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VACANCY | First Team Sports Scientist

27 August 2021

An exciting opportunity to join our team here at Rotherham United...

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 aimed at graduate/junior applicants with ongoing support given to help develop the successful candidate in their professional journey. The purpose of the Sport Scientist is to optimise 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 value 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:

  • To program the service and delivery of all Sports Science / Strength & Conditioning 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.


  • 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.


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


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


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


  • 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.


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


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


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


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


Key Requirements:


BSc (Hons) Sports Science or related  

A certain level of experience in full-time professional sport 

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

 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 

Excellent understanding of quantifying training and periodisation in team sport 

Excellent understanding of human physiology and principles of athletic performance 

Excellent knowledge of injury prevention and recovery strategies  

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

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 positive can-do approach 

Flexible approach and attitude to working hours 

Good listener   

Excellent competency in operating Sport Science specific software programmes in particular Catapult, Benchmark54, Hawkin Dynamics  

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  


Postgraduate Qualification in Sports Science or related field 

UKSCA/NSCA Accreditation XBASES Accreditation 

Valid First Aid Certificate / Basic First Aid for Sport course

ISAK Accredited   

Playing experience to a reasonable level in any sport  




Please complete the application form that can be found on the Club website and return as requested as an upload to Indeed along with your CV and covering letter stating your suitability for the role.

Unfortunately, your application may not be processed without a completed application form being returned to the Club

Salary Competitive



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.

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.


Equal Opportunities:

The post holder’s duties must be carried out in compliance with the Club’s Equal Opportunities Policy, with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and subsequent Health and Safety Legislation.

Rotherham United is an equal opportunities employer and a signatory to the new FA Football Leadership Diversity Code and all applicants for employment will be given equal opportunities irrespective of sex, age, race, religion or belief, marriage or civil partnership, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, pregnancy or maternity, ethnic or national origin.

These duties and responsibilities should be regarded as neither exclusive nor exhaustive and the post holder may be required to undertake other reasonably determined duties and responsibilities within Rotherham United Football Club, commensurate with the post without changing the character of the post. This post requires a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) enhanced Criminal Records Check (CRC) check with a barred list check. The applicant must be prepared to submit a CRC application if they do not hold and FA CRC Certificate. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974). Information on all convictions including spent convictions must be declared, in line with the new Government Filtering System.


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Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

COVID-19 considerations:
Follow Covid protocols on site and wear a mask

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