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Monday, 26 June 2023 15:45

Assistant Professor in Interpreting/Translation Spanish-English, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

The School of Social Sciences is a diverse and multi-disciplinary school that offers Undergraduate and Postgraduate taughtprogrammes and has a strong international focus in both teaching and research. We have excellent links and collaborative partnerships with leading academic institutions, international organisations and professional bodies all over the world. The main focus of the Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies (LINCS) is in Translation, Interpreting, and Intercultural Studies. As one of the first universities to focus on applied languages, we have developed a very distinctive profile in this area over more than 50 years. 

LINCS offers taught undergraduate courses in Interpreting & Translation, Cultures and Communication, and Masters-level courses in Translation, Interpreting, and Intercultural Business Communication. The languages we offer are British Sign Language, Chinese, English, French, German, and Spanish. Staff conduct research on a range of topics related to language policy, sociolinguistics, translation and interpreting, migration, culture, and heritage, and supervise PhD students working on similar topics and on interdisciplinary projects. LINCS houses two research centres: the Centre for Translation & Interpreting Studies in Scotland (CTISS) and the Intercultural Research Centre (IRC), as well as a very active group of Sign Language researchers (SIGNS@HWU). 

Key responsibilities 

LINCS is currently looking to recruit a full-time member of staff on a Teaching & Research contract. The new staff member will contribute primarily to teaching Spanish-English Interpreting courses at various levels, and potentially also translation classes. They may also have the opportunity to contribute to courses for other languages taught in the Department (BSL, Chinese, French and German) where qualified, across a range of programmes, as well as cultural studies-related courses. They will also be required to take on relevant administration tasks. 

Required qualifications, skills and experience 

The applicant must have: 

  •  English as their first language (L1) with Spanish at near-native/C2 level (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), and preferably one further language taught in LINCS (BSL, Chinese, French, German) at near-native/C2 level.  
  •    Expertise in teaching and assessing Spanish interpreting, and ideally also translation, at university level. 
  •  A postgraduate university qualification in a relevant field. 

Desired qualifications, skills and experience 

The applicant will ideally also have: 

  • Experience in other areas of LINCS teaching and Continuing Professional Development activities. 
  • Completed, or be on track to complete, a research degree in a relevant field. 
  • Professional experience of interpreting and/or translation. 

Applications can be submitted up to 23:59 (UK time) on Saturday 15th July 2023.

Shortlisting of applicants will take place by 10th July, and interviews will be scheduled later in July, either face to face or via video remote link-up.  Please ensure that you are available. 

The position has an ideal start date of 1st September 2023. 

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