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Technical Writer / Research Analyst; Science, Technology, and Engineering (ST&E)

Universities Research Association, Inc.
New Mexico, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
May 31, 2022

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Universities Research Association (URA) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation with members including over 90 leading research universities, established in 1965 at the behest of the National Academy of Sciences and President Lyndon Johnson's Advisory Committee on Science. The mission of URA is to establish and operate in the national interest unique laboratories and facilities for research, development, and education in the physical and biological sciences to expand the frontiers of knowledge, foster innovation, and promote the education of future generations of scientists.

URA is a subcontractor under the National Technology and Engineering Solutions of Sandia (NTESS) LLC for the management of Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) with the purpose of leveraging the resources of the academic community to enhance the Laboratories' ability to fulfill its science and technology mission. URA has established a URA Sandia Site Office (USSO), operating under the Chief Research Officer, on the SNL New Mexico site and is seeking applications for a Science, Technology, and Engineering (ST&E) Technical Writer / Research Analyst.



Reporting directly to the USSO Director, the ST&E Technical Writer / Research Analyst (Writer/Analyst) will have significant responsibility for technical report writing for USSO's workshop reports, research landscape analysis reports, and other materials supporting USSO tasks such as involved in support for university partnership development and fellowships and student programs. 

The successful candidate must demonstrate superior writing, editing, and communications skills, with a keen eye for detail, and will prepare, review, revise, and maintain technical documentation and reports covering a variety of ST&E fields, and have the ability to collaborate well with other team members in research analysis and technical writing. The Writer/Analyst must also be able to independently identify, gather, and analyze applicable scientific and technical information from various sources in response to new and changing requirements and to document processes and procedures; to gather information from subject matter experts, and to develop and organize scientific and technical reports on a wide range of subjects.

The Writer/Analyst will work closely with the USSO Director and collaborate with other USSO staff in the organization and execution of workshops supporting strategic planning, partnership development, and funding opportunity identification for Sandia ST&E organizations. They will also work on other related and often overlapping activities such as support for external review boards through technical writing and collaborations on research analysis. This includes research landscape analysis that searches, organizes, and communicates results from various forms of information (such as bibliometrics databases) to identify research trends, funding opportunities, R&D policy directions, and partnership opportunities. 



This position requires a degree at least at the bachelor's level in science, technology or engineering discipline, preferably one relevant to Sandia National Laboratories' Research Foundations. It also requires demonstrated superior writing, editing, and communication skills in technical writing and analysis with up to 5

years' experience in technical writing/analysis or equivalent experience.


Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L- or Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. Applicants offered employment are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct, or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment. The worksite is SNL, housed on Kirtland Airforce Base in Albuquerque, NM, and partial remote work or telework may be allowed.  

 All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin. URA must conduct pre-employment drug testing and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement records and credit checks, and employment and education verifications.


At Universities Research Association, Inc. (URA), our employees are our most important asset. As part of our commitment to creating an enjoyable and productive work environment, we offer a comprehensive benefits package. Qualified candidates should send a resume, one-page cover letter, and sample of most applicable technical writing electronically to



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