CLOSED – Postdoctoral Researcher – Translation and Global Media

School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, University of Galway

Ref. No. University of Galway 315-22

The University of Galway is recruiting a full-time, fixed term Postdoctoral Researcher for 36 months. The successful candidate will join a diverse and international research team on the PIETRA Project led by Professor Anne O’Connor, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures.

The position is funded by a European Research Council Consolidator Grant awarded to Professor O’Connor and is available from March 2023 for 36 months.

The project

PIETRA is the first, large-scale, multilingual study of the translation products and processes that underpin communication in global religion. The project focuses on translation practices in the institution of the Catholic Church and the multilingual communication of religious messages against a background of technological change. It poses key research questions relating to consistency of message in a large multilingual institution across different languages, cultures and communicative formats. PIETRA analyses the translation processes and products of the Catholic Church across three different media (print, web and social media) and in two different time periods to advance understandings of how multilingual dissemination intersects with technological change and institutional ideology. PIETRA combines the latest advances in empirical translation research, data capture and analytics, with sociological and ethnographic investigations to form a model for the analysis of the products and processes of large-scale multilingual dissemination.

The place

This post will be based in the Moore Institute for Research in the Humanities and Social Studies, located in the Hardiman Research Building at the University of Galway. The researcher will work with the other members of the research team and will benefit from dedicated training, mentorship and networking activities. The research team will comprise of the PI, 2 postdoctoral researchers, 2 Research Assistants and 3 doctoral students.

Job Description:

The Postdoctoral Researcher (PDR)will work on the analysis of translations published on digital platforms, social media and news websites by the Catholic Church. The PDR will be responsible for the transcription and pseudonymisation of interviews and will be involved in the dissemination of project findings. This will include co-authoring and presenting conferences papers; co-authoring peer-reviewed articles; co-ordinating social media communications, and co-creating and organising dissemination events.


  • Using corpus analysis tools for the study of translations across multiple platforms.
  • Conducting ethnographic research on translation practices.
  • Analysing the religious translation processes and output.
  • Promotion of the project including project website and social media.
  • Contribution to project progress reports and day to day running of the project.
  • Building collaborative relationships with researchers
  • Attending core meetings
  • Preparation of research work for publication, individually or in collaboration with research team, and dissemination of results as appropriate (peer-reviewed publications, conference presentations)

Qualifications/Skills Required:

Essential Requirements:

Suitable candidates must meet the following criteria

  • PhD in Translation or related area (submitted before interview date)
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Evidence of strong organizational and interpersonal skills
  • English proficiency plus proficiency in at least two additional languages (including one of the following: Polish, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese)

Desirable Requirements:

  • Familiarity with religious translation/religious contexts
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Good evidence of quantitative research skills and/or experience working with multilingual corpora/large data sets
  • Experience of ethnographic research
  • Peer-reviewed publication record

Salary: Point one of Postdoctoral Researcher scale, currently €41,026 per annum (public sector pay policy rules pertaining to new entrants will apply)

Start: Earliest possible start dateMarch 2023

Continuing Professional Development/Training

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Further informal enquiries concerning this position may be made by contacting Professor Anne O’Connor:

To Apply

Applications should include a covering letter outlining the applicant’s suitability for the role, a sample of academic written work (e.g. published article, thesis chapter), a CV, and the contact details of two referees. Applications should be sent as one pdf file via email to

Please put the relevant reference number University of Galway 315-22 in subject line of e-mail application.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 5.00 pm, 11th January 2023.

University of Galway reserves the right to readvertise or extend the closing date for this post.

University of Galway is an equal opportunities employer.

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