A key member of the communications team, the Technical Writer is expected to have extensive ability to review and synthesize complex technical/scientific data and then clearly present information in an easily comprehensible way for both expert and non-specialist audiences. He or she will consult relevant IDA staff members to interpret technically sophisticated project specifications and requirements.
Review technical papers, briefs, and other materials describing IDA analyses/technical evaluations and convert the materials into concisely written summaries that capture the essence of the work and are understandable both to well-informed lay persons and subject matter experts including senior government officials.
Create various products for external audiences based on existing publications, workshops, or symposia organized by IDA including abstracts and explanations of IDA publications, project descriptions, and other research materials.
In collaboration with graphic artists, develop graphics and illustrations to help present key results in an easy-to-understand fashion and create an appealing visual impression that attracts readership.
Create descriptions of IDA research capabilities appropriate for external audiences in order to promote improved understanding of IDA overall – or a specific IDA research group or capability – to target audiences of interest.
Ensure consistency of expression, logical organization and development, readability, appropriate formatting, and conformity to grammar and appropriate style across all products.
Perform other duties as assigned.
A Bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline, Communications, English, Journalism, or related degree coupled with 5+ years’ experience as a technical writer in a product, academic, or service industry; a STEM degree is preferred.
Experience writing and editing complex scientific, engineering, or academic/journal documents within tight deadlines in a timely and accurate manner.
Experience synthesizing information across a wide span of disciplines for use in external publications.
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to communicate effectively with all levels of employees.
Advanced degree preferred.
Candidates selected will be subject to a security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information as required.
IDA (Institute for Defense Analyses) – a not-for-profit corporation headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia just outside Washington, DC – operates three Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) in the public interest: the Systems and Analyses Center, the Science and Technology Policy Institute, and the Center for Communications and Computing.