Senior Sport Physiologist – Swimming

Posted on January 7, 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

NSWIS is offering an exciting opportunity to fulfil the role of Senior Sport Physiologist until 31 December 2024. The role will work with the Manager, Sports Science to provide world class technical expertise and service delivery in physiology to athletes and coaches as part of an integrated trans-disciplinary team that positively impacts athlete performance. Specifically, this role will be accountable for providing physiology advice and support to Swimming within the Olympic Park Performance Hub, operating in a three-way partnership with Swimming Australia, NSWIS and Swimming NSW. A key strategy for the role involves the development of systems and processes to facilitate evidence-based decision making and the achievement of individualised performance outcomes for each swimming program, coach and/or athlete against world’s best standards.

This is a full-time position offering salary range $94,883 – $99,627 plus employer contribution to superannuation and successful candidate is available to commence on the 21st of February 2022 or nearest possible date.

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

Job description

About you

  • Extensive experience (6+ years) in the provision and application of physiology services and proven experience interacting with high performance coaches and athletes with 2+ years of demonstrated experience in the management or supervision of staff
  • Demonstrated extensive experience of working in a performance environment encompassing project and research work with coaches, athletes and other service providers across multiple sports
  • Proven success in utilising physiology knowledge to diagnose, plan and deliver multi-discipline solutions to complex performance problems across multiple seasons/campaigns to support medal-winning performance (or equivalent) at a senior international level
  • Proven experience in using a holistic approach to planning and developing athletic performance in both team and individual athletes to achieve performance progression
  • Demonstrable experience developing and supervising staff/interns to achieve performance outcomes
  • Work collaboratively as part of a high performing team/ organisation, establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with key internal and/or external stakeholders to lead and deliver high quality business outcomes
  • Demonstrated experience in leading delivery of quality advice and reporting on relevant issues to senior management

Essential requirements

  • Honours or Masters degree by Research in Exercise, Health, Movement and/or Sport Science or related field
  • ESSA Sport Scientist Level 1
  • Level 2 Anti- Doping Certificate (ASADA)
  • Keep Australian Sport Honest Certificate
  • First Aid and Resuscitation Certificate
  • Current driver’s licence

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 below (maximum 500 words per question)

Pre-screening questions (Please limit your response to 500 words)

  1. Highlight your strategy in providing world class physiology support to the NSWIS swimming program. In doing so acknowledge the key stakeholders who will be important for you to make the greatest impact in the program and how you will engage them in the process.
  2. Provide an example of how you have had to navigate and overcome a difficult professional situation and still achieve performance outcomes and objectives. Outline the problem, why this was a problem, your steps to resolve the problem and the eventual outcome.

If you would like to enquire about the role contact Alex Natera Manager, Sports Science at 02 9763 0222.

To apply complete your application via the iworkforNSW by midnight Sunday 13th February 2022. Only those applications which 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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