Technical Writer-Genomics

Becton Dickinson
Job Location
Menlo Park, CA

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Job Description

We are Becton Dickinson Genomics, a start-up organization within BD Life Sciences.   Our mission is to revolutionize life science research by enabling high-precision molecular assays focusing on single cells and precious samples for application in basic research, drug discovery and clinical biology.  Cellular Research has developed Molecular Indexing™ to deliver these new capabilities.  This technology enables direct and precise counting of individual molecules, genes, chromosomes, and other genetic molecules in very small samples and individual cells.

In this new position, the Technical Writer is responsible for developing, revising and implementing technical documentation for products marketed by BD Genomics.  The Technical Writer collaborates with marketing, R and D, and customers across the suite of products in the development of product manuals, user guides, quick references as well as technical marketing literature, white papers, and data posters for scientific congresses and promotional purposes.



  • Writes user manuals, instructions for use, data sheets and supports online documentation for products developed by BD Genomics.
  • Assists with the development of technical content, using product specifications and information from subject matter experts
  • Ensures accuracy, clarity, appropriateness, and consistency of documents; evaluates documents of other writers when appropriate
  • Develops document plans for multiple products / product lines
  • Manages the label review process and assists in the preparation of documents for production
  • Assure compliance/conformity with existing corporate brand and locally defined regulatory guidelines
  • Web, using product specifications, information from subject matter experts, and appropriate visuals.
  • Works with R&D, marketing, quality, regulatory and production teams and associates to develop/revise official product documentation.
  • Works with R&D and marketing in the development of technical marketing materials, assisting with abstracts, technical notes, white papers and scientific posters for conferences and publications
  • MS/PhD in molecular biology or life science field
  • Minimum of 5 years' experience as a writer in a technical environment
  • Expert knowledge of technical writing software a plus: such as FrameMaker, Photoshop, EndNote, Acrobat, and online help software; working knowledge of Illustrator software.
  • 3-5 years of experience working with complex document sets
  • Verbal communication skills that include responding calmly under pressure; leading others in problem solving
About Our Organization

The Genomic Sciences focus area at BD Technologies is engaged in activities related to Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) and Single Cell Genomics (SCG). Technical competencies of the group span the entire NGS workflow including:

  • the collection and preparation of biological samples
  • the preparation of libraries for sequencing
  • NGS
  • bioinformatics 
  • statistical analysis of complex NGS datasets


Currently, the team is part of the global product development effort for the recently acquired BD GenCell automated NGS library preparation system. The team is also engaged in new innovation and technology development efforts in genomics and NGS-based molecular diagnostics. In partnership with BD Biosciences, the Genomic Sciences focus area is developing technologies to enable SCG from solid tumors and clinically-important rare cells circulating in blood.

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