Utah State University

Technical Writer

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(11/10/2023 5:57 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
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Program Management & Support
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
100% Time
College of Engineering
ASPIRE Engineering Research Center
Advertised Salary
Minimum $60,000 commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


The ASPIRE center, headquartered at Utah State University, is seeking a talented Technical Writer to join our dynamic team. This role will play a vital part in facilitating effective communication within our Engineering Research Center as well as the State of Utah's Electrified Transportation Initiative, bridging the gap between complex technical research and external stakeholders. The Technical Writer will be responsible for creating, editing, and maintaining documentation that conveys the scientific and engineering research findings, technologies, and achievements of ASPIRE to a wide range of audiences. These include documents for proposals, project reports, public relations and marketing, community engagement, and annual reports to NSF and the State of Utah. This position is an excellent opportunity for an experienced writer who is passionate about science and engineering and thrives in a collaborative, interdisciplinary research environment. 


This position is eligible for hybrid work within the state of Utah.


  • Document Outcomes: Collaborate with researchers and scientists to translate complex technical information into clear and accessible documentation, including research papers, reports, and technical publications.
  • Proposal and Grant Writing: Assist in the development and writing of grant proposals, research reports, and other technical documents to secure funding and support for ASPIRE's initiatives.
  • Communication and Outreach: Create and maintain content for ASPIRE's website, press releases, newsletters, and social media to promote research activities, achievements, and public engagement.
  • Editing and Proofreading: Review and edit documents for accuracy, consistency, and clarity, ensuring they adhere to ASPIRE's style and formatting guidelines.
  • Knowledge Management: Manage and organize a repository of technical documents, ensuring they are readily accessible for team members and external stakeholders.
  • Graphic Design Collaboration: Work closely with graphic designers to create visually appealing documents that effectively convey technical information.
  • Collaborative Approach: Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including researchers, engineers, administrators, and industry partners to gather information and insights for documentation.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field, such as technical writing, engineering, or a scientific discipline, or additional equivalent work experience and training. A Master's degree is a plus.
  • Proven experience in technical writing, with a strong portfolio demonstrating the ability to convey complex technical concepts to diverse audiences.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with scientific and engineering terminology and concepts is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of or experience with research proposal and grant writing is an advantage.
  • Graphic design skills and proficiency in tools like Adobe Creative Suite are a plus.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Exceptional writing, editing, and proofreading skills, with a keen eye for detail and accuracy.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and other relevant software tools for document creation and management.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams.
  • Ability to work independently, manage multiple projects, and meet deadlines.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume/CV to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV"
  2. Cover letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
  3. Name and contact information for 3 professional references to be entered into Candidate Profile

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Minimum $60,000 commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The ASPIRE Center is a National Science Foundation (NSF) Engineering Research Center (ERC) that is headquartered at Utah State University. Our research leads the nation in supporting adoption and advancing the electrified transportation industry! We are the first of its kind in the world to take a holistic approach to eliminate range and charging as barriers to electrifying all vehicle classes, from passenger cars to heavy duty trucks. The ASPIRE team serves as a trusted guide for society and as a champion for inclusive pathways into a diverse engineering workforce specially trained to support the ensuing cross-industry transformations. ASPIRE has grown to over 400 participants across 10 university partners and has more than 60 industry and innovation members actively engaged in its programs. The Center has raised more than $100 million in research and development and pilot project support since 2020 and maintains efforts in research and development and "beyond research" commercialization, pilot projects, and planning support. Since 2023, ASPIRE has been designated by the State of Utah as the lead institution for statewide strategic planning for electrified transportation.

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

*updated 09/2023


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