Université catholique de Louvain

Academic position in Translation and Interpreting Technologies

2023-11-13 (Europe/Brussels)
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Reference: 35412 / FIAL 079 / 2024 

UCLouvain seeks to recruit 

A full-time academic in Translation and Interpreting Technologies 

Main campus: Louvain-la-Neuve

About us

UCLouvain is in the top 1% of universities worldwide. Founded in the heart of Europe in 1425, the university brings together 40,000 students and 6,000 staff members on nine campuses in Brussels and Wallonia. Research and education activities are organised in 14 faculties, 22 research institutes, five learning centres and 18 libraries. UCLouvain also has two university hospitals.

UCLouvain is a major player in the transition to a sustainable society. The challenges of the ecological crisis are integrated into courses and the university develops numerous local projects (such as a university farm and sustainable campuses). As a digital university, UCLouvain is involved in open science and education, and trains academics in innovative teaching practices through its Louvain Learning Lab. Thanks to two science parks, the university’s research benefits from interaction with 250 companies and three incubators, which is fuelled further by being at the centre of a region driven by technological innovation.

UCLouvain has a long tradition of international collaborations for teaching and research through partnerships across the world. As a member of the Circle U. European University alliance, the university offers a unique opportunity to work in an environment of interconnected campuses across Europe (London, Paris, Berlin, Vienna, Pisa, Belgrade, Aarhus and Oslo).

The university has a gender and inclusion policy which prioritises equity and respect. Working at UCLouvain means contributing to the development of every individual’s skills and promoting the values of equality, transparency and efficiency.

Post description

Within the Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Letters and the Institute for Language and Communication, Social Sciences and Humanities Sector, post duties include teaching, research and community service activities.

  • Teaching 

You will teach mainly in the field of translation and interpreting, in particular courses at master’s level related to translation and interpreting technologies (machine translation and post-editing, computer-aided translation and interpreting tools, artificial intelligence applied to translation and interpreting) and practical translation or interpreting courses from one of the languages taught at the Louvain School of Translation and Interpreting of the FIAL faculty. You will also supervise master’s dissertations and study placements.

  • Research

You will develop your research activities, including research programme management, in the field of human-machine interaction and translation and interpreting technologies, and particularly in the fields of machine translation and post-editing, artificial intelligence applied to translation/interpreting/terminology, and computer-aided translation and interpreting. You will supervise PhD theses.

  • In addition …

Once you are tenured, you will carry out various service activities and responsibilities within the institution, such as programme committee and study jury roles and management responsibilities within the faculty or research institute.

You will also contribute to serving society, particularly in the economic, social, cultural or development cooperation fields. Finally, you will ensure, through research and teaching activities, the university’s international visibility.

Who we’re looking for

  • Education

You have a PhD in Translation and Interpreting Studies or a comparable field. You have completed it with an extended study period abroad or significant experience outside your home institution.

  • Experience

You have a proven track record in university teaching, evidenced where possible by formal evaluations. Your scientific experience is demonstrated by publications of international standing.

  • Skills

You work well as part of a team of teachers and integrate research results into your teaching. You are capable of conducting high-level scientific research, from obtaining funding to team management. You are creative, open to pedagogical innovation and multidisciplinarity.

You communicate in French and English. If this is not the case, you undertake to acquire a C2 command (European Framework of Reference for Languages) of these two languages within two years of taking up your post. Knowledge of other languages taught at the Louvain School of Translation and Interpreting is an asset.


  • You can use specialized technologies applied to translation and interpreting professional practices (computer-aided translation and interpreting, terminology extraction, translation quality evaluation, machine translation post-editing, project management, etc.).
  • You regularly take part in events organized by professional associations of translators and interpreters to build bridges between academia and the language industry.
  • You have professional experience in the language industry (translation, post-editing, interpreting and related fields).

What we offer

  • Tenure after positive assessment of the probationary period – typically four years. This type of career entitles you to a public sector pension.
  • Appointment as lecturer or professor according to your previous academic experience, as determined by the Rectoral Council.
  • Teaching load capped at 90 hours for a full-time tenure-track position, and 150 hours once tenured.
  • An attractive and progressive salary according to seniority and the promotion process.
  • A start date of 1 September 2024 at the earliest.
  • An integrated leadership and management training programme, including a range of pedagogical, linguistic and other training courses.
  • Benefits including transport, family, culture, commercial, etc.
  • Official policy that supports equal opportunities and promotes diversity within academic and all other categories of staff.
  • Specific emphasis on a work-life balance.

Practical Information

Application deadline: Monday, November 13th at noon (UTC+1 Time Zone)
Starting date: September 1st 2024


Social Sciences and Humanities Sector
Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Letters (FIAL) (https://uclouvain.be/fr/facultes/FIAL)
Institute for Language and Communication (ILC) (https://uclouvain.be/fr/instituts-recherche/ILC) 

Need more information?

Questions about this position?

Prof. Cédrick Fairon, Dean FIAL – doyen-fial@uclouvain.be
Prof. Pierre Fastrez, President ILC – president-ilc@uclouvain.be

Questions about the procedure?
Cécile Lion, Rector’s Office, cecile.lion@uclouvain.be

Questions about online application?
Andreea Chiriac, Rector’s Office, secretariat-vrpp@uclouvain.be


Apply only via the online application (applications submitted via any other channel will not be considered). 
To be considered, your application must contain within a single PDF:  

  • motivation letter;
  • current curriculum vitae;
  • full publication list and summary of three most significant recent publications;
  • research strategy: your five-year research programme AND a PhD thesis proposal for hiring a PhD student;
  • teaching programme;
  • copy of PhD diploma;
  • names and contact details of three to five persons who can recommend your application according to the mandatory current procedure.

For full details of the application : https://uclouvain.be/fr/emploi/candidature-aca.html

Job details

Academic position in Translation and Interpreting Technologies
Place de l'Université 1 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Application deadline
2023-11-13 23:59 (Europe/Brussels)
2023-11-13 23:59 (CET)
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