Freelance Japanese to English Translators
Cactus Communications - Ontario Bay, MB

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Cactus Communications (www.cactusglobal.com) is a pioneer in language services, serving more than 43,000 clients across 107 countries. In line with its mission—growth through effective communication—CACTUS offers specialist academic editing, medical communications, publication support, transcription, translation, and training services to individuals and corporations across sectors such as academia, publishing, and pharmaceuticals.

We are looking for experienced translators to work on academic manuscripts written in Japanese. To qualify, you must have technical expertise in your field. Experience working in a foreign-language setting will be preferred. Essentially, your work will involve translating an academic research paper from Japanese into English.

Job Description
Your role will involve

  • Reading through academic manuscripts written in Japanese and rewriting it in the target language, ensuring that the meaning of the source text is retained
  • Using specialist dictionaries, thesauruses and reference books to find the closest equivalents for terminology and words used
  • Using appropriate software for presentation and delivery
  • Researching legal, technical and scientific phraseology to find the correct translation
  • Proofreading and editing final translated versions
  • Providing clients with a grammatically correct, well-expressed final version of the translated text, usually as a word-processed document
  • Using the Internet and email as research tools throughout the translation process
  • Managing your time well to meet deadlines

Job requirements

  • Proficiency in Japanese and English (essential)
  • An understanding and knowledge of technical terminology as expressed in Japanese as well as in English (highly preferred)
  • Expertise/An advanced degree in any of the following fields:

Chemistry, Engineering, Architecture, Physics, Optics, Environmental Science, Agricultural Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, Biotechnology, Medical Devices, Plant & Animal Science, Neurology, Biochemistry, Dentistry, Orthodontics, Business, Finance, Economics, Statistics, History, Political Science, and Philosophy

  • Relevant certification or training, e.g., MA in translation studies (preferred)
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in Japanese to English translation
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word
  • Good time management skills (you will be required to work on deadlines)

Selection process
Our selection process involves a short sample exercise.


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