Sport Physiologist – Australian Sailing

Posted on June 10, 2022 by

About us

The NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) is a high-performance sporting organisation that supports Australian athletes to become world’s best. We reach all regions of NSW with an Olympic and Paralympic training facility based at Sydney Olympic Park and high-performance hubs across NSW that provide world class daily training environments for our athletes and coaches. Our experts work in collaboration with partners within the national sporting system to create and deliver high performance support services and environments to prepare athletes and coaches for international competition.

About the role

The Sport Physiologist will drive holistic athlete development to positively impact training and performance and provide best practice physiology services to Australian Sailing (AS) categorised athletes along the pathway from the Australian Sailing Team (AST) to the State Sailing Pathway Program (SSPP), as a part of an integrated inter-disciplinary team. This role is partnered with Australian Sailing and based predominantly out of the National Training Centre at Middle Harbour, Sydney.

The role is a fulltime position offering a competitive salary, which is negotiable based on the successful candidate experience and demonstrated competency and will be based predominantly at the AS National Training Centre, Middle Harbour, Sydney.

This is an identified working with children role.

For further information about the role and the key accountabilities please see the job description.

Job Description

About you

You will have:

  • 3+ years’ experience in the provision and application of physiology services, with proven experience interacting with high performance coaches and athletes and an understanding of the high performance sport environment, including modern coaching theory and its application to training
  • Proven success in utilising physiology knowledge for planning, periodising and managing athletes across seasons/campaigns at senior national or international level, and an understanding of current trends, technological advances and practices sport science and coaching
  • Proven experience in planning and monitoring athletic performance to achieve performance progression
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to work in a multi-disciplinary/sport team environment with high performance support staff, coaches and athletes
  • Experience in operating and managing quality control and quality assurance programs to meet laboratory compliance standards
  • Proven ability to analyse data, interpret results and produce reports for influencing athletic training programs and the capacity to communicate this in a coach and athlete-friendly manner
  • Experience using sport-specific computer programs and training monitoring software platforms

Essential requirements

  • Min 3+ years fulltime experience in the provision and application of physiological services and proven experience interacting with high performance coaches.
  • Undergraduate degree with Honours in Exercise, Health, Movement and/or Sport Science
  • Level 1 Anthropometry
  • ESSA Sport Scientist Level 1
  • Sport Integrity Australia – Anti-Doping Fundamentals and annual update 2022
  • Sport Integrity Australia – PBTR – Child Protection and Safeguarding
  • First Aid and Resuscitation certificate
  • Working with Children Check
  • Current driver’s licence
  • Covid 19 Vaccination status

Applying for the role

To apply for this role please submit:

  1. A cover letter outlining how you meet the requirements and focus capabilities in the job description for the role (maximum 1 page)
  2. An up-to-date CV outlining experience, qualifications and achievements (please include at least two referees)
  3. A response to the pre-screening questions (maximum 400 words per question)

Pre-screening questions (Please limit your response to no more than 400 words)

  1. An ILCA-6 athlete has just completed a 4-week training block in Sydney before arriving in Palma (Spain) to take part in the first regatta of the season. The athlete arrives 6 days before commencing the 6-day regatta, running from the 4th -9th of April. Highlight some travel considerations for this athlete and recovery strategies you would implement before and during the regatta.
  2. You are newly appointed to this role and are discussing the training plans for the next month with the NSWIS sailing coach. The plan presented appears to be an excessive training load for the development athletes you are working with. You are concerned about how the athletes are going to cope and the potential for injuries as a result. What are your strategies to work through these concerns?

If you would like to enquire about the role contact Ned Brophy-Williams, Section Lead at

To apply complete your application via the iworkforNSW by midnight Wednesday 13 July 2022. Only those applications that address the selection criteria and focus capabilities will be considered by the Selection Panel.

Apply now

This recruitment may be used to create a Talent Pool for similar future roles that may arise over the next 18 months.

For more information about the NSW Institute of Sport please visit

The NSW Institute of Sport encourages all applicants who can be safely vaccinated for COVID 19, to be so. Candidates unable to receive the COVID-19 vaccination due to a medical condition may be requested to provide an NSW Health COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Contraindication form completed by a medical practitioner.

Commitment to Diversity

The NSW Institute of Sport is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce which reflects our community, sport partners and athletes. We encourage applications from suitable candidates including; of all ages, genders, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, culturally and linguistically diverse groups, veterans, refugees, LGBTIQ+ community and people with disability.

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