Software Engineer

Falmouth University

Fixed-term, full-time, 35 hours per week

Falmouth University is the number one ranked Arts University in the Sunday Times University Guide, the Complete University Guide and The Guardian University league table. For more than a hundred years we have been on a journey from School of Art to a modern creative innovation hub.

Our success in the league tables has been built on a reputation for excellence established over decades. Today, it is our unique approach to Higher Education that sets us apart. By responding to the growth of the creative industries, with a course portfolio that is flexible and aligned to the real world, we have increased our student numbers by more than 30% in two years.

Our number one strategic objective to 2020 is to get our graduates great jobs and 97% of our alumni are in work or further study 6 months after they leave us.

Games are transforming the way that we experience stories and are driving the development of new technologies that make those experiences more responsive, immersive and engaging. The Games Academy at Falmouth University was founded in 2014 to take part in this exciting journey into the future of digital games. The Academy brings together games researchers and scholars and professional game developers with researchers and practitioners in other disciplines as well as businesses to develop the use of game technologies and techniques, either within games or in application to other areas.

Based in Falmouth University’s purpose built AIR Building, The Games Academy has excellent links with the games and app development industry, both locally and globally. Core to the ethos of the Academy is to build and facilitate an ecosystem to support the development of games in the region and represents the first stage in a process towards the creation of World-class games provision at Falmouth University, wherein research and teaching combine with entrepreneurial and incubational activities. Falmouth has made considerable investment in the development of The Games Academy and, as Britain’s number one Arts University, it provides a rich, creative and experiential learning platform suited to our focus on innovative research and teaching in digital games.

The MetaMakers Institute ( is a research group within The Games Academy working at the forefront of applying Artificial Intelligence, Computational Creativity and Procedural Content Generation to digital games and beyond. The current focus of The MetaMakers Institute is the development of a new game design platform for mobile devices that applies our research in automatic game generation and play testing to allow anyone with a smartphone to design and share compelling casual games without the need to program.

We are seeking to appoint a Software Engineer who will support and enhance the technology focused research undertaken in The MetaMakers Institute, and help translate research ideas and prototypes into commercial facing products and services. The successful applicant will be required to (i) maintain an existing code base written in Swift, (ii) develop new software components based on research prototypes, (iii) manage the testing and deployment of apps, (iv) develop additional supporting back-end technologies including web services and social media interfaces. This work will be conducted in conjunction with members of the research team in The MetaMakers Institute.

You will be an experienced software engineer with expertise in programming languages including Swift and/or Objective-C. Ideally, you will have academic qualifications in Computer Science or a related discipline. You will have an interest in, and preferably a background in games programming and app development, in addition to knowledge of games and related technologies such as graphical user interfaces, animation and audio programming. Ideally, you will have an existing portfolio of iOS apps that have been released. Some work may need to be conducted remotely and you should be familiar with online collaboration tools.

We offer excellent facilities and benefits to our staff. These include generous holiday entitlements, pension scheme, childcare vouchers, training and development courses and relocation assistance.

Interviews will be held on Friday 18 November 2016.

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