Traineeship for a Language Technologist/Terminologist


General Information

Type of contract Traineeship

Who can apply? EU nationals eligible for our traineeship programme

Grant The trainee grant is €1,170 per month plus an accommodation allowance (see further information section)

Working time Full time

Place of work Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Closing date 19.07.2024

Your team

You will be part of the Language Services Division in the Directorate General Communications. We provide translation, editing, proofreading, language technology and terminology services in all EU languages, as well as offering advice on linguistic matters.

You will be a trainee in the Language Technology and Terminology (LTT) team, which consists of seven members of staff responsible for designing, managing and coordinating the expansion of the ECB’s databases of central banking and banking supervision terminology in all official EU languages. The LTT team’s language technology work involves providing expert support for the computer-assisted translation software used at the ECB, tailoring the tools to the translators’ workflows and keeping abreast of developments in the field of language technology. The LTT team also works closely with the ECB’s publications and information systems teams.

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to reflect the diversity of the population we serve. We encourage you to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

Your role

As a trainee Language Technologist/Terminologist you will:
  • help to test translation-related software and customisations prior to their roll-out at the ECB;
  • create and check end-user documentation;
  • perform translation memory maintenance tasks;
  • help to assess the suitability of generative AI for linguistic tasks at the ECB;
  • contribute to the retraining of a domain-specific machine translation engine;
  • research terminology and add terms to a MultiTerm database;
  • contribute to other activities and projects carried out by the LTT team.

The position offers you excellent opportunities to gain practical insights into the operations of a language services department – and, in particular, a language technology and terminology team – in a multilingual organisation. You will be part of a multicultural team that strives for continuous innovation to make a positive impact on the lives of European citizens. 

Qualifications, experience and skills

  • a bachelor’s degree or higher in language technology, terminology, translation studies, computational linguistics or another relevant field;
  • a good knowledge of terminology management and translation memory software packages, such as the RWS Trados suite;
  • a good knowledge of the MS Office package;
  • an advanced (C1) command of English and an intermediate (B1) command of at least one other official language of the EU, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

  • a strong interest in innovation in the field of language technology and terminology;
  • practical experience with machine translation software and artificial intelligence in the field of translation and editing;
  • an interest in financial and economic affairs or banking supervision.

You are curious and eager to learn, and want to further develop your ability to analyse complex information. You are keen to collaborate with others, pursue team goals and learn from other people’s diverse perspectives. You strive to know and anticipate stakeholder needs, and will signal any need for change and propose alternative solutions.

You are motivated to contribute to the ECB’s mission, to serve the citizens of the EU as a member of a public institution and to work with colleagues from all over Europe. You are keen to be part of our team and to use your skills and competencies to achieve the aims of this position.

Further information

Initial traineeship of 6 months, with a possible extension to up to 12 months in total.

Other details on the conditions applicable to traineeships at the ECB can be found on our website.

For additional information on this specific vacancy, you can speak to Catherine Lane on +49 (0)69 1344 7925 between 15:00 and 16:30 on Friday, 12 July.

Application and selection process

The recruitment process for this position will include an online interview. 

Further information on how to apply is available on our website.

If you are not selected for this position but are still considered suitable, you will be placed on a reserve list for 12 months from the closing date for applications, from which you might be considered for other traineeship positions within the ECB.