available on a fixed term basis for 23 months.

Closing date: 12 December 2018

Vacancy reference: 7194


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