The University is organised into about 140 different departments, each of which recruits its own staff. These vacancies are in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, which is based at 41 Wellington Square.
The Modern Languages Faculty has roughly 1,000 undergraduates reading for the Honour School of Modern Languages or one of five Joint Schools, and approximately 150 graduate students; there are around 100 academic staff holding university posts. The main subjects studied are French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Portuguese, Modern Greek, and Linguistics.
The Faculty is partly college-based, and partly housed in University buildings in Wellington Square, where 25 academic staff and the 11 administrative staff have offices. It also supports 6 language instructors, 4 of whom are based in the Language Centre.
The University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and committed to valuing diversity.
Part-Time Post-doctoral Research Assistant (Creative Multilingualism – Prismatic Translation)
The AHRC-funded Creative Multilingualism programme is conducting research on the interaction between multilingualism and creativity, and rethinking the identity of Modern Languages. We are seeking a post-doctoral researcher to work on Prismatic Translation, one of the programme’s seven research strands.
The Prismatic Translation strand will pursue comparative cultural, literary, linguistic and cognitive research by tracking texts in detail across several languages and scripts. Alongside the research, we will explore the creative possibilities of Prismatic Translation in collaboration with school students, translators and digital media practitioners.
You will contribute to the design and execution of the research, writing literature reviews, undertaking bibliographic work, and providing editorial assistance. You will identify innovative ways to present research results, and represent the strand at external meetings. You will help co-ordinate an international network of researchers, and facilitate links between the strand and the rest of the programme, including organising events.
You will have a good first degree and a doctorate in a relevant subject, excellent written and spoken English, and fluency in at least one other language. Fluency in a language with a non-alphabetic writing system is desirable. In addition you will have excellent bibliographic and general research skills, and the ability to engage and enthuse others, especially young people. Ideally you will have research interests in translation and comparative literature, and skill in website editing, typography and text design.
This is a part-time (0.2 FTE), fixed-term post until 30 June 2020, starting as soon as possible.
Applications should be made online, and you will be required to upload a CV, a supporting statement and the names and addresses of two referees as part of your online application.
The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 2 November 2016