Writer/Editor 3, Mark Twain Project, UC Berkeley

Saturday, September 1, 2012 - 3:00am

http://jobs.berkeley.edu/, ID 14479

Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: September 1, 2012

Departmental Overview
Located in the midst of the Mark Twain Papers in The Bancroft Library, the Mark Twain Project is editing and publishing a comprehensive scholarly edition of Mark Twain's writings, including all of his letters, notebooks, and unpublished manuscripts, as well as his well-known literary works. Since 2007 we have been building an electronic edition of these writings, http://www.marktwainproject.org, which draws upon the Web's strengths of search, organization, and display.

Researches, writes, and edits material as well as potentially develops digital tools for both print and Web publication, including critical editions, XML documents, and databases. In general, works with colleagues to ensure accuracy and completeness of individual scholarly volumes of Mark Twain’s letters, literary manuscripts, and published works, which are issued by the Mark Twain Project as printed books as well as electronically through its website, Mark Twain Project Online.

Required Qualifications
The ideal candidate has contributed successfully to digital humanities projects and is self-motivated to produce accurate work in collaboration with colleagues. Because of the nature of MTP's concerns, the candidate must have a deep understanding of textual criticism, including methodologies for establishing texts.
• Thorough knowledge of computer applications for publishing, image handling, and/or web production, especially XML-based workflows.
• Thorough interpersonal communications skills, including active listening and effective collaboration skills.
• Thorough analytical and critical thinking skills.
• Thorough research and fact verification skills.
•  A master's degree in a related area (e.g. American literature, history) or equivalent research experience and training.

Preferred Qualifications
• Familiarity with TEI-XML, XSL, JavaScript, databases, and/or content management systems (e.g. Drupal).
• Familiarity with library metadata.
• Experience with transcribing manuscripts.
• Experience with devising and running unit and system tests.
• A keen eye for proofreading and copy-editing.
• Ph.D. is preferred.

Salary & Benefits
Monthly: $4,250 - $6,308.33 Annual: $51,000 - $75,700

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Equal Employment Opportunity
The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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Academic excellence landed me into the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley.  While strong language and documentation skills form the cornerstone of my training, my passion is to use my strong people and writing skills in helping the people I serve be successful.  Would like to pursue a career in technical writing and further enhance my skills in communicating complex ideas in a simple and effective manner.


Born in capitalistic Hong Kong, raised in conservative Texas and obtained my degree in liberal California, I have been privileged with a life path that enables me to correlate naturally to people of diverse backgrounds and cultures.


I have a passion in language and writing.  Not just writing, but writing that makes a difference, converting complicated contents into digestible language/formats that fit the reader’s needs.  Valuable concepts or ideas are often wasted when not effectively communicated in a user-friendly manner or in the appropriate media.


Throughout my college years, I’ve been taking up, non-stop, both part time jobs and community services to prepare myself for a teaching career.  I believed that teaching would allow me to use my language as well as people skills.   As I went further into the profession, however, I realized a thirst to go beyond a school context.


Retro-linking the dots in my educational and career path, technical writing becomes a natural choice.  I would like to deep dive into this profession, in which I can help engineers and developers from diverse backgrounds effectively communicate their valuable ideas/work.  At the same time, I can also learn about the fascinating world of technology driving modern day human interactions.


Being at a switching point, there is no denial that my knowledge of sophisticated technology is limited.  I believe, however, that technology is not about how much one knows already, but how much one is ready to learn.



Patti Suen


pattisuen@gmail.com                1069 Camino Del Valle, Alameda, CA 94502              (408) 421 1062



Academic excellence landed me into the College of Letters and Science at UC Berkeley.  While strong language and documentation skills form the cornerstone of my training, my passion is to use my strong people and writing skills in helping the people I serve be successful.  Would like to pursue a career in technical writing and further enhance my skills in communicating complex technical ideas in a simple and effective manner.




Bachelor of Arts in English, University of California at Berkeley, 2010





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§  HSBC Outstanding Academic Achievements Scholarship, 2007

§  Girls Scouts Gold Award 2006 (Commendation from White House, CA State Governor & Senators)

§  Advanced Placement Scholar Award, 2005

§  Regional Winner, 7th Annual National High School Poetry Contest, 2005

§  El Camino Flute Ensemble, 2nd Chair Flutist, 2004

§  State Level Award, Duke University Talent Identification Program, 2004

§  Texas State Program for Gifted Children, 2004

§  President’s Education Award, 2003




Bilingual in English & Chinese (Putonghua/Mandarin, Cantonese)

Proficient in MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint




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