Technical Writer

Baltimore, Maryland
$50,000 - $55,000 annually plus benefits
Mar 27, 2017
May 01, 2017
MR Research
Full Time

Technical Writer

This position will be responsible for editing and proof reading drafts of written technical documents (primarily scientific abstracts, papers, grant applications, and book chapters) initiated or prepared for by Researchers in the Division of Magnetic Resonance (MR) Research of the Department of Radiology.  This person must have:

  • Exceptional scientific writing and intra- and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Exceptional creative writing skills to alter tone and adapt narratives to multiple audiences
  • Excellence in timely planning and speed in executing the editing for spelling, grammar, punctuation, correct scientific wording usage, and clarity. Developmental editing & formatting and assistance in responding to the reviewers comments. Broad technical vocabulary and ability to adapt/learn in the field of biomedical imaging.
  • Be able to work under pressure with high volumes when tight deadlines need to be met
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Endnote/citation managers and other major electronic writing software platforms.
  • Ability to work accurately, efficiently and independently with particular attention paid to detail. 
  • The ability to condense and summarize, for example, reducing a wordy full-page of text into a 1/3 page within a short time while retaining content (less is more).
  • Organizational ability to execute writing projects strategically, including: (i) the collection of information from multiple sources; (ii) synthesis and written presentation of such information; and (iii) the preparation of preliminary drafts in a time frame that ensures on-time submission of final products.
  • Ability to work well with a multi-cultural team and interact productively with staff and faculty at varying academic levels in the division and their collaborators, and willingness to address cultural differences in communication and style that may exist.
  • Familiarity with the style and content of written academic communications (journal articles, grant proposals, review articles, book chapters, books, correspondence, theses, web pages/web content, graphic materials, slide presentations, newsletters and brochures) and address issues like: do the captions accurately describe the figure being presented?
  • The ability to learn organizational structures, individuals, pertinent communications, and culture at the Department, Hospital, and School levels.


At least a Bachelor's Degree in English, Communications, Scientific Writing or related fields, and at least three years of technical scientific grant writing experience or equivalence in scientific education and experience required. Requires the ability to access and use the internet for research and communications. The ideal candidate is resourceful in identifying existing and new sources of on-line information.