Job Information

University of Utah Technical Writer, Sr. in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 08/12/2022

Requisition Number PRN31843B

Job Title Technical Writer, Sr.

Working Title Technical Writer, Sr.

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Telecommuting may be approved on an ongoing basis or a time-limited basis and exceptions may be required to meet department needs.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00952 - Division of Epidemiology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 79699

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

Serve as senior writer-editor responsible for writing, editing, and proofreading a variety of research technical articles, reports, brochures and manuscripts for multiple projects and investigators. Provides a high-level input and consultation to research senior management.

Skills to be successful in this role – Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, Problem Solver, Technical Writing Skills, Ability to prioritize, Organizational and Time Management skills, ability to work in a fast-paced environment


  1. Previous experience in the use of scientific/clinical research methodology and databases.
  2. Expertise in English language grammar, spelling, and usage conventions and best practices in scientific writing
  3. Recommend revisions, format changes, alternative methods of information presentation, or other changes to ensure that the material contributes to fulfilling the agency’s mission.
  4. Managing the editing and the various stages of production to meet stringent deadlines and to ensure the highest quality.
  5. Interpret scientific and technical information; identify and prioritize critical content; translate information to ensure it aligns with the audience and is consistent with policy and program goals; re-write and edit material for clarity and persuasiveness.
  6. Participate in all aspects of development, including defining the intended audience, identifying target journals, reviewing and advising on content, and advising on the most effective method of presenting technical data.
  7. Ensure accuracy of scientific, medical, or technical terminology, completion of procedural steps, and effective presentation of textual, tabular, and graphic materials.
  8. Analyze materials in terms of conformity to required style, organization, and manner of presentation and reorganize or revise accordingly.
  9. Develop written products that articulate, interpret, and explain highly complex, potentially controversial, and important policies, programs, and research findings.
  10. Synthesize findings and prepare executive summaries to disseminate findings from specific projects or specific research areas to leadership
  11. Plan and execute systematic, scientific literature search, review, appraisal and report processes for multiple projects.
  12. Compile and author incorporating literature findings with clinical performance data from multiple sources using the support of bibliography management software (EndNote or other)
  13. May conduct tutorials, training, or other instructions pertaining to application of technical knowledge.
  14. Coordinate multiple projects at one time and provide regular updates.
  15. Collaborate as a Team Player.
  16. Provide a full range of editorial support.

Work Environment and Level of Frequency typically required

Nearly Continuously: Office environment.

Physical Requirements and Level of Frequency that may be required

Nearly Continuously: Sitting, hearing, listening, talking.

Often: Repetitive hand motion (such as typing), walking.

Seldom: Bending, reaching overhead.

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a bachelor’s degree in a related area or equivalency and 4-6 years of experience in the field or in a related area.


Minimum of 5 yrs of clinical evaluation, medical or scientific writing experience in an academic setting

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.