German Historical Institute London

17 Bloomsbury Square
London WC1A 2NJ
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2050
Fax: +44 (0)20 - 7309 2055 / 7404 5573


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The German Historical Institute London is seeking to employ at the earliest opportunity:

A part-time In-House Editorial Assistant / Academic Translator, German to English (24 hours per week) – permanent

The German Historical Institute London (GHIL) is an academically independent institution and forms part of the Max Weber Foundation German Humanities Institutes Abroad. It promotes research on medieval and modern history, in particular on the history of Britain, on the British Empire and the Commonwealth, and on Anglo-German relations. Its research library specializes in German history.

We are seeking an in-house editorial assistant/academic translator (German to English) to join our team.

Your main tasks will include:

  • Editing English texts written by non-native speakers
  • Copy-editing academic publications in English and German and seeing them through the publication process
  • Translating academic and other texts
  • Assistance in producing the GHIL’s house journal, including desk-top publishing and correspondence

The successful applicant will:

  • Be a native English speaker
  • Have near-native proficiency in German
  • Be educated at least to degree level
  • Have an interest in and wide knowledge of history
  • Have experience in translating and copy-editing
  • Have an interest in producing online publications

Starting salary £1996,80 (for a six-month probationary period) moving to £2076,60 per month thereafter.

Suitable disabled candidates will be given special consideration. The GHIL is committed to a policy of equal opportunities and promotes a positive work-life balance.

Applications (in English) including a covering letter outlining your motivation and what makes you suitable for the role, supporting documents and a copy of a sample translation should be sent by email only to bewerbungen(ghi) The closing date for applications is 20 February 2020. Interviews will take place 25 March 2020.

For further information about the role, email the address above. For information regarding our equal opportunities policy and promotion of work-life balance, please email Christiane Swinbank (Swinbank(ghi)

Applicants must be able to demonstrate their legal right to work in the UK. Salary will be taxable in Germany, unless you are a UK citizen and do not also hold German citizenship.

Unfortunately we will not be able to acknowledge receipt of applications. We will only be contacting candidates selected for interview.

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