Technical Writer Editor

Job Details

Job ID: 10936

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.


Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


Participate in planning, organizing, researching, writing, editing, formatting, and producing moderately complex scientific, technical, and administrative documents and multimedia products (e.g., proposals, reports, hardware and software documentation, journal articles, and conference papers), for internal and external audiences, within the boundaries of standard procedure using basic publication software and content management tools. Work on day-to-day assignments under general supervision, typically receiving general or detailed instructions on new assignments.

  • Participate in analyzing user requirements within boundaries of standard procedures.
  • Participate in negotiating, preparing, and tracking scope, cost, and schedule estimates for work assignments.
  • Create documents in real time for less-critical meetings.
  • Advise authors on questions of language, style, and audience awareness.
  • Keep authors and management informed of assignment status.
  • Participate in researching industry standards, trends, and technologies.
  • Conduct quality review of technical materials.


  • Typically requires a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of one year of related experience, a Master’s degree, or a PhD. At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 GPA scale.
  • General understanding of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in technical communication, including applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards.
  • Experience writing, editing, and producing scientific or technical proposals, reports, presentations, or similar documentation/multimedia products.
  • Ability to capture scientific, technical, and business information, including creating documentation products in real time.
  • Excellent computer skills, including advanced skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), Adobe Acrobat, and collaborative authoring and enterprise content management tools.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and strong customer focus; ability to coordinate and collaborate effectively in a team environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to communicate, market, and advocate discipline-related knowledge, services, and programs.
  • Excellent organizational skills; ability to complete detailed tasks accurately and efficiently.
  • Critical analysis and problem-solving skills with the ability to develop creative and innovative solutions for technical communication issues.
  • Ability to use good judgment and quickly respond to changing priorities; ability to work under pressure and meet commitments, including deadlines and budgets.
  • Ability to help innovate work processes and help implement industry-best practices in technical communication technology and methods.
  • Willingness to work extra hours, including nights and weekends (eligible for overtime pay); willingness to travel.
  • General knowledge of applicable Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations.
  • Experience editing technical journal articles, research papers, math-intensive documentation, manuscripts, and/or books.
  • Knowledge of typographical standards for mathematical material.
  • Experience with Adobe FrameMaker, Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop.
  • Proficiency in HTML and XML and experience with web design or development.
  • Experience with LaTeX.

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