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VACANCY | First Team Sports Scientist

16 November 2020

Job Title: Sports Scientist

Department: Performance Science & Medicine

Location:Training Ground / Stadium

Reports to: Performance Manager

Direct Reports: Manager, Coaching Staff, Physiotherapists & Sports Scientists

Salary: £18k pa, Bonus Scheme and Company Pension Scheme.

Hours of Work: As required to cover First Team schedules that include match fixtures and training days. There is an expectation with this position to work evenings and weekends.

Contract Length:    Permanent                                                               


Summary and Main Purpose

To assist the clubs Sports Science Department in the development, organisation, co-ordination and implementation of all Sports Science related matters to First Team players. This post is appropriately remunerated to suit graduate/junior applicants with the successful applicant being expected to optimise the availability and enhance the athletic development of Rotherham United First Team players through the provision of footballs best sports science and strength & conditioning support. The Sports Scientist is also expected to add education to the department staff with ongoing education programmes and also developing intra-club research studies. The Sports Scientist should also establish and maintain an effective network outside the club including university links for furthering research.

Key Relationships  

First Team Manager and Coaching Staff

Performance Manager

Head of Medical Services

First Team Physiotherapist

Sports Rehabilitators / S&C coaches


Club Doctor    


Key Tasks / Accountabilities:

  1. To program the service and delivery of all Sports Science matters relating to First Team players. It is expected that this delivery is through high professional standards utilising up to date research and evidence-based practice within the Sports Science and Medical Department.


  1. To assist in the development of evidence-based protocols and research for all areas of Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning throughout the club. There is an expectation to use all available resources including the latest research, collaborating with a successful network of external clinical specialists and university links.


  1. To lead and contribute fully within the Sports Science and Medical CPD programme of the department, through both participation and delivery of material.


  1. To oversee and drive the interdisciplinary approach of sport science working alongside the medical department, of which that includes special reference to injury rehabilitation.


  1. Be cognisant of all other staff roles and responsibilities within the department and how you interact with them in the multidisciplinary team.


  1. To assist in the maintenance and security of player load management records through performance management applications and other platforms such as the Football Association Injury & Illness Surveillance Study.


  1. To program the physical and physiological screening/testing and management of First Team players utilising various technologies such as GPS in effectively periodising the season.


  1. To be part of the Anthropometry and nutritional provision having effective communication with the clubs chef and Nutritionist whilst also incorporating safe supplementation to all First Team Players.


  1. To design, implement and ensure the effective programming of recovery protocols to all First Team players in the regeneration phase between fixtures.


  1. To integrate an intra-institutionalised research initiative from Rotherham United Football Club data collected in all matters of Sports Science to utilise in adapting practice with a possibility of professional publications.


  1. To observe, monitor and react to the ever-evolving world of Sports Science / Strength & Conditioning, keeping up to date with all current research developments and changes in professional regulations.
  2. To ensure the latest clinical, scientific and technical innovations to practice are incorporated into maintaining the highest level of support within the Sport Science Department provision.


  1. To create successful and professional relationships with staff whilst maintaining professional distance from playing staff at all times.


  1. To lead in the implementation of the department injury prevention protocols through assessment, analysis, delivery and auditing of collected data.


  1. To maintain player information confidentiality within the scope of practice at all times.


  1. To act, at all times, in a manner appropriate to a representative of Rotherham United FC.



Key Requirements 






BSc (Hons) Sports Science or related



MSc Sports Science or related



UKSCA/NSCA Accreditation



BASES Accreditation



Valid First Aid Certificate / Basic First Aid for Sport course 



ISAK Accredited




A certain level of experience in full-time professional sport  



Experience of working within a multidisciplinary team within a Sports Medicine environment



Playing experience to a high level in any sport



Skills / Knowledge

Strength & Conditioning

Excellent understanding of human anatomy and biomechanics 



Excellent understanding of dose response loading and supercompensation with reference to sporting performance



Excellency in the understanding of physical screening and S&C programming



Sports Science

Excellent understanding of TRiMP monitoring and periodisation



Excellent understanding of human physiology and principles of athletic performance



Excellent knowledge of injury prevention and recovery strategies



Personal Skills / Qualities

Excellent problem solving and decision making skills 



Ability to lead pitch and gym based, group and individual conditioning



Skills to understand the multidisciplinary needs of other members of the department



Set and maintain high standards of work performance and deliver quality consistently and effectively



Establish and maintain relationships with external institutions 



Exceptional organization skills with the ability to manage competing demands and deadlines to be able to work in a fast moving environment



Holds a full current up to date driving licence



Proactive and engaging style with a winning attitude and can-do approach



Flexible approach and attitude to working hours



Good listener 




Excellent competency in operating Sport Science specific software programmes



Excellent written and verbal communication skills that are clear, engaging and responsive to convey complex information to individuals



Excellent skills within Microsoft Office, Power BI and Excel



Excellent knowledge and understanding of medical and sport science terminology





Rotherham United Football Club is a diverse organisation that values difference and recognises that people with different backgrounds, skills, attitudes and experiences bring fresh ideas and perceptions. We are committed to providing equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice for all players, officials, staff, supporters, members of the community, partners and other stakeholders according to their individual needs. Discrimination on the grounds of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin or political belief has no place within the club.

Rotherham United is committed to providing each employee, potential employee, customer and service-users equality of opportunity across all areas of the club’s operation. Rotherham United will ensure that equality practices are integral to every process and create an inclusive and positive environment for all.


Rotherham United is an equal opportunities employer and all applicants for employment will be given equal opportunities irrespective of race, colour, nationality, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability or ethnic origin.

In line with EFL/FA policy RUFC welcomes applications from candidates of BAME backgrounds and our interview process will encompass the BAME/FA Diversity regulations.



Rotherham United takes safeguarding very seriously and is committed to ensuring that all children and adults at risk are safeguarded at all times when engaging in Club activities or services. The club has numerous safeguarding policies and best practice guidelines to support this and expects all employees to adopt such policies and practices at all times.

Identified positions within the Club may be subject to receipt of an acceptable Disclosure and Barring Service check, in line with the clubs safeguarding policies as well as any other condition stipulated by law from time to time. The club adheres to strict guidelines, policies and procedures when recruiting staff who work with children and/or adults at risk and is committed to ensuring staff receive appropriate safeguarding training suitable to their role/s. Successful applicants are expected to share the club’s approach to safeguarding at all times.

Interviewees are required to bring proof of ID to the first interview (valid passport OR birth certificate and NI card) along with proof of right to work I the UK (if applicable). ID documents must be original, photocopies will not be accepted.


Outlined above is the specific compliance requirements for the role and the employment offer is subject to all employment checks being completed. We may also view social media sites of any potential employee.


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Closing date EOD 27th November 2020

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