Head of Department, Professor/Senior/Associate Professor in Translation and Interpreting

  • Xian Jiaotong Liverpool University (xjtlu)
  • Suzhou, China
  • Sep 15, 2021
Full time Languages & Literature

Job Description

DEPARTMENT: Translation and Interpreting

ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: Translation and Interpreting Studies

POSITION TITLE: Head of Department, Professor/Senior Associate Professor/Associate Professor

LOCATION: SUZHOU CAMPUS

SALARY:

Associate Professor: 36,127 - 38,967 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 42,705 RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)

Senior Associate Professor: 43,353 - 45,941 RMB/month (with the opportunity to go to 49,319 RMB/month based on future annual performance and evaluations after being in post)

Professor:  A competitive salary in line with expectations for the discipline

POSITION OPEN DATE: 14 September 2021

ADVERTISEMENT CLOSING DATE: 22 October 2021

JOB ID: 2282

CONTRACT TYPE: Fixed-Term/3-year contract, renewable. 3rd contract is open-ended

University Overview

Located in Suzhou, China, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) is a young, dynamic and EMI university founded in 2006, and is a unique collaborative institution and first joint-venture university in China to offer both UK (University of Liverpool) and Chinese (Ministry of Education) accredited undergraduate degrees for more than 100 programmes. XJTLU also aims to become truly research-led and has committed significant investment into research development and the expansion of master's and PhD student numbers on campus. The university has over 18,000 students and nearly 1000 academic staff representing in excess of 90 nationalities. For detailed information about the university, please visit www.xjtlu.edu.cn

Department Overview

The Department of Translation and Interpreting is an integral part of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is among the newest and most vibrant departments at XJTLU. Established in September 2020, the Department brings together experts from across the world and encourages and promotes research in such areas as culture translation, drama translation, media translation, translation education, translation technology and interpreting studies, aiming at fostering a teaching and research culture of excellence, integrity and professionalism in translation and interpreting.

As an education unit, the Department teaches the translation pathway modules in the BA English Studies programme and is currently developing innovative translation and interpreting programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels that will be attractive to both Chinese and international students. Staff in the Department supervise PhD projects on topics related to their research in the areas of translation and interpreting studies. The Department is also operating two laboratories with the most advanced equipment and facilities designed for professional training in translation, consecutive interpreting and simultaneous interpreting. In addition, the Department offers students a range of opportunities to hone their translation and interpreting skills by doing translation and interpreting practices both within and outside the University. It is working to produce high calibre translators, interpreters and effective cultural negotiators who will bring China to the world and the world to China.

Please read further about the Department's research, teaching, and staff profiles by exploring this site: https://www.xjtlu.edu.cn/en/study/departments/academic-departments/translation-and-interpreting/

Responsibilities and Duties

The Department seeks to appoint the Head of Department, and/or Professor/Senior Associate Professor/Associate Professor in Translation and Interpreting. The successful appointee should be an expert in translation and/or interpreting studies. He or she will be expected to:

  • Provide leadership at departmental, school and university levels in teaching, research and service.
  • Promote a culture of teaching and research excellence in the department.
  • Develop and implement a strategic vision for the department, in alignment with the university's strategic plan.
  • Allocate, manage and deploy resources to support the operations of the department.
  • Coordinate and deliver modules in the fields of translation and interpreting studies.
  • Supervise students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
  • Contribute to the further development of a high-quality curriculum and assessment practices in the department.
  • Produce high quality research and publications of international excellence.
  • Apply for external research funding and work on funded research projects.
  • Forge cross-disciplinary collaborative research links within and outside XJTLU.

Personal Attributes

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Academic management/leadership experiences.
  • The ability to communicate academic work to a variety of stakeholders (e.g., fellow academics, students, industry insiders, policy makers, the general public, etc.).
  • The ability and a strong desire to work in a multi-cultural environment.
  • The ability to adapt to institutional changes, identify desirable outcomes and achieve goals with a specified timeframe.
  • The ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and work cooperatively within the Department, School, University, and international networks.

Essential Qualifications/Experiences

Associate Professor:

  • PhD in Translation and Interpreting Studies, or a relevant related discipline.
  • Delivery of high quality, effective teaching, including the development of innovative approaches in module delivery, curriculum development at both module and programme level, as well as assessment.
  • Completion of a recognised qualification in the practice of learning and teaching at higher education level (e.g., HEA fellow).
  • Ability to conduct high quality research activity, as evidenced for example by publication in international peer reviewed journals, research grant income, and supervision of doctoral students to completion.
  • Evidence of a clear research, funding and publication strategy.
  • Evidence of the capacity and willingness to take a leading role in the department and/or school.

Senior Associate Professor:

  • PhD in Translation and Interpreting Studies (or a relevant related discipline), with at least 10 years of university experience.
  • A demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence.
  • Substantial experience with programme development and curriculum design.
  • Evidence of external recognition for teaching and assessment
  • Completion of a recognised qualification in the practice of learning and teaching at higher education level (e.g., HEA fellow).
  • Ability to conduct sustained, high quality research activity, as evidenced for example by publication in international peer reviewed journals, research grant income, and supervision of doctoral students to completion.
  • Evidence of international recognition in the research subject area.
  • Successful record of higher education administrative and managerial experience, including effective line management and team building, as well as strategic planning and budget management.

Professor:

  • PhD in Translation and Interpreting Studies (or a relevant related discipline), with at least 10 years of university experience.
  • An international standing and profile within the relevant subject area, and evidence that this standing and profile will continue to be developed and enhanced.
  • Distinguished academic leadership within the subject area at an international level.
  • Demonstration of, and further capacity to, make a significant contribution to the continued enhancement of the University's reputation within the subject area both regionally and internationally.
  • Considerable leadership and management experience, including the effective management and use of resources.
  • Evidence of the capacity and willingness to assume major leadership roles within the University.
  • Full engagement with the University's strategies and policies, and evidence of a capability to contribute substantially to the development of those strategies.

Desirable Qualifications:

  • Strong academic networks.
  • Evidence of the capacity and willingness to engage with the broader scholarly and professional communities.
  • Leading journal editorships or associate editorships.
  • Cross-cultural sensitivity.
  • Familiarity with China and Chinese higher education.
  • Familiarity with the British system of higher education.

Compensation Package

Members of Academic Staff are entitled to subsidies for accommodation, travel, and children's education, medical insurance, and a one-time relocation allowance is provided. Overseas staff may receive a tax "holiday", depending on nationality and personal circumstances.

Citizenship and Visa Regulations

Employment at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is regulated by Chinese Labour Laws, and must comply with the regulations of the provincial government. These regulations stipulate who is eligible for legal employment with regard to obtaining work permits and visas. Please be advised candidates over 65 may not be eligible for PRC work visa.

To Apply

Please send your application online.

https://career15.sapsf.cn/career?career_company=xjtlu

Applications must be submitted in a single pdf file that includes 3 parts in the order of:

  • A cover letter
  • A current CV, including date of birth, country of citizenship, and highest degree level
  • Contact Details for Three References

Applications should be received by the closing date stated above.

For specific enquiries relating to the position, please email Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr Beibei Tang at Beibei.Tang@xjtlu.edu.cn. Informal enquiries may be addressed to HRBP Wenwen Ke, at Wenwen.Ke@xjtlu.edu.cn. Please quote the position and job ID (2282) in your enquiry.

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