Research Assistant - Welsh Institute of Performance Science

Swansea University - Engineering

(£28,936 to £32,548 full time equivalent), together with USS pension benefits if required.

The role of the Research Assistant is to provide support to WIPS staff, search for grant and funding opportunities, draft grant applications, conduct guided research, produce research reports, and aid Sport Wales practitioners in delivery of content as appropriate. The Research Assistant will be appointed by and report to Professor Liam Kilduff and Dr Camilla Knight.

The Welsh Institute of Performance Science (WIPS) has been created to increase the research capacity of Sport Wales, with the aim of further enhancing the performance of Wales at the Commonwealth Games and medal capture of Welsh athletes at the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The Welsh Institute of Performance Science is a three-way partnership between Sport Wales, Wales’s leading academic sport scientists, and relevant industry partners. WIPS is supported by Sport Wales, in collaboration with Swansea University, University of South Wales, Bangor University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Cardiff University. The purpose of WIPS is to conduct performance and medal-focused research that will be implemented with athletes for immediate performance impact.

 Main Duties

  1. Undertake research projects pertaining broadly to performance science topics, as identified by the WIPS research steering group. Specific research tasks will include literature searches, producing literature reviews, designing and implementing research studies, analysing results, and producing written reports.
  2. Search for grant opportunities to support current and future WIPS projects
  3. Explore potential funding opportunities with industry partners
  4. Draft grant applications
  5. Conduct scoping meetings with key internal and external project partners
  6. Provide research support to Sport Wales practitioners as necessary
  7. Disseminate research findings through reports, presentations, videos, and other media
  8. Aid in the production of quarterly and annual reports detailing progress on related projects
  9. Act as the WIPS point of contact for internal and external partners
  10. Attend quarterly research steering group meetings

Essential Criteria

  1. A degree in Sport and Exercise Science or a related subject.
  2. Evidence of the ability to actively engage in and contribute to writing and publishing research papers, particularly for refereed journals. 
  3. A demonstrable ability to conduct research in line with the objectives of the project
  4. Evidence of planning skills to contribute to the research project
  5. Experience working within elite sport and/or related industry settings
  6. Attention to detail and the ability to meet strict deadlines
  7. Up to date and proficient computer skills including full suite of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Powerpoint, Excel and SPSS
  8. Ability to problem solve using initiative to propose practical solutions as necessary
  9. Ability to organise and facilitate meetings to include minute taking
  10. Assist with monitoring of deliverables for individual projects
  11. Provide general administrative support to the defined projects team, such as prepare and circulate agendas/papers, take minutes, file documents, make travel and conference arrangements
  12. Ability to travel to sector premises

Closing date 17th December 2017

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