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PhD Studentship Opportunity in Machine-Assisted Translation

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Project Description

This project offers full scholarships (at Home/EU rates) to suitable PhD candidates who wish to work on the interaction between translation and technology, especially with regard to the interface between human and machine translation.

Established in 1982, the University of Surrey Centre for Translation Studies (CTS) is one of the UK’s leading centres for research, scholarship and teaching in translation and interpreting. CTS has recently secured funding for strategic expansion, which will enable the centre to integrate its established expertise in how professional translators/interpreters interact with, and adapt to, emerging technological ecosystems with research into the automation of these practices. This expansion project seeks to recruit eligible PhD candidates who are willing to conduct research in the following area:

PhD in Machine-Assisted Translation
We are seeking a candidate who is interested in pursuing a PhD with a focus on how the capabilities of humans and machines may be integrated. This research agenda may entail the development of corpus-based language and translation technologies to assist different forms of text production in interlingual/intralingual written translation. It may inter alia focus on machine translation/machine learning with a view to enhancing human output, machine translation post-editing and revision, quality and evaluation of human and machine translation, and computer-assisted translation.

The successful project will need to rely on a solid, evidence-based, eclectic mixed-methods approach benefiting from cross-fertilization among different disciplines (such as machine learning/artificial intelligence, natural language processing, corpus linguistics, translation studies etc.) in order to further the development of tools, resources and training for enhanced communication across languages and types of languages, to conceptually map out intersections of machine and human translation, and to explore the usability of and social responsibility in automated translation solutions. The successful candidate will benefit from excellent technological working conditions, international contacts, and a stimulating interdisciplinary work environment.

This is a 3 year project, commencing in October 2019.

Supervisor profile:

Dr Ana Frankenberg-Garcia
Ana Frankenberg-Garcia is a Reader in Translation Studies and Programme Leader for the MA in Translation. Ana’s research focuses on corpus linguistics applications in translation, lexicography and assisted writing. Ana was Principal Investigator of COMPARA, Chief Editor of the Oxford Portuguese Dictionary, and is currently Principal Investigator of ColloCaid.

Entry requirements:
First class or upper second class BA and Master’s level degree (or international equivalent) in Translation Studies, Linguistics, Computer Science or related field.
IELTS test (test not older than 2 years): 6.5 or above (or equivalent) with at least 7.0 in the writing component and at least 6.0 in the other components.

How to apply:
Applications can be made through the CTS PhD in Translation and Interpreting page: Please state project title clearly on your research statement – this statement should be 1,000 words long, excluding references and must be uploaded in .DOC format in the “research proposal” area of the application portal. Applicants should also include a copy of their CV, two academic references and their completed academic degrees and degree transcripts. Applicants are encouraged to email Prof. Sabine Braun [Email Address Removed] first to discuss their application.

Funding Notes

A stipend of £15,009 for 19/20, which will increase each year in line with the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) rate, plus Home/EU-rate fee allowance of £4,327 (with automatic increase to UKRI rate each year) and £500 for conference travel.

Please note that higher tuition fees apply for non UK/EU/EEA students and that the PhD studentships offered in the remit of this scheme are at EU/Home rates. For classification of fee status, please see:

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