Research Technical Writer

Updated: 6 months ago
Deadline: 07 $47,210 - $63,741 per year; Mar 29, 2023

This position is a part of the Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA).

This position offers a comprehensive benefits package which can be viewed at: Faculty & Staff Benefits .

Location - North campus

Working for the University of Alberta 

The University of Alberta acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 6 territory, and respects the histories, languages and cultures of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and all First Peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our vibrant community.

The University of Alberta is teeming with change makers, community builders, and world shapers who lead with purpose each and every day. We are home to more than 40,000 students in 200+ undergraduate and 500+ graduate programs, over 13,000 faculty and staff, 260,000 alumni worldwide and have been recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for over a decade.

Your work will have a meaningful influence on a fascinating cross section of people—from our students and stakeholders, to our renowned researchers and innovators who are quite literally curing diseases, making discoveries and generating solutions that make the world healthier, safer, stronger, and more just.

Department summary

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, including the School of Mining and Petroleum Engineering, aims to maintain its position among the top schools in North America. With a present complement of more than 65 faculty members, research in the Department is vigorous and covers all major areas of Civil, Environmental, Mining, and Petroleum Engineering. Our graduate program attracts outstanding students from the best schools worldwide and presently has an enrollment of over 500 students, including approximately 200 PhD students. The undergraduate programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Mining Engineering, and Petroleum Engineering enroll close to 1000 students.

Position summary

Reporting to the Director of the Construction Innovation Centre (CIC) in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, the Technical Writer plays a key role in the coordination and finalization of academic publications and communication materials produced by the faculty, staff, and students associated with the CIC. The successful candidate will have excellent communication (verbal and written), organizational, and interpersonal skills, and exceptional organization skills with the ability to multi-task and manage time without losing attention to detail.


  • Assists with editing and proofreading graduate dissertations
  • Performs high-level editing and formatting for academic journal and conference paper submissions
  • Assists in developing written and graphic communications and public relations material for the CIC
  • Researches and writes materials that raise awareness and the profile of the CIC
  • Quickly assesses the writing style necessary for each project and effortlessly transitions one style to another
  • Works in a collaborative environment where consultation with the CIC faculty and graduate students determines the guiding principles for each writing project
  • Writes for and updates the CIC website, researches and contributes to articles, produces the CIC newsletter, prepares speaker notes and other correspondence as required by the Director
  • Produces clear, concise, and accurate material for different audiences and in various online and printed forms; this includes, but is not limited to, technical reports, PowerPoint Presentations, thesis editing, as well as website articles and content management
  • Communicates with printers and publishers
  • Communicates and cultivates relationships with external stakeholders (e.g., industry partners, government agencies, etc.)
  • Edits, updates, and maintains the CIC website
  • Assists with a variety of projects and initiatives such as conferences, workshops, and short Industry courses
  • May include writing instruction, tutorials, and independent research as necessary
  • Performs other related duties as required

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree (in English, Communications, or a related discipline preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered)
  • Proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Suite of applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
  • Proficiency in the use of Google applications (Docs, Sheets, Sites)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with conventions in forms, structure, and notations of technical writing
  • Familiarity with a variety of writing style guides
  • Familiarity with the policies and practices of the University of Alberta
  • Familiarity with academic writing and with the academic publication process
  • Experience with creating/populating/maintaining a website
  • Proficiency with desktop publishing software (e.g., Adobe InDesign, Microsoft Publisher)

Note: Online applications are accepted until midnight Mountain Standard Time of the closing date.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

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