Technical Editor II/III

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Laboratory Research Sciences


Cures Start Here. At Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, home to three Nobel laureates, interdisciplinary teams of world-renowned scientists seek new and innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat cancer, HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening diseases. Fred Hutch’s pioneering work in bone marrow transplantation led to the development of immunotherapy, which harnesses the power of the immune system to treat cancer. An independent, nonprofit research institute based in Seattle, Fred Hutch houses the nation’s first cancer prevention research program, as well as the clinical coordinating center of the Women’s Health Initiative and the international headquarters of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network. Careers Start Here.


At Fred Hutch, we believe that the innovation, collaboration, and rigor that result from diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission of eliminating cancer and related diseases. We seek employees who bring different and innovative ways of seeing the world and solving problems. Fred Hutch is in pursuit of becoming an anti-racist organization.  We are committed to ensuring that all candidates hired share our commitment to diversity, anti-racism, and inclusion.   


The Technical Editor II/III position will provide support to the Director of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division, the Principal Investigator of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network Laboratory Center, and the Director of the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division, within the planning, writing, editing and production of a variety of scientific, technical and executive documents.  Project activities will include organization, production, editing and finalization of highly specialized technical and scientific material for publication, including manuscripts for scientific journals, grant applications, presentations, and communications, etc.  This will involve written text, formatting and scientific graphics/illustration and will require oversight to ensure that all materials meet established guidelines and standards of appearance and content. 


This person will work under limited supervision and use discretion within existing guidelines and standards; final review/authorization of materials will be made by the supervisor and/or her designated scientific staff. 


  • Prepare outlines and draft sections of scientific manuscripts including writing of materials and methods sections, preparing tables and graphs in coordination with the scientific staff doing the studies. Prepare the manuscripts according the style guides of the submitting journal. Manage submission of the manuscript and follow through to final publication.
  • Coordinate and edit revisions to book chapters, manuscripts, articles, reports and slide presentation materials of a highly technical nature.
  • Coordinate documentation preparation with publication deadlines, grant deadlines, collaboration efforts and other projects for the supervisor and related faculty/senior staff within the laboratory and administrative program.
  • Review, edit and retype grants and grant-related documents. Ensure that documents are in proper format and complete.  Work with upper administration to prepare final submissions.
  • Assist with written material for the Division including divisional webpages, newsletters, strategic plans, announcements, departmental posters, etc.
  • Produce high-quality tables, figures and/or graphics for publications and presentation.
  • Recommend edits on written materials to improve readability, coherence, accuracy, grammar and conformity to internal and publishing standards of style.
  • Format and convert documents according to established standards.
  • Develop and maintain templates.
  • Maintain reference database and filing system of Program resources including, but not limited to: professional CV’s and Biosketches, Other Support Information, Manuscripts, Endnote and other documentation. Ensure that all information is up to date, as needed.
  • Gain concurrence of author on edited materials; make further revisions as required.
  • Copy-edit and proofread scientific manuscripts and coordinate journal submission.
  • Review professional journals and scientific literature to stay abreast of new requirements in technical writing field.
  • Review scientific illustration software programs to seek improved graphic performance and illustration.
  • Execute completion of projects in a timely manner and prior to deadlines, maintaining flexible work hours to complete projects on time.
  • Provide other technical and administrative support as needed.




Level II

  • Requires masters or PhD degree in a scientific field directly related to the department/program.
  • Minimum of three years analytical and writing experience in a health care, research, or science academic environment required.
  • Knowledge of cellular immunology and medical terminology.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects at one time.
  • Experience in publishing and editing.
  • Strong demonstrated technical writing skills.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Attention to detail.

Level III

  • Expertise in Word, PowerPoint, Excel. 
  • Expertise with high quality scientific graphics. 
  • Experience with bibliographic software.
  • Familiarity with scientific research methods,
  • Extensive knowledge with medical terminology and cellular immunology.  
  • Prepare and have written manuscripts for science and technical journals. 



  • PhD degree in Science (Immunology, Biochemistry, Biology, etc) or within an extensive science background.
  • Certification in Technical Writing. 
  • Experience with grant preparation.
  • Expertise with Endnote and Adobe software. 
  • Prism graphics experience.


A statement describing your commitment and contributions toward greater diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in your career or that will be made through your work at Fred Hutch is requested of all finalists.

Our Commitment to Diversity

We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA) Employer. We are committed to cultivating a workplace in which diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, national origin, sex, age, disability (physical or mental), marital or veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology, or membership in any other legally protected class. We are an Affirmative Action employer. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds to apply and desire priority referrals of protected veterans. If due to a disability you need assistance/and or a reasonable accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please send a request to our Employee Services Center at or by calling 206-667-4700.


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