Technical Writer

  • Company:
    University of Waterloo
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / monthly
  • Job type:
  • Posted:
    4 weeks ago
  • Category:
    Writing / Editing

The overall objective is to advance the Faculty’s strategic research interests through production of professional, effective, technically-oriented, research copy. The incumbent is responsible for writing, reviewing, editing, and coordinating a wide range of materials in support of Faculty of Mathematics research initiatives; specifically he/she prepares research proposals, technical materials, letters of support, and copy for web- and print-based promotional items.Coordinate, write, review, and edit research proposals to advance the faculty’s strategic research initiativesWriting research proposals, including background preparation, fact-checking, and translation of technical research information into accurate text that is understandable, readable, and appropriate to the audience and mediumReviewing and editing research proposals to: correct for structure, grammar, style, and persuasiveness; and provide feedback on strategic positioning, and adherence to university requirements and agency guidelinesCoordinating proposal preparation for both small, individual applications and large, multi-author applications, including progress monitoring, integration of text, review and editing through all stages of proposal preparationAssisting faculty researchers with surveying research initiatives, identifying research opportunities, proposal writing, and preparation of items such as power point presentations and briefsProviding the ADR with strategic advice, information, and data related to upcomingfunding opportunities to support decision making and establishment of internal deadlinesProviding the ADR with quality assessment reviews of complex and/or problematic applicationsEstablishing and maintaining contacts within the Office of Research and relevant funding agencies to ensure information provided and interpretation of guidelines to Mathematics researchers are complete, current, and accurateEstablish procedures and guidelines for preparation and submission of research proposals to meet internal and external deadlinesReporting and reviewing the faculty’s technical writing commitments with the ADRMonitoring government information sources to identify funding opportunities and ensure new applications comply with evolving assessment methods, guidelines, evaluation criteria, and deadlinesEstablishing procedures and timelines for preparation and submission of proposals to meet university and agency guidelinesDeveloping and updating program-specific support materials to guide researchers through proposal preparationEstablishing guidelines for technical writing support within the Mathematics Research OfficeCoaching and mentoring faculty members on writing persuasive, strategically positioned technical research material for a broad range of audiencesManaging the document submission process for new proposal applications, including project tracking to help ensure applications are prepared in a timely, effective manner and in accordance with university requirements and agency guidelinesResearch and write faculty-based research reports and documents that profile Mathematics researchCollecting relevant data to describe individual and faculty-wide research achievements, funding, and success rate statisticsGenerating reports, summarizing Mathematics research activityProducing fact sheets, web-copy, and presentation materials that profile Mathematics research and researchersBachelor’s degree required. Education or training in a discipline of Mathematics or Science is requiredMinimum of 5 years experience in a technical writing role; experience with preparation of individual and multi-author research proposals for government funding agencies is strongly preferredHave superior oral and written communication skillsHave the ability to write short copy (web-based text), long copy (research proposals and reports), and research presentation material (power point) for broad audiences (technical reviewers and lay audiences)Have well-developed editorial skills, including experience in copy editingHave excellent research skills; must be able to compile and integrate relevant information (both qualitative and statistical) from a broad range of sources to strengthen proposals and reportsAbility to fully understand, synthesize and translate material of a highly technical nature into text that is accessible to all readersHave the ability to work independently and with other peopleHave the ability to work in a dynamic environment, with shifting timelines and prioritiesHave the ability to handle multiple assignments simultaneously, while adhering to tight timelinesHave the ability to think critically and analyticallySome evening/weekend work required