[Job Vacancy] Research Fellow – University of Surrey


School of Literature & Languages

Location:  Guildford
Salary:  £32,817 to £34,804 per annum
Fixed Term until 30/11/2022
Post Type:  Full Time
Advert Placed:  Wednesday 19 August 2020
Closing Date:  Friday 18 September 2020
Interview Date:  Tuesday 29 September 2020
Reference:  034120

The Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) is an internationally recognised centre for research, scholarship and teaching in translation and interpreting, and has recently been awarded a £3.56m Expanding Excellence in England grant to launch an ambitious new research programme. This programme will bring together human-based research practices with cutting-edge advances in machine learning and AI, focusing 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.

To support the expansion programme, we seek to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with expertise in applying natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning (ML) approaches to problems in translation or interpreting studies. The successful candidate will undertake research relevant to current and future projects in CTS, with a specific focus on designing, creating, and applying NLP-based methods within translation/interpreting research. S/he will contribute to the development of this area within CTS. The success of the research programme requires multidisciplinary collaborations. Good communication, presentation and project management skills are therefore essential as is a strong interest in combining human and automated approaches to translation/interpreting. Experience in the development of research proposals and in securing external research funding would be a plus.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a PhD in NLP, computational linguistics, linguistics or a closely related field.
  • proven experience of using NLP to solve problems related to translation/interpreting
  • proficiency in programming languages such as Python
  • experience using the relevant NLP and ML libraries and frameworks (especially deep learning frameworks)
  • an emerging track record of excellent publications commensurate with career stage
  • experience with applying for external funding
  • very good communication skills

You will join a dynamic and multidisciplinary team of academics and researchers combining interests and expertise in human and machine translation, interpreting, audiovisual translation, computational linguistics, human-computer interaction, multimodality and related disciplines.

This is a fixed-term post until 30 November 2022, but there is a possibility to extend the post if external research funding can be secured. The start date is as soon as possible, but not later than November 2020.

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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Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£31,866) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate.  Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£32,817).