Senior Lecturer in Translation and Natural Language Processing

Guildford, United Kingdom
£50,132 to £56,403 per annum
03 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
01 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Literature & Languages

Location:      Guildford
Salary:      £50,132 to £56,403 per annum
Post Type:      Full Time
Closing Date:      Thursday 01 August 2019
Interview Date:      Tuesday 13 August 2019

The University of Surrey is a global university with a world-class research profile and an enterprising and forward-thinking spirit, committed to research and innovation excellence and to benefitting the economy, society and the environment. Our researchers practise their excellence against the backdrop of our broad spectrum of technological, human, health and social sciences, and their uncommonly strong linkages forged in an integrated campus culture of cooperation.

The Centre for Translation Studies(CTS) has been awarded a £3.56m Expanding Excellence in England grant to launch an ambitious new research programme, bringing together human-based research practices with cutting-edge advances in machine learning and AI,and focussing 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. We believe this direction of research is critical at a time when advances in automation are reshaping the language services industry into one of the fastest growing industries, nationally and globally. The ‘technological turn’ in translation creates exciting opportunities, but it also requires fresh approaches in order to understand all the dimensions of its impact, to mitigate drawbacks and to derive truly innovative solutions.

To complement existing excellence in CTS in researching applications of technologies in translation and interpreting, we are therefore seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer with expertise in translation or interpreting studies and natural language processing (especially deep learning approaches). We would be particularly interested to hear from candidates with industry experience and with a strong interest in combining human and automated approaches to translation/interpreting.

The post holder will be instrumental in developing a research group focussing on natural language processing in the context of translation and interpreting, making a strong contribution to achieving the strategic goals of CTS’s expanding research programme. She/he will also contribute research-led teaching to CTS’s translation programmes and develop updates of the programme portfolio to ensure it embraces emerging industry and research trends.

The successful candidate will be expected to have an emerging track record of high-quality research with internationally excellent outputs. She/he will have evidence of the ability to secure external research funding and will be able to demonstrate excellence in the development and delivery of teaching and the promotion of student experience.

Please note this post complements further new posts available in CTS. This is a unique opportunity – in collaboration with existing and other new CTS staff – to shape an emerging research agenda that will play an important role in translation studies.

For an informal discussion regarding this post, please contact Prof Sabine Braun, Director of CTS by email (

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