Sports Scientist

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
14 May 2018
End of advertisement period
18 May 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Sport Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

Oriam opened in August 2016 and its vision is to create world class sporting facilities and services that will have a positive impact on the preparation and development of athletes, coaches and volunteers in Scotland. The facility is the national training base for football, rugby, basketball, volleyball, handball and squash and through the Scottish Institute of Sport will support many of Scotland’s top athletes on their journey to success on the world stage.

The Sport Scientist will provide a range of support services, including but not limited to, physiological assessments and monitoring, strength training and sport-specific conditioning to athletes on performance programmes including the Heriot-Watt University Talented Development Programme, University sports clubs, Wilson scholars (students with physical and/or mental health conditions), national and regional level sports organisations (e.g. Netball Scotland, Dunedin Netball club) and private clients.

The Sport Scientist will report to the Performance Sports Manager whilst working in partnership with staff from a range of partner organisations including the Sportscotland Institute of Sport, the Scottish Football Association and Scottish Squash and Racquetball.

As an employee of HW Services Ltd you will be committed to delivering a high quality support environment that meets the needs of both athletes and coaches. You will be committed to evidence-based practise, scientific enquiry through applied research, personal development and a high degree of rigour in all aspects of your work.

Oriam provides professionals wishing to work in the sport, fitness and physical activity sector a unique opportunity to be part of something special. To be part of our team you will need to display a desire for personal development whilst being committed to supporting talented individuals around you. Our business is built on the overarching attributes of diligence, hard work and team cohesion, qualities you should recognise in yourself and with a proven track record of developing in others.

Job specific tasks

As well as being able to demonstrate the core competencies of the organisation and the specialist competencies required of the role there are a number of specific tasks that will be routinely required of the post holder. In addition the post holder is required to carry out any task necessary to ensure we continually deliver exceptional service to our customers. The job specific tasks are detailed below.

Key tasks
Plan, deliver and evaluate the provision of sport science and S&C services to identified athletes including but not limited to;
Gym based sessions for strength, speed and power
Field-based conditioning sessions
Sessions for the development of sport-specific speed, agility and power
Recovery, activation and preparatory sessions
Field and laboratory based assessments of physical capacity
Keep detailed records of data pertaining to training load, readiness to train, wellness and availability.
Work with medical staff to plan and deliver screening protocols for the early identification of injury risk.
Work with identified medical staff to plan and deliver rehabilitation programs that integrate with athletes technical and skill based sessions.
Provide written and oral feedback to coaches, athletes and medical staff.
In partnership with the Performance Sports Manager and partner groups ensure appropriate and high level support services are delivered to our clients.
Effectively manage and maintain all high performance areas including free weights and laboratory facilities.
Contribute to applied research projects and the development of coach and practitioner resources.
Administer a performance programme e.g. liaise regularly and promptly with coaches, athletes and University staff, select prospective athletes/allocate funding when necessary, and maintain good personal relationships with key partners.

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on 18th May 2018

This role does not meet the minimum requirements set by UKVI to enable sponsorship of migrant workers. Therefore we cannot progress applications from candidates who require sponsorship to work in the UK. For further information on this please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/work-visas