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Translation in a language typological perspective (5+3), 2019-19

PhD fellowship in the field of Translation in a language typological perspective (5+3)

The Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, in collaboration with Aarhus University Research Foundation (AUFF Starting Grant), invites applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship in Translation in a language typological perspective provided the necessary funding is available. This PhD fellowship is available as of 1 January 2020 for a period of up to three years (5+3). The candidate who is awarded the fellowship must commence his/her PhD degree programme on 1 January 2020. 

The PhD fellowship will be financed by the 2 parties.

The PhD fellowship is advertised within the field of Translation in a language typological perspective.

This PhD project is part of the overall research project The impact of typological contrasts on learning and translation practice, which aims to investigate how lexical and/or morphosyntactic typological differences between the Germanic (e.g. Danish, German ) and the Romance (e.g. Spanish, French) languages influence the way we translate and interpret translated texts, and acquire a foreign language.

In your project description you must focus on the challenges associated with translation between the Germanic and Romance languages. You can include one or more language pairs in your study, and you can, for example, relate to the following basic research questions:
a) Are there grounds for assuming that language typological differences affect the nature, quantity and structuring of the information communicated between the original text in a language and its translation into another ?, and
b) Can typological contrasts between the languages in question ​​lead to variation in recipients’ perception of the events and state-of-affairs expressed by the original and the translated text?

The empirical basis for your project may be, but is not limited to, professional texts, e.g. in the legal, technical or economic field.

In addition, for the execution of your project, knowledge of relevant data collection and data processing methods, such as eye-tracking, key-logging, statistical tools and text reading tools, will be an advantage.

The PhD student must complete the studies in accordance with the valid regulations for the PhD degree programme, currently the Ministerial Order of 27 August 2013 on the PhD degree programme at the universities: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/phdstudystructure/

Rules and regulations for the PhD degree programme at the Graduate School at Arts: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/  

The PhD fellow will be enrolled as a PhD student at the Graduate School at Arts, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, with the aim of completing a PhD degree at the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University.

The PhD student will be affiliated with the PhD programme Language, Linguistics, Communication and Cognition.

The PhD student’s place of work will be the School of Communication and Culture, Aarhus University. In general, the student is expected to be present at the school on an everyday basis.

The PhD degree programme is expected to include a lengthy research stay at a foreign institution, cf. Description of the graduate school’s PhD degree programme.

School of Communication and Culture’s research programme:


5+3 programme

When you apply for a 3-year PhD fellowship (5+3), you must have completed your two year Master’s degree (120 ECTS) no later than 31 December 2019.

The PhD fellow will be employed as a PhD student at the Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University. The terms of employment are in accordance with the agreement between the Danish Ministry of Finance and the Danish Confederation of Professional Associations (see section 6.1.4), as well as with the protocol to the agreement covering staff with university degrees in the state sector (see enclosure 5). The agreement and the protocol including amendments are available online: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/thephddegreeprogramme/

Salary: http://phd.arts.au.dk/financing/salary-and-employment/salary-5-3/


If you require professional guidance regarding your application for the PhD fellowship please contact the PhD programme director at Language, Linguistics, Communication and Cognition:  http://phd.arts.au.dk/about-us/contact/

For further information, please contact Associate Professor Henrik Høeg Müller, School of Communication and Culture, henhm@cc.au.dk, Phone + 45 25 39 70 49.

The application can be written in both Danish and English.

All applicants must document English language qualifications comparable to an 'English B level' in the Danish upper secondary school ('gymnasium'). Please see this page for further information: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/english-test/  

Applications for the PhD fellowship and enrolment in the PhD degree programme can only be submitted via Aarhus University’s web-based facility.

Guidelines for the application facility: http://phd.arts.au.dk/applicants/how-to-apply/


Deadline for applications: 1 October 2019 at 23.59 Danish time (CET/CETS).
Reference number: 2019-19

During the assessments, Aarhus University can conduct interviews with selected applicants.