Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Technical Editor II in Seattle, Washington

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The Technical Editor II is a critical new role that will assist all faculty in the Infectious Disease Sciences (IDS) Program in the planning, writing, editing and production of a variety of scientific and technical documentation. This unique role will be responsible for the production and editing of highly specialized technical and scientific materials for publication, including, journals, manuscripts, technical manuals, grant applications, posters, presentations, etc., to ensure that all materials meet established standards of appearance and content.


Works under limited supervision. Uses discretion within existing guidelines and standards. Always ensures that final review/authorization of materials be made by supervisor and/or responsible faculty/scientific staff.


  • Coordinate and edit revisions to book chapters, manuscripts, articles, reports and teaching materials of a highly technical nature.

  • Coordinate documentation preparation with publication deadlines, grant deadlines, collaboration efforts and other projects.

  • Review, edit and participate in grant writing and grant-related documents. Ensure that documents are in proper format and complete. Assist program faculty and staff to prepare grant and contract project submissions.

  • Provide editorial assistance and guidance to PIs on correspondence, presentations, and other technical documentation.

  • Produce figures and/or graphics, visual aids, tables, etc. needed to support the text material for publications and grant applications.

  • Recommend edits on written materials to improve readability, coherence, accuracy, grammar and conformity to internal and publishing standards of style.

  • Format and convert documents according to established standards.

  • Maintain reference database and filing system of Program resources including, but not limited to: professional CV’s and Biosketches, Other Support Information, Manuscripts, Endnote and other documentation. Ensure that all information is up to date.

  • Responsible for drafting the award letters for the IDS Program to nominate faculty and scientific staff for international and national awards.

  • Gain concurrence of author on edited materials; make further revisions as required.

  • Copyedit and proofread scientific manuscripts and coordinate journal submission.

  • Review professional journals and books to stay abreast of new requirements in technical writing field.

  • Provide other relevant technical and administrative support as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in English or scientific field directly related to department/program

  • Must have the ability to handle multiple projects at one time, strong editing and writing skills, and excellent communication skills with attention to detail.

  • Expertise in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Endnote, Reference Manager, and Adobe software required.


  • Doctorate-degree (PhD) in scientific field directly related to department/program is strongly preferred.

  • Certification in Technical Writing is highly desirable

  • Experience with bibliographic software, as well as familiarity with scientific research methods is preferred.

  • Knowledge of medical terminology, and experience with grant preparation and drafting of medical protocols highly desirable.

  • Ability for quantitative analysis along with a basic understanding of statistics is helpful.

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