University of Alberta

Technical Writer

Department of Civil Engineering

Competition No.  -    S104137055
Posting Date  -    Sep 14, 2018
Closing Date  -    Sep 26, 2018
Hourly Rate  -    $23.53 - $31.52
Grade  -    06
Hours  -    35

This position has an appointment end date of December 31, 2018 with a possibility of extension.

Reporting to the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Industrial Research Chair in Building Construction, the Technical Writer plays a key role in the coordination and finalization of academic publications and  communication materials produced  by the staff and students associated with the Industrial Research Chair.


  • 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 Chair
  • Researches and writes materials that raise awareness and the profile of the Chair
  • Quickly assesses the writing style necessary for each project and effortlessly transitions one style to another
  • Works in a collaborative environmental where consultation with the Chair staff and graduate students determines the guiding principles for each writing project
  • Writes for and updates the Chair website, researches and contributes to articles, writes Chair newsletter, speaker notes and other correspondence as required by the Chair
  • 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 IRC website
  • Assists with a variety of projects and initiatives such as conferences, workshops, and short Industry courses
  • May include writing instruction, tutorial, and independent research as necessary
  • Performs other related duties as required


  • Bachelor's Degree (in English language, communications, or related discipline preferred; equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered)
  • Familiarity with conventions in forms, structure, and notations of technical writing
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, among other programs
  • Familiarity with a variety of writing style guides
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), organizational, and interpersonal skills

Along with your resume, please submit a cover letter that outlines why you believe you are the right person for this position. Also, in your cover letter, please provide a detailed answer to the following question:

"How will you contribute to a culture of trust, effectiveness and execution in the Faculty of Engineering?"

Applications received without a cover letter will not be considered. Applications received with a cover letter that does not specifically address these important items will also not be considered.

How to Apply

Apply Online

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.

The University of Alberta is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workforce. We welcome applications from all qualified persons. We encourage women; First Nations, Métis and Inuit persons; members of visible minority groups; persons with disabilities; persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; and all those who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and the University to apply.