University of Dundee

OME Technical Writer

Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression
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Closing Date: 
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Grade 7 (£29,249 - £35,938)

The Open Microscopy Environment Consortium (OME) is a growing team dedicated to building open source tools for managing, analyzing and understanding large, multi-dimensional datasets generated in life sciences research and biomedicine. We have lots of great functionality and are entering an exciting phase of development and integration.

Our team works hard, has a great time, and delivers unique, world-leading applications that are changing  the way bioscience works. OME is well-funded and growing and as a result, we need your help!

We value collaboration, and thrive on creativity and well-designed code. We passionately follow open source development and licensing; we make major contributions to Bio-Formats and OMERO software applications that are installed in thousands of labs around the world. We are proud of our commitment to an open source philosophy and want to increase our user base and improve our users’ experience.

We have a team of user experience and support professionals who focus on user experience, innovation, QA and training. We’re looking for a technical writer to join the user experience team and help produce trainingand user documentation for our software. If you enjoy a challenge and are interested in joining an open source project, maybe you should join OME.

Send us the goods: examples of documentation that you have written, scientific writing samples...

This position is available until 30 November 2014.


  • Contribute to a creative, highly interactive and agile innovation process;

  • Collaborate with external project teams with involvement of other software developers; project manager, usability specialists and other domain experts;

  • Oversee generation of training and user documentation;

  • Liaising with users on support related questions;

  • Visit and help support labs in the UK and on the continent;

  • Develop and implement training programme for a global user-base;

  • Help form and follow quality procedures and test standards, execute manual tests for multiple software builds within scheduled releases.


  • Experience working on a multi-disciplinary team;

  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills;

  • Strong collaborative skills with an eye towards efficiency and creativity;

  • Facility to manage several different scale projects simultaneously, delivering high quality on time;

  • A strong design sense and understanding of usability concerns;

  • Ability to translate technically challenging material into reader and user-friendly documentation;

  • Documentation writing and implementation of training;

  • Either a strong background in science and coding with an aptitude and passion for writing, or a strong writing background with a desire and ability to learn and digest technical & scientific concepts.

 Pluses: Successful candidate should have a working knowledge of several of the following:

  • UI engineering or front-end web development experience;

  • Experience working with software developers;

  • Knowledge of agile and software development process;

  • Experience building software collaboratively using a distributed revision control system such as Git, SVN, or Mercurial.

To apply on-line please visit:  If you are unable to apply on-line please contact Human Resources on (01382) 386209 (answering machine) for an application pack.  Please quote reference number LS0204.

The University of Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

 The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.