Assistant Professor, Chinese

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Tuesday, 10 September 2019
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 10 October 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Location Edinburgh, GB      

Organization Name School of Social Sciences - LINCS      

About Heriot-Watt University          

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

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About our Team            

The School of Social Sciences offers undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes and we have a strong international focus in both our teaching and research. We have excellent links and collaborative partnerships with leading business and language schools all over the world. The main focus of the Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies (LINCS) lies in the field of translation and interpreting studies, and we have developed a very distinctive profile in this area over almost 50 years. Whilst interpreting and translation remain at the forefront of our teaching and research, other areas of focus include sign language and cultural studies. LINCS houses two research centres: the Centre for Translation & Interpreting Studies in Scotland(CTISS) and the Intercultural Research Centre (IRC).

Detailed Description            

LINCS offers specialist Chinese courses on its postgraduate translating and interpreting programmes, as well as the undergraduate programme in International Business Management & Languages. Elective courses in Chinese language are also offered to non-specialists at beginners and post-beginners levels.

Key duties and responsibilities          

We are now looking to recruit two full-time members of staff to grow the Chinese team, either on a Teaching & Research contract or on a Teaching & Scholarship contract. The successful candidates will contribute primarily to teaching translation and interpreting courses at various levels, as well as Chinese language courses. We are ideally looking to appoint one candidate with the expertise to teach translating and/or interpreting from Chinese into English and one with the expertise to teach from English into Chinese. Successful candidates may also contribute to teaching in other areas of the Department and will be required to be involved in relevant administrative tasks.

Education, qualifications and experience            

The new staff members must have native / near-native proficiency in English and Chinese and have experience of teaching in areas of relevance to the department, such as Chinese language, translating and/or interpreting, Chinese studies, or business communication. They may also have experience in course coordination and a track record of research publications and international academic conference presentations. Applicants must have a postgraduate university qualification in a relevant field and should ideally have completed a research degree in a relevant field. They also should ideally have a generic teaching qualification. Experience of teaching Chinese in a translation/interpreting programme and/or a qualification as a practising interpreter/ translator would be advantageous but is not essential. Experience of working with Chinese universities would also be an advantage.

How To Apply          

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 10 October 2019.

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

Applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK will be considered alongside other applications.  For further information on this please visit the UK Visas & Immigration website:  https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas

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