PhD candidate: « Discrimination-based verbal aggression in interpreter-mediated public service provision in Flanders »

The Ghent University Research Centre MULTIPLES seeks to recruit a PhD candidate to work on a project titled  »Discrimination-based verbal aggression in interpreter-mediated public service provision in Flanders ».

The research is situated in the domain of Interpreting Studies. It investigates how public service interpreters in Flanders handle discrimination-based verbal aggressions in various phases of the assignment (i.e. before, during and after the interpreted encounter). The research particularly focuses on (1) the discursive level of the interpreted encounter (e.g. do interpreters use mitigating / reinforcing strategies when confronted with verbal aggressions between participants), (2) the interactional level (e.g. do meta-comments or reported speech use modify participation frameworks) and (3) the professional identity (i.e. occupational well-being, reflections on codes of conduct, stances on the own agency, etc.). Data will be collected using qualitative research methods.

– Collecting and analyzing data
– Writing a dissertation on the basis of the project
– Preparing individual and joint publications for national and international scientific journals
– Presenting your research at national and international conferences
– Preparing oral and written reports for the institutions / agencies participating in the research
– You will occasionally assist in the teaching activities at the department

– Master’s degree in a relevant field (Interpreting Studies, Multilingual Communication, Linguistics, Anthropology) obtained with good grades before the start of the project
– Fluent in Dutch and English; additional knowledge of (one or more) other languages is a plus
– Academic skills in English
– Strong interpersonal and communication skills
– Ability to work independently on your research as well as to work in a team
– Knowledge of discrimination-sensitive work and/or of the field of public service interpreting in Flanders is a plus

– Two-year appointment (1+1), which may be renewed once for two years, on condition that the previous term was given a positive evaluation.
– The position is available from 1 May 2019, but the starting date is negotiable up to 1 September 2019.

Applications (Dutch or English) to be submitted by e-mail to Prof July De Wilde ( by 15 March 2019:
1) A single pdf-document with:
– A letter of application
– A CV (including an overview of the applicant’s study results and the contact details of one person we may contact for a reference)
– A copy of the required Master’s degree
2) A personal piece of scientific writing in the form of a student paper or publication, demonstrating your academic skills.

MORE INFORMATION: Prof July De Wilde –

Applications Deadline: 15-Mar-2019

Mailing Address for Applications:
Attn: Prof July De Wilde
Groot-Brittanniëlaan 45
Ghent B-9000

Contact Information:
Prof July De Wilde