Sports Science Position

Armidale, Australia
01 May 2019
End of advertisement period
29 May 2019
219090, 219091
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Sport Science
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Science-Industry Research Fellow (Rugby League)
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Rugby League)

School of Science and Technology

  • Armidale or Sydney locations
  • 3 years fixed-term, full-time, with the possibility of extension
  • $ 66,670 to $90,056 per annum (Junior Research Fellow-  Level A)
  • $ 94,736 to $112,279 per annum (Research Fellow, Level B)
  • Plus 17% employer superannuation. Salary packaging options available
  • Applicants must have fulltime work rights for the term of the contract.

The University of New England (UNE) in Armidale, Australia is a unique university, in the enviable position of boasting an excellent international reputation as well as being a leader in research and academic innovation.  We aim to foster a constructive and engaged culture where creative ideas and innovation thrive. In the recent national research assessment (ERA 2018), human movement and sports science research at UNE achieved the highest rating by the Australian Research Council at ERA 5, deemed “well above world standard”.

The New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL) is the governing body for rugby league in NSW and has responsibility for the development and talent pathways of junior athletes as well as the management of the State of Origin NSW Blues team.

NSWRL and UNE have recently partnered to create a Rugby League Centre of Excellence with world class sports science facilities located at Homebush, Sydney. As a part of this partnership, we are offering an exciting opportunity for two focused research fellowship positions examining talent identification and development as well as the interplay between training practices, athlete wellbeing and performance outcomes. A major research focus of the partnership will be on women’s rugby league including optimising player development pathways, GPS analysis of performance and injury risk factors.

About the roles

The successful candidates will be part of an established and renowned multi-disciplinary research team led by Professor Aron Murphy. The primary focus of the program will be to improve the evidence base for best practice sports science in rugby league and the successful candidates will have excellent data analysis skills. These two positions will have responsibility for the development and translation of evidence based sports science to the NSWRL. Specifically, these positions (collectively) will focus upon:

  1. Supporting and delivering an applied sports science research program with a focus on end-user (players, coaches, management) adoption and impact e.g. applied sports science support and player development;
  2. provision of scientific support to the NSWRL high performance programs including performance analysis (eg GPS analysis for training and games), applied sports science support and athlete management e.g. testing, training, monitoring and educating across the NSWRL talent pathway to facilitate and improve the NSWRL long term athlete development framework;
  3. elucidating the relationships (i.e. either physical, psychological, technical and tactical constructs) that underpin athlete wellbeing and performance; and
  4. achieving high quality research outcomes including publication, research student supervision and external research funding.

The research will be supported by strong industry linkages in conjunction with collaborative expertise in the field of biomechanics, computational science, physiology, sports science and statistics as well as access to our university cloud and high performance computing infrastructure.

Skills & Experience

The successful candidates would normally possess postgraduate qualifications that enable them to provide evidence-based scientific support and research services to NSWRL. They will possess high-level theoretical understanding and technical proficiency coupled with excellent communication and interpersonal skills enabling them to work as part of a dynamic and productive team. Experience and computational skills in working with large data sets is desirable, as is prior experience of working with performance analysis and athlete management systems. Candidates with varied work backgrounds are encouraged to apply, with prior extensive experience in a team-sport high performance unit (strength and conditioning; performance analysis; sports scientist; data scientist) highly regarded.

Additional information

The position may be based in either Armidale or Sydney. Regular travel to Armidale will be an expectation of the role.

To discuss this role please contact Professor Aron Murphy:  phone 02 6773 5009 or email To find out more about the School of Science and Technology visit

About Armidale

Living in Armidale you will experience the best of both city and rural living. Enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle with access to shopping, gourmet food, top sporting facilities and cultural delights all for a fraction of the price you would expect to pay in a major city. You can live in the heart of Armidale or experience the tranquillity of the New England on a rural property.

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Closing Date:   2 June 2019

Science-Industry Research Fellow (Rugby League) Job Reference No:    219090

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Rugby League) Job Reference No:         219091

To demonstrate your suitability for this role, please respond to the selection criteria, contained in the position statement, in your application.

Equity principles underpin all UNE policies and procedures. As a University committed to engaging a diverse workforce, UNE encourages Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply.