Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting Studies with Chinese

Edinburgh, UK
Jun 18, 2020
Jul 18, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Type
We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting Studies with Chinese.

The appointee will engage in research, teaching on the postgraduate curriculum, and contribute to our postgraduate teaching, supervision and administration in all areas of the Translation Studies Graduate Programme (Masters and PhD).

This post is offered on a 12-month fixed term, full-time basis (35 hours per week) from 1st September 2020.

Salary scale is Grade UE08, £41,526 to £49,553 per annum.

Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of Dr Hephzibah Israel, Programme Director, Translation Studies, to llc.recruitment@ed.ac.uk.

The closing date for receipt of applications is no later than 5.00pm (GMT) on 16th July 2020.

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our
commitment to addressing an equalities, diversity and inclusion agenda.

1. Job Details

Job title: Lecturer in Translation and Interpreting Studies with Chinese
School/Support Department: Graduate School, Literatures, Languages and Cultures
Line manager: Postgraduate Director

2. Job Purpose

The appointee will have a record of excellence in research, with a portfolio of publications appropriate to their career stage. They will provide teaching in all areas of the Translation Studies Graduate Programme curriculum, and will have a commitment to innovative approaches in teaching (including online/blended teaching). They will be expected to develop courses particularly in Interpreting Studies to be offered as options courses. The successful candidate will be expected to play a full part in the collegiate life of the subject area and of the School, and to undertake appropriate administrative roles.

3. Main Responsibilities (and approximate % of time)

The post holder will be expected to:
  • Undertake teaching in all areas of the Translation Studies Graduate Programme and supervision of postgraduate students (40%);
  • Conduct research leading to outputs of the highest quality, developing links with the academic and professional community, and, as appropriate, engaging in knowledge exchange and impact (35%);
  • Carry out appropriate administrative duties within the TS Graduate Programme and School, as required (20%);
  • Any other duties as required (5% of time).

  • 4. Planning and Organising

    The post holder will take responsibility for planning and organising their teaching, research and administrative duties.

    5. Problem Solving

    The post holder will manage and resolve teaching-related issues, to do with course design (for a mixed cohort of students both on and off-campus), assessment and delivery. They will also plan, devise, and secure funding for research projects involving appropriate methodologies, partnerships and strategies.

    6. Decision Making

    The post holder will be required to decide on appropriate approaches to course design, development, teaching and assessment for delivering high-quality courses; demonstrate the ability to respond to and pursue appropriate channels for research funding; and contribute to the decision-making relating to the appointee's personal strategy for research and that of the wider team.

    7. Key Contacts/Relationships

    Key contacts will include members of the Translation Studies Graduate Programme and colleagues within the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. Relationships will also be built with national and international networks of researchers and practitioners working in the field.

    8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job


    • A PhD in Translation and/or Interpreting Studies or equivalent academic research
    • Fluent in Chinese language
    • Teaching experience appropriate to the applicant's career stage, and evidence of ability in relation to teaching on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, indicative of commitment to, and potential for, excellence in teaching, and in the development of courses.
    • Evidence of sustained and developing research and peer-reviewed publication activities in the field of Translation and/or Interpreting Studies.
    • Evidence of attainments in, or skills sufficient to, the development of a full range of supervisory activities from Honours dissertations to PhD theses, inclusive.
    • Excellent communication skills - verbal, written, online and face-to-face.
    • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work both independently and collegially, managing and prioritising within a varied workload.


    • Experience of developing postgraduate courses in Interpreting Studies;
    • Experience of PhD supervision;
    • Experience of teaching online or in using blended/flipped teaching methods
    • Relevant administrative experience;
    • Evidence of commitment to public engagement;
    • Capacity for innovation and leadership in the development of teaching materials.

    9. Dimensions

    The Translation Studies Graduate Programme at the University of Edinburgh has been running successfully for more than two decades, currently offering students eight language options to work with, with a total of 13 members of staff from the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures contributing to the programme from the various language units. There are three full-time staff members in Translation Studies and a lively PhD research environment.

    10. Any other relevant information

    This post is offered on a 12-month fixed term, full-time basis (35 hours per week) from 1st September 2020.

    Informal queries can be emailed for the attention of Dr Hephzibah Israel, Programme Director, Translation Studies, to llc.recruitment@ed.ac.uk.

    The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our
    commitment to addressing an equalities, diversity and inclusion agenda.

    Application Procedure

    All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page. The application process is quick and easy
    to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV
    and other attachments.

    You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

    The closing date is 5pm (GMT) on 16th July 2020.

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    Conditions of Employment

    Pension Scheme

    This role is grade UE08 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

    For further information please visit our Pensions website .


    The role is grade UE08 and attracts an annual salary of £41,526 to £49,553 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

    The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.
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