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Technical Writer

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
Dec 1, 2021

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Technical Writer (MCL Team)

The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


Writes, edits and coordinates production of highly technical medical material. Retrieves data from databases and other internal and external data and information sources for use in reports. Writes academic and research-oriented articles and publications. Coordinates production, graphics and photos. Assists with posting, editing and proofreading. Mentors staff.

Writing for lay audiences Writes translation products (easy-to-read summaries and tools) for use by patients/healthcare consumers, clinicians, and policymakers.
Translates research findings and technical reports into plain language.
Creates a variety of products for the public, ranging from research summaries to decision aids and other materials.

Writing for technical audiences Writes and edits scientific research proposals, grants, manuscripts, protocols, posters, abstracts and reports at the direction of the research team. Gathers information from subject matter experts to assist in writing content. Maximizes the scientific impact of written work.
Revises scientific and technical writing for usage and clarity.
Organizes, interprets, and presents scientific information in a clear and concise manner.

Manuscript/grant preparation Researches submission guidelines from journals and funding organizations.
Formats text and graphics to comply with organization guidelines.
Prepares supplemental documents as needed (letters of support, public abstracts, etc.).
Coordinates submissions to journals (gathers author disclosures, follows up on acceptances/revisions, ensures posting on PubMed Central as needed).
Proofreads galley proofs of manuscripts nearing publication.
Data abstraction and reporting Abstracts medical and scientific information and provide lay language versions when required.
Reviews medical records to extract data points.
Compiles, writes, and submits project results to principal investigator and research team.
Compiles information and drafts presentations to provide the most effective arrangement of data (financial, scientific, medical, business, and academic).

Other duties as assigned

Bachelor's degree in English or related field. Two years experience as a writer/editor. May substitute required education degree with additional years of equivalent experience on a one to one basis. It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.
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