Job Opportunity: Technical Writer – Thermo Fisher Scientific

ThermoFisher Scientific LogoEmployer: Thermo Fisher Scientific
Posted: September 2, 2015
Expires: December 22, 2015
Requisition number: Thermo Fisher Scientific-thermofisherscientific-24976BR

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO) is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and approximately 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support.

All of our employees share a common set of values – Integrity, Intensity, Innovation and Involvement. Our ability to grow year after year is driven by our ability to attract, develop and retain world-class people who will thrive in our environment and share in our desire to improve mankind by enabling our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer.

If you share in our values and if you’re looking for an employer who is strongly committed to developing talent and rewarding achievement, come grow with us at Thermo Fisher Scientific.

The Technical Communications team strives to deliver the highest quality manuals to Thermo Fisher Scientific customers. As a key member of the team, the Technical Writer will create user guides, product information sheets, and help systems for reagents, instruments, and software primarily within Thermo Fisher’s Next Generation Sequencing product portfolio. The candidate must be detail oriented, passionate about clear and concise scientific communication, and able to build strong relationships with internal stakeholders to move projects along very tight timelines. Successful writers in our group are team players with a positive attitude and the desire for excellence. Candidates with experience in digital content creation, DITA standards, and XML-based authoring are preferred.

Job Summary:
Develop scientific/technical documentation for end users from information and data provided by R&D scientists, product managers, and other key business team members.
Estimate and schedule complex documentation projects.
Synthesize and organize information in a logical and concise way to meet the needs of the target audience.
Proactively solicit information from other experts within the company as needed (e.g., technical support, field application specialists, legal).
Attend team meetings and interact with subject experts on a daily basis
Work with multiple authoring tools, including XMetal, FrameMaker, InDesign, and Word.
Manage documents within a document control system.
Manage multiple projects with multiple deliverables simultaneously
Identify and communicate risks to project deadlines in advance
Deliver under tight deadlines.
Identify and suggest improvements to processes and deliverables
Follow all processes, style guides, templates, and brand guidelines
Solicit feedback from internal and external customers to improve document quality.
Work with minimal supervision and manage time effectively.
Lead departmental special projects as needed.

Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline. Advanced degree preferred.
Technical writing experience in a scientific environment preferred
Thorough understanding of technical/scientific content.
Writes clearly, concisely, and quickly under tight deadlines.
Can effectively adapt structure, tone, and style to meet business needs.
Excellent communication skills.
Expertise in key authoring tools.
Keen attention to detail and high regard for quality.
Experience in the life sciences industry preferred.
Strong relationship management, project management, and critical thinking skills.
Advanced knowledge of relevant style guide(s) and best practices.



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