Professor of Translation Studies, Cardiff University


Job Category Academic – Teaching & Research
Career Pathway Teaching & Research
School / Directorate MLANG – School of Modern Languages
Advert As a member of the Russell Group, Cardiff University is recognised as one of the 24 leading research-intensive UK universities. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics at Cardiff University was ranked 7th of 57 submissions in the UK for the quality and impact of its research.
The School of Modern Languages is located within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and is home to approximately 900 undergraduate and postgraduate students and 54 academic staff. The School is recognised for its interdisciplinary teaching and research in Translation Studies, French, German, Spanish (with Catalan), Italian, Portuguese and Japanese. We are currently developing a suite of undergraduate programmes in Chinese Studies.
The School is also the home of a successful University wide ‘Languages for All’ programme, launched in September 2014. This is an integral part of Cardiff’s mission to extend its international reach. Staff and students are central to the vision of the School and the School and University invests in staff training and development in order to nurture leaders in research and teaching. At this time of expansion and development, the School has the opportunity to make a number of key strategic appointments, including a Professorship in Translation Studies.
You will be an outstanding scholar and academic leader of international distinction in the field of Translation Studies. You will have the vision and proven capacity to lead colleagues in successful external research grant capture and you will have produced high impact research and high quality publications. You will be expected to contribute to the School’s teaching and curriculum development, above all at postgraduate levels, and to play an active role in the strategic management of the School.
The appointment is full time and ongoing.
Salary: Point on the Cardiff Professorial scale.
The successful candidate will be expected to take up the post on or before 1st September 2015.
We particularly welcome female and BME applicants as they are under-represented within Cardiff at this level.
For informal enquiries about this vacancy please contact the Head of School, Professor Claire Gorrara, or telephone 02920 874955.
Date advert posted: Friday, 13 February 2015

Closing date: Thursday, 2 April 2015
Job Description
  • To be an outstanding scholar and academic leader of international distinction in the field of Translation Studies.
  • To play a leading role in enhancing and developing the research culture in the School, and to lead and mentor colleagues in major grant applications and the production of high impact research and high quality publications.
  • To possess and maintain established research interests and expertise in any area of Translation Studies.
  • To contribute to the strategic planning and management of the School ensuring its continuing success as a world-leading centre for research, teaching and public engagement.
  • To work collaboratively and successfully with academic and non-academic communities on projects that have impact value.
  • To contribute as a senior member of staff to the teaching and management of the School’s programmes, above all at postgraduate levels.
  • To contribute to the pastoral care of students in the School.
  • To represent the School within and beyond the University, as appropriate.
  • To ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements in respect of equality and diversity, data protection, copyright and licensing, security, financial and other University policies, procedures and codes as appropriate.
  • To take reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and of other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, EC directives and the University’s Safety, Health and Environment Policies and procedures and to cooperate with the University on any legal duties placed on it as the employer.
  • You may be asked to perform other duties occasionally which are not included above, but which will be consistent with the role.
Person Specification It is the School’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.
Please ensure when submitting the supporting statement document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, e.g. Supporting Statement for 1305BR.
If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed.
Essential Criteria

  1. An established international reputation as an academic leader in the field of Translation Studies.
  2. Demonstrable and sustained output of high quality internationally recognised publications in Translation Studies.
  3. Proven capacity and a track record of winning substantial externally funded research projects and building international networks and partnerships.
  4. Demonstrable ability to provide leadership to researchers in the School, especially in areas capable of stimulating new research and research-funding initiatives.
  5. Experience of mentoring and developing the research capacity of more junior colleagues.
  6. Evidence of research-led teaching, curriculum development and pedagogical innovation.
  7. Evidence of ability to attract PhD supervisees and successful PhD supervisions in the area of Translation Studies.
  8. Proven capacity to work collaboratively and effectively with academic and non-academic communities.
  9. Evidence of effective senior management and academic leadership at School or Departmental level.
  10. Native-level fluency in English and at least one other language.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Proven collegiality.
  2. Expertise in one or more of the following areas: audio-visual translation, interpreting, translation training/pedagogy, translation technology, specialised translation, corpus-based linguistics and translation.
  3. Ability to supervise students at postgraduate level that require expertise and experience of working in Arabic and/or Mandarin Chinese
  4. Wide-ranging experience of educational institutions and settings, including working with UK and European Research Councils and research organisations.
  5. Demonstrable experience of academic management in multi-disciplinary settings.
  6. Competency in the Welsh language.
Additional Information Cardiff University is committed to supporting, developing and promoting equality and diversity in all of its practices and activites to establish an inclusive culture free from discrimination and based upon the values of dignity, courtesy and respect.
The University is committed to ensuring that it provides and sustains a positive working environment for all its staff to flourish and achieve in pursuit of the University’s vision to be a world-leading University. As part of this commitment, the University developed a flexible and responsive framework of procedures to support staff in managing their work and personal commitments wherever possible.
Further information about the University and the School of Modern Languages can be found on the website:
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