Battelle Memorial Institute Tech Writer/Editor in Arlington, Virginia

Battelle is guided by a founding mission. We invest our knowledge, talents and resources, helping our customers achieve their most important goals. We apply scientific rigor and creativity, succeeding where others may fail, and we invest in our communities, making the world better for generations to come. All of us share a common purpose: to solve the greatest challenges of today and tomorrow.

Our 22,000 employees work at the forefront of scientific innovation to tackle critical challenges in security, human health, manufacturing, energy and environmental management. Battelle’s work is grounded in the belief that science, technology and a passion for excellence can make industries more competitive and the world a better place.

Primary Function

Battelle’s Environment and Infrastructure (E&I) business unit is seeking a Technical writer/editor to support the research, development, test and evaluation of security systems and technology for both the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration. The selected candidate will work in Battelle’s Atlantic City Office located in Arlington, VA .

Battelle provides solutions and helps develop innovative products for commercial customers by leveraging technology into competitive advantage. We also team with more than 800 federal, state, and local government agencies, providing cost-effective science and technology in the areas of national security, homeland defense, energy and environment, health and life sciences, and transportation and space. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, we have a vast science and technology reach. With the national labs we manage or co-manage, we oversee 20,000 staff members and conduct over 4 billion dollars in annual research and development.

Major Responsibilities

  • Writes, rewrites, and/or edits documentation, communication and reference materials used for a variety of purposes for research and service departments throughout the organization. Organizes or restructures documents to meet information dissemination goals.; Integrates text and graphic elements to meet document design goals.; Verifies proper use of references, secondary sources, and ancillary materials to ensure compliance with applicable provisions of copyright law.

  • Advises staff in the planning and organizing of information, visual presentations or graphic illustrations.; Provides a high degree of quality assurance by reading documents objectively and closely for structure, coherence, logic, tone, and style and ensuring end products meet customer expectations.

  • Acts in place of potential audience members to ensure that documents achieve their rhetorical and contractual goals.; Ensures that written product communicates information in a clear and appropriate manner.

  • Advises staff on the most cost- and time-effective means to accomplish communications.

  • Oversees the production of publications and provides coordination between the publication production staff and the research or service group.; Ensures a quality product is produced on time and within cost constraints.

Position Requirements

  • Requires a Bachelor's degree in English, Journalism, Communication or technical field. Requires 5 years of experience as a writer/editor of technical publications.

  • Candidate should have experience working in a Government contract highly dynamic test and evaluation environment.

  • Must have the ability to team with a diverse group of individuals ranging from new college graduates to PhD level. Candidate shall have the ability to maintain, prioritize, and manage deliverable schedule so all reports meet client mandated deadlines and follow Battelle's internal SOPs.

  • This will include interacting with authors and ensuring they are submitting peer reviewed documents in accordance with schedules.

  • Candidate must proofread and edit technical documents and scientific reports, be flexible and quickly adapt when “pop up’ and other high priority client reporting needs cause priorities to change.

  • The ability to adapt to changes in document specifications and to manage a multi-author/multi-reviewer publication cooperatively are also key requirements.

  • Experience working under pressure with deadlines is critical. There are approximately 50 documents ongoing per month with a minimum of 10 documents/month requiring technical editing and formal delivery to the client.

  • Must have excellent grammatical and rhetorical skills and be familiar with a broad range of communication techniques and styles.

  • Expertise in Microsoft Office and familiarity with Adobe is required. Should be capable of creating and maintaining document templates.

  • Knowledge of layout, graphic design, and desktop publishing principles is desirable.

  • MS Access expertise is a plus.

  • US Citizen required with the ability to obtain and maintain Secret Security Clearance, DHS and TSA suitability.

Legal Disclaimer

The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, activities and skills required of staff members. No statement herein is intended to imply any authorities to commit Battelle unless special written permission is granted by Battelle's Legal Department.


Battelle’s competitive benefits program includes comprehensive medical and dental care, matching 401K, paid time off, flexible spending accounts, disability coverage, and other benefits that help provide financial protection for you and your family.

Battelle provides employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Our goal is for each staff member to have the opportunity to grow to the limits of their abilities and to achieve personal and organizational objectives. We will support positive programs for equal treatment of all staff and full utilization of all qualified employees at all levels within Battelle.

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