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Professor of Language and Translation Technologies

University of Surrey - School of Literature & Languages

Location: Guildford
Salary: £71,384 to £82,210 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd August 2019
Closes: 25th September 2019
Job Ref: 043019-R

Interview Date:  Tuesday 15th October 2019

The University of Surrey is a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising and forward-thinking spirit, committed to research and innovation excellence and to benefitting the economy, society and the environment. Our researchers practise their excellence against the backdrop of our broad spectrum of technological, human, health and social sciences, and their uncommonly strong linkages forged in an integrated campus culture of cooperation.

The Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) has been awarded a £3.56m Expanding Excellence in England grant to launch an ambitious new research programme, bringing together human-based research practices with cutting-edge advances in machine learning and AI, and focussing on the convergence of human and automated approaches to different modalities of translation and interpreting in order to initiate a step-change in the broader translation research agenda. We believe this direction of research is critical at a time when advances in automation are reshaping the language services industry into one of the fastest growing industries, nationally and globally. The ‘technological turn’ in translation creates exciting opportunities, but it also requires fresh approaches in order to understand all the dimensions of its impact, to mitigate drawbacks and to derive truly innovative solutions.

To complement existing excellence in CTS in researching applications of technologies in translation and interpreting, we are therefore seeking to appoint a research leader with a proven track record in language and translation technologies, including machine learning and AI as applied to translation, and a strong interest in combining human and automated approaches to translation.

The post holder will develop and lead a research group in translation technologies, driving research in CTS in this area and making a significant contribution to achieving the strategic goals of CTS’s expanding research programme. She/he will also contribute academic leadership to CTS’s translation programmes and develop updates of the programme portfolio to ensure it embraces emerging industry and research trends. 

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate world-leading and world-changing research with outputs that are consistently recognised as internationally excellent in the field. She/he will have a significant track record of securing external research funding. Clear evidence of a commitment to collaboration with academic and non-academic partners will be essential as will be evidence of excellence in the development and delivery of teaching and the promotion of student experience.

Please note this post complements further new posts available in CTS.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Prof Sabine Braun, Director of CTS by email (s.braun@surrey.ac.uk).

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