Senior Technical Writer

Job Location
South San Francisco, CA
Job Description

You Are: 

• Curious about why a life science company is building a team of design-minded people. 
• A writer at heart. 
• Interested in how scientists absorb technical knowledge and use it in and out of the lab. 
• Excited by the opportunity to contribute to a creative team, outside the confines of a typical technical writing role. 
• Interested in developing innovative ways to deliver information beyond .docs and PDFs. 
• Effective at collaborating cross-functionally with subject matter experts and Technical Support, Technical Service, R&D, and Marketing teams to move projects from concept to completion. 
• Aware of e-training, visual learning and user-centered design concepts. 
• Willing to serve as an internal expert on Fluidigm written standards and assist with proofreading, corporate review, and copyediting.

You Have: 

• Passion and enthusiasm coupled with the ability to write precise, technically accurate but accessible content that answers questions and delights your audience. 
• A BA/BS degree and 12 years as a technical writer in the Biotech industry or related area (Master’s or Ph. D. degree in related subject area preferred). 
Significant understanding of the scientific method and a strong grasp of basic principles in cell and molecular biology. Some laboratory experience preferred but not required. 
Practical experience in project management. 
• Expert-level knowledge of MS Office and Adobe® Technical Communication Suites, including Adobe FrameMaker, and comfortable with Adobe Creative Suite applications. 
• Familiarity with style guide and lexicon development, and can find your way around a style guide. 
• A portfolio of technical writing samples, with a dash of creativity thrown in. 
• A strong command of the English language and grammar. 
• Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, and presentation) and proven ability to deal with all levels of management. 
• The ability to work as part of a team in an extremely fast-paced and multi-tasking environment, often under very tight timelines. 

You May Have: 

• Worked on innovative, user-friendly multimedia content, such as E-books. 
• Experience in enforcing and building brand equity through written communications. 
Some experience with content management systems, topic-based authoring, and DITA.

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