University Assistant (post doc)

Reference number10573

A half-day post-doctoral position (with the option to extend it to a full position) with a focus on online collaborative translation, limited to 6 years is advertised at the Centre for Translation studies (collaboration with Prof. Dr. Cornelia Zwischenberger). It is desirable that the successful candidate writes a habilitation dedicated to the issue of online collaborative translation (e.g. Translation Crowdsourcing, Fansubbing, Fandubbing, Translation hacking etc.) as a specific type of transcultural communication where both the translation product and process are characterised by particular hybridity. Therefore, relevant previous experience with the topic and respective publications should already be available.

The Centre for Translation Studies (ZTW) at the University of Vienna, Austria is one of 20 academic units (faculties and centres) of the University of Vienna. In addition to the area of teaching (transcultural communication, translation studies, translation and interpreting education in 14 languages, etc.), the Centre conducts research in several key research areas. Cutting-edge research is conducted by professors, habilitated staff members, predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers, senior lecturers and many more. More than 120 lecturers teach translation-related subjects to about 3,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Duration of employment: 6 year/s

Extent of Employment: 20 hours/week
Job grading in accordance with collective bargaining agreement: §48 VwGr. B1 lit. b (postdoc) with relevant work experience determining the assignment to a particular salary grade.

Job Description:
Active participation in research, teaching and administration:
– Developing and strengthening of an independent research profile with a focus on online collaborative translation
– Involvement in research projects
– International publications and presentations
– (Active participation in) project applications and third-party funding
– Preparing/writing a (publication-ready) habilitation and/or development of an internationally competitive research profile
– Independent teaching as defined by the collective agreement
– Supervision of students
– Participation in evaluation measures and quality assurance
– Participation in administrative tasks

– Doctoral degree/PhD degree
– Technical and methodological competence (proven by publications)
– teaching experience at a university or college and/or in adult education
– excellent written and oral competence in the German language
– very good written and oral competence in English
– very good command of at least one more language present at the Centre for Translation Studies
– very good IT user skills
– ability to work in a team

In addition the successful candidate should have:
– Experience in working on research projects and applying for third-party funding
– Publications in renowned publication media (with peer-review)
– International presentations/lectures
– Experience in working abroad

Documents for application:
– Letter of motivation
– An academic CV
– List of publications
– List of presentations/lectures held
– List of your teaching experiences/courses held (including a very short description of their contents)
– Description of research plans and the intended habilitation project (4-6 pages)
– Copies of your MA-, Magister- or Diploma certificates and your PhD certificate

Research fields:

Main research field
Special research fields Importance
Linguistics and Literature
Translation studies MUST

Applications including a letter of motivation (German or English) should be submitted via the Job Center to the University of Vienna ( no later than 05.04.2020, mentioning reference number 10573.

For further information please contact Zwischenberger, Cornelia +43-1-4277-58030.

The University pursues a non-discriminatory employment policy and values equal opportunities, as well as diversity ( The University lays special emphasis on increasing the number of women in senior and in academic positions. Given equal qualifications, preference will be given to female applicants.

Human Resources and Gender Equality of the University of Vienna

Reference number: 10573