Lecturer/Associate Professor Position in Translation and Interpreting

Xi'an Jiaotong - Liverpool University - Department of English

Applications are invited for open-rank positions in the Department of English by applicants specialising in translation studies. Since its inception in 2008, the Department of English has established four undergraduate programmes of study with a concentration on applied English studies, English literature as well as translation studies. The Department also has a vibrant postgraduate programme in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and is expected to establish another postgraduate offering in Mass Media Translation. Further, the Department operates a successful research-based doctoral programme. It has grown out of the Department of English, Culture and Communication, which from September 2016 has become the Department of English and the School of Film and Television Arts. The Department welcomes applications from those who possess:

  • A PhD in translation studies or related areas
  • Experience in designing and delivering undergraduate and postgraduate modules in translation and interpreting (Chinese and English)
  • A growing research profile in the field of translation or related areas plus a commensurate record of research impact
  • Demonstrated capacity in teaching and research-related administration
  • The ability to teach subjects in English, the medium of instruction of the University 

In addition, those applicants aiming to be appointed at the Associate Professor level should be able to clearly demonstrate:

  • A good record of the supervision of MA or PhD candidates
  • Experience in curriculum development or programme management
  • A developing or international research profile or record of research funding

Successful candidates will be expected to teach and contribute to undergraduate modules in Translation, Interpreting, Technical Translation and Conference Interpreting. The department is also currently in the process of developing a Masters in Mass Media Translation and the chosen candidates will be part of team developing and delivering the programme. An understanding of translation technology and experience in working with computer-assisted translation software such as SDL Trados, as well as field interpreting experience, are highly desirable. The positions require fluency in both English and Chinese.

With a faculty of 15 members and a student body of 300, the Department of English is one of the more established entities in Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University. The University is a unique collaborative institution, the first and currently the only university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees. The University now has over 9,000 students, who from July 2016 spread across two adjoining campuses. The medium of instruction is English. The University aims to be research-led, and has recently committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of PhD student numbers on campus. Academic members of staff enjoy access to a wide range of electronic databases as well as print resources. The Department is housed in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building on the new South Campus, where the new Interpreting Laboratory and Translation Laboratory are located as well.

XJTLU is located in the Higher Education Town of Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP), well-connected via nearby airports to cities such as Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, and Taipei, and via high-speed rail to other major cities in China, and just 25 minutes by rail from Shanghai. SIP is a major growth zone, including operations run by nearly one-fifth of the Fortune 500 top global companies. Greater Suzhou is now the fourth largest concentration of economic activity in China in terms of GDP ($195 billion in 2012). The broader Suzhou area encompasses the spirit of both old and new in China, with the historic old town’s canals, UNESCO World Heritage Site gardens, and the I.M Pei-designed Suzhou Museum attracting millions of tourists annually. SIP offers an excellent quality of life with high environmental standards. The nearby Jinji Lake provides attractive views, by day and by night, and there are a variety of shopping facilities, international and local restaurants, entertainment hubs and a great nightlife.  Suzhou is also home to four international schools.

To apply:
All applicants should apply using the HR online application system via http://job.xjtlu.edu.cn. Please click the ‘Apply’ button below and register a user account. After registration, you will be asked to upload your CV, submit a covering letter (in English) outlining your interest in the position, and complete the online Basic Information, Referees and Equal Opportunities forms. 

The salary range for the position is 23,850 – 29,222 RMB/month (Lecturer), and 29,664 – 40,497 RMB/month (Associate Professor). In addition, members of academic staff are entitled to accommodation and travel allowances, medical insurance, and relocation expenses.

Applications should be received by 15th November 2016 (quoting job reference ID 995067). Informal enquiries may be addressed to the Head of Department, Dr Zhoulin Ruan (Zhoulin.ruan@xjtlu.edu.cn).

To learn more about working & living in China, please visit: www.jobs.ac.uk/careers-advice/country-profiles/china

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