FULL-TIME TENURE TRACK POSITION IN TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETING TECHNOLOGY AT KU LEUVEN

(ref. ZAP-2021-122) Last modification : Wednesday, November 3, 2021

The Faculty of Arts is internationally highly regarded for the quality of its teaching and research, and has a broad international academic network at its disposal. The Research Unit Translation Studies carries out high-quality and in-depth research in various subdisciplines of the broad field of Translation Studies, focusing on many languages and adopting a wide range of research methods. Together with the internationally reputed Centre for Translation Studies, the research unit is strongly committed to training young researchers and building international networks. A full-time tenure-track position in translation or interpreting technology is vacant in the Research Unit Translation Studies of the Faculty of Arts at KU Leuven. We seek applications from internationally oriented candidates with outstanding didactic skills and an excellent track record in research. The appointment starts on 1 October 2022.

Duties
Research

Your research fits the profile of the research group on Translation and Technology, which focuses on the use and evaluation of translation and interpreting technology (translation software, machine translation, computer-assisted interpreting and remote interpreting). The use of the various technological tools in specialised translation and during interpretation is the research focus in this group, where the efficiency of the translation and interpreting process and the quality of the translation products and interpretation services are assessed. Adopted approaches in this research group can be both qualitative and quantitative and are complemented by research methods in corpus and variational linguistics.  https://www.arts.kuleuven.be/vertaaltechnologie/translation_and_technology/index
Please note that it is recommended that your research also makes a good fit (in terms of topics and methods) with the ongoing research on language and technology at the Kulak Kortrijk campus (e.g. within ITEC, an imec research group of KU Leuven (https://itec.kuleuven-kulak.be/).
You will strive for excellence in your scholarly research: publish at the highest academic level, initiate national and international collaboration for and within the research group and help to promote and further develop such collaboration.
You are capable of obtaining competitive funding, and of attracting and supervising doctoral students.
You will see to the valorisation of your research.

Education

You will provide high-quality teaching as part of the Applied Linguistics option in the Bachelor’s programme of Linguistics and Literature at the Kulak Kortrijk Campus and in the Master’s programme of Translation and/or Interpreting at the Antwerp Campus. You will also contribute to the university’s pedagogical project by supervising Bachelor’s and Master’s theses.
You will develop your teaching in accordance with the KU Leuven vision on pro-active, research-based instruction and you will make use of the opportunities offered by the faculty and the university to further professionalise your teaching.
Your teaching duties, which will amount to a regular load of approximately 20 hours per week, includes the following subjects at the outset: 
For the Applied Linguistics option in the Bachelor’s programme of Linguistics and Literature:
• Vertaal- en tolkwetenschap (3 stp – ba1)• Tekstwetenschap (3stp – ba1)• Taal- en vertaaltechnologie (4 stp – ba2)• Tekstontwerp en -redactie (4 stp – ba2)
In the Master’s programmes in Translation and/or Interpreting, you will teach one or more courses (the exact nature of which is yet to be determined) in the fields of translation and/or interpreting technology.
Your teaching assignment will initially be at the faculty’s Kulak Kortrijk Campus, with a limited assignment at the Antwerp Campus. You should be prepared to carry out, where appropriate, teaching assignments at other campuses. 

Service

You are willing to take on tasks of internal and external, academic and other types of services, within the university, the faculty, the research group and the broader community. You are expected to participate in the provision of academic services and to take on managerial tasks within the faculty.

Profile

You hold a doctorate in Translation Studies (or a related field) 
You have a strong track record in research in the field of Translation Studies or in a related field.
You have demonstrable teaching skills at an academic level in the fields of translation studies and translation. Teaching experience is an asset. 
You possess organisational skills and you have a collegial mindset. You also exhibit leadership skills in a university context.
You are a team player.
The teaching duties require an immediate and thorough knowledge of Dutch, so we are looking for someone with a native or near native level of Dutch. The research profile requires a good knowledge of English in order to participate in the international scientific forum. Proficiency in other languages is recommended.

Offer

We offer full-time employment in an intellectually challenging environment. KU Leuven is a research-intensive, internationally oriented university that conducts both fundamental and applied academic research. It has a strong interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary focus and strives for international excellence. To this end, it collaborates actively with its research partners at home and abroad. It offers its students an academic education based on high-level scholarly research.
You will be appointed to the position of tenure track assistant professor for a period of 5 years; afterwards, subject to a positive evaluation, you will be appointed to the tenured position of associate professor.
KU Leuven is well-equipped to welcome foreign professors and their families and provides practical support with regard to immigration & administration, housing, childcare, learning Dutch, partner career coaching, etc. To facilitate academic onboarding and accelerate research in the first phase, a starting grant of 100,000 euro is offered to new professors who cannot rely on substantial other funding and who are appointed for at least 50%.

Interested?

Please add a research statement (max. 2 pages) to your motivation letter. In addition, please outline your vision on academic teaching in a teaching statement (max. 1 page).

For more information please contact the Head of the Translation Studies Research Unit, Prof. dr. Elke Brems, tel.: +32 2 609 37 49, mail: elke.brems@kuleuven.be or the Campus Dean of Kulak Campus Kortrijk, Prof. dr. Dagmar Vandebosch, tel.: +32 56 24 60 46, mail: dagmar.vandebosch@kuleuven.be.For problems with online applying, please contact solliciteren@kuleuven.be.
KU Leuven places great importance on research integrity and ethical conduct and will therefore ask you to sign an integrity statement upon appointment.
You can apply for this job no later than January 06, 2022 via the online application toolKU Leuven seeks to foster an environment where all talents can flourish, regardless of gender, age, cultural background, nationality or impairments. If you have any questions relating to accessibility or support, please contact us at diversiteit.HR@kuleuven.be.

For more information, see https://www.kuleuven.be/personeel/jobsite/jobs/60071999?hl=en&lang=en.

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