Job Information

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


Open Date 02/07/2022

Requisition Number PRN29196B

Job Title PS Technical Writer, Sr.

Working Title Technical Writer, Sr.

Job Grade F

FLSA Code Professional

Patient Sensitive Job Code? Yes

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary


Mon-Fri 8am-5pm

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 02010 - RMCOEH Center

Location Other

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 47600 to 90400

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

This exciting position includes a wide variety of activities, including writing and assisting faculty, staff and graduate students to write technically competent scientific papers and publications in the Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health ( RMCOEH ), which is breaking ground in law as Utah’s first officially-designated Multi-university program between the University of Utah and Weber State University. Assists faculty in writing grant applications and brief reports to the Utah State Legislature. Assists students with their publications include dissertations and theses. Some tasks may include patient involvement. Writes RMCOEH’s Center Newsletter, website materials, and other publications. Assists faculty with lecture materials for distance-based learning.

Documentation may vary in form, ranging from on-line eDocs or mobile apps to print media. May be responsible for coordinating the display of graphics and the production of the document. This is a senior level position. May be responsible for the guidance or supervision of others. Innovative approaches to improve communications skills among diverse trainees, faculty and staff are most welcome and desirable.


Requires a bachelor’s degree in English, Technical Writing, Communication Studies, Journalism, or related area or equivalency; plus 4-6 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Experience working with faculty and students desired but not required.

Requirement: Submit Two to three writing sample(s) of at least 2 pages each.

This position is patient-sensitive and must fulfill all associated requirements. We protect our patients, coworkers and community by requiring all patient-sensitive employees to be immunized according to CDC standards and hospital policy. Limited exemptions may be made for documented medical contraindications or religious beliefs that object to vaccinations.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of this job.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.

Essential Functions

1. Facilitate faculty manuscript preparations. With additional experiences, drafting of manuscript sections desirable including through supervision of others.

2. Assist faculty in writing and editing proposals for grant applications, annual grant reporting documents, and other related submissions.

3. Work with graduate students to edit theses, dissertations and manuscripts. Facilitate adherence to existing writing guidelines (updating them as needed) prior to submissions to the faculty for scientific guidance and expertise.

4. Lead the writing and organization of the RMCOEH’s Center Newsletter.

5. Work with and assist a team with RMCOEH website content.

6. Edit textbook chapters and other materials.

7. Write and lead other occupational health major projects. E.g., consultation proposals and reports, history of Occupational Safety and Health in UT.

8. Post research and other advances on social media

9. Explain scientific and technical ideas in simple language, ensuring technical verbiage is easy to understand by the layperson or determined audience.

10. May conduct tutorials, training, or other instructions pertaining to application of technical documents.

11. Other related duties as assigned.

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.


Requires a bachelor’s degree in English, Technical Writing, Communication Studies, Journalism, or related area or equivalency; plus 4-6 years of experience in the field or in a related area. Experience working with faculty and students desirable. Demonstrated writing skills, human relations and effective communications.

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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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

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.