Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Department of Foreign Languages and Translation) at the University of Agder, Norway

By | June 10, 2021

A fixed-term 100 % position is available at the University of Agder, Faculty of Humanities and Education, as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow affiliated to the Department of Foreign Languages and Translation, for a period of two years. The position is located at the University of Agder’s Kristiansand campus. The starting date is according to agreement. About the Faculty:
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The position is linked to the research project Default translation: entrenched patterns in translated language and how they emerge (De-Trans). This project investigates the properties of uninterrupted translation production in keystroke log data. The project is hosted at the University of Agder and involves an international research team.


The successful candidate will be based at UiA in Kristiansand and work along with a project team.

The aim of the De-Trans project is to investigate translators’ online text production. The majority of research in the field of Cognitive Translation and Interpreting Studies has involved those areas of text production that represent slow, deliberative problem-solving. This project, in contrast, studies translation choices that are fast, first and frequent, associated with a so-called ‘default production mode’.

The post-doctoral research fellow will be involved in the collection and analysis of keystroke log data in multiple groups of translating subjects. Analysis will involve statistical modelling to identify the factors associated with so-called default segments. The successful candidate may be involved in developing variations on the basic research design, including task variation (from-scratch translation versus post-editing) and the possible inclusion of additional data streams (eye-tracking, cued retrospection). In addition to research responsibilities, the successful candidate may also be required to organize the occasional seminar or participate in MA supervision or assessment.

Required qualifications

  • A PhD degree in Translation Studies or in linguistics with a relevant translation-oriented dissertation.
  • Candidates must have obtained their doctorate or have submitted their doctoral thesis before the appointment decision is made and must have defended their thesis by the starting date.
  • Interest in empirical studies of the translation process.
  • Strong data analysis skills.
  • Extensive experience with research design and statistical analysis
  • Strong academic writing skills.
  • Excellent spoken and written English.
  • Strong language skills in either German, a Scandinavian language, Spanish, Italian or Polish.

Further provisions relating to the positions as Post-Doctoral Research Fellows can be found in the Regulations Concerning Terms and CConditions of Employment for the post of Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Research Fellow, Research Assistant and Resident.

Desired qualifications

  • Organizational and teamwork skills, with a willingness to work on a larger research project in an international team of researchers.
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to public engagement activities.
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.
  • Excellent verbal communication skills.

Personal qualities

  • Good communication and teamwork skills, analytical mind, scientific curiosity and creativity, interest and motivation, accuracy, attention to detail, commitment and concentration, patience, ability to work and deliver under pressure.
  • Personal qualities and suitability for the position will be emphasized.

We offer

  • professional development in a large, exciting and socially influential organization a positive, inclusive and diverse working environment.
  • modern facilities and a comprehensive set of welfare offers membership of the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

More about working at UiA

The position is remunerated according to the State Salary Scale, salary plan 17.510, code 1352, NOK 545 300 – 566 700 gross salary per year. Higher salary grades may be considered for particularly well-qualified applicants. A compulsory pension contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund is deducted from the pay according to current statutory provisions.

General information

UiA is an open and inclusive university. We believe that diversity enriches the workplace and makes us better. We, therefore, encourage qualified candidates to apply for the position independent of gender, age, cultural background, disability or an incomplete CV.

Women are encouraged to apply for the position.

The successful applicant will have rights and obligations in accordance with the current regulations for the position, and organisational changes and changes in the duties and responsibilities of the position must be expected. The appointment is made by the University of Agder’s Appointments Committee for Teaching and Research Positions.

Short-listed applicants will be invited for an interview. With the applicant’s permission, UiA will also conduct a reference check before appointment. Read more about the employment process.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act § 25 (2), applicants may request that they are not identified in the open list of applicants. The University, however, reserves the right to publish the names of applicants. Applicants will be advised of the University’s intention to exercise this right.


The application and any necessary information about education and experience (including diplomas and certificates) are to be sent electronically. Use the link “Apply for this job”.

The following documentation must be uploaded electronically:

  • An application letter in English that addresses the desired qualifications for the position as described above.
  • A curriculum vitae in English, including a complete list of publications.
  • Certificates with grades.
  • Up to 5 publications or academic articles (including the Doctoral thesis).
  • List of reference persons: 2-3 references to be contacted at the final stage of the application process.

The applicant is fully responsible for submitting complete digital documentation before the closing date. All documentation must be available in a Scandinavian language or in English.

Application deadline: 24 June 2021


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