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Technical Writer and Editor-Communications Division

Date: Sep 17, 2022

Location: Oak Ridge, TN, US, 37830

Company: Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Requisition Id 8860 


Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) invites candidates to apply for the position of technical writer and editor to support development of clear, accurate scientific and technical communications products for ORNL’s research and scientific staff and programs. This position will report to the Technical Communications manager and support customers across the lab. The successful candidate will edit, revise, and rewrite a variety of scientific and technical documents, presentations, and proposals in collaboration with ORNL researchers and scientists. This person will also revise very complex written material and write or rewrite products such as executive summaries, fact sheets, presentations, and nominations.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with Communications colleagues, researchers, and scientists to produce compelling materials that clearly and effectively communicate research findings, technical developments, and other news and information from organizations and programs across the lab to internal and external audiences, including scientifically trained researchers and sponsors, scientific peers, executive leadership, and industry partners.
  • Edit, revise, and rewrite scientific and technical documents and visual materials for research staff to enhance clarity, coherence, and organization while ensuring compliance with established rules of grammar and syntax.
  • Edit and revise the manuscripts of nonnative speakers, enhancing their accuracy and readability to ensure a high rate of acceptance in open-literature publications.
  • Understand complex science- and technology-related research and programs and write summaries, overviews, plans, nominations, letters, and other documents based on research, technical data, and results in collaboration with researchers and scientists.
  • Consult with and advise researchers and subject matter experts on the best venues, methods, and formats for effectively communicating with their intended audiences.
  • Suggest visual materials in support of scientific and promotional information needs and collaborate with graphic artists to develop effective products.
  • Provide project management and guidance to ensure publications meet ORNL’s or the outside publisher’s requirements and are effectively managed through their completion or delivery.
  • Mentor authors to help them improve their writing skills and enhance their products. Prepare and give presentations and tutorials for technical and research staff upon request.
  • Oversee and coordinate efforts of teams assigned on larger projects, working with electronic publishers, graphic artists, photographers, video producers, and reproduction staff to ensure professional quality and adherence to budgets and schedules.
  • Understand and apply ORNL publications standards and styles or external (e.g., journal, sponsor) guidelines. Adhere to DOE publishing requirements.
  • Ensure compliance with environment, safety, health, and quality program requirements.
  • Maintain a strong commitment to the implementation and perpetuation of values and ethics.


Qualifications Required:

  • Minimum requirements are a bachelor’s degree (preferably in English, a science, or a related field) and 5 years of experience in technical or science editing and writing or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Qualifications Preferred:

  • A master’s degree in English, technical writing, or a science plus experience editing the work of researchers in scientific and technical fields for style, tone, consistency, and grammatical correctness are preferred. The ability to secure and hold a security clearance is also preferred.
  • Should have an excellent command of standard American English style and usage, as demonstrated by writing and editing samples, and have extensive experience with  The Chicago Manual of Style and other standard style guides such as ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication and IEEE Editorial Style Manual.
  • Should have excellent attention to detail; the ability to simultaneously handle multiple assignments; excellent verbal communication skills; the confidence to work both independently and with all levels of executive leadership, researchers, and staff in a team-based environment; and advanced skills in solving problems and developing and implementing solutions. 
  • Should have the ability to grasp scientific and technical concepts and clearly communicate them to a general science-interested audience as well as a more scientifically trained audience such as other researchers and sponsors, as proven by previous experience and writing samples.
  • Should also have a firm grasp of standard business computer software (e.g., Microsoft Office applications) and advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat. Experience using markup languages (e.g., LaTeX, MarkDown, reStructuredText) and repositories (e.g., GitHub, Bitbucket) is preferred.


This position will remain open for a minimum of 5 days after which it will close when a qualified candidate is identified and/or hired.

We accept Word (.doc, .docx), Adobe (unsecured .pdf), Rich Text Format (.rtf), and HTML (.htm, .html) up to 5MB in size. Resumes from third party vendors will not be accepted; these resumes will be deleted and the candidates submitted will not be considered for employment.

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ORNL is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including individuals with disabilities and protected veterans, are encouraged to apply.  UT-Battelle is an E-Verify employer.

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