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Endurance training scientist - Adelaide

AUSCYCLING


AusCycling (AC) is the National Body for the sport of cycling in Australia as recognised by the International Cycling Union (UCI), the Australian Government (Sport Australia and Australian Institute of Sport), the Australian Olympic Committee, Commonwealth Games Australia and Paralympics Australia.

AC is responsible for leading, managing and developing the sport which includes the national teams at the elite level, including Olympic, Paralympic and Commonwealth Games, through to grass roots’ community level participation.

The focus of the Australian Cycling Team is to support AC’s Vision of becoming the World’s Leading Cycling Nation and the team’s contribution to this vision will be measured by Olympic and Paralympic Gold medals.

Description of Role:

This role will see you working closely with Australian Cycling Team Endurance coaches with an emphasis on track, and alongside the broader Performance Support Team, to initiate and deliver high level physiological support to endurance cyclists.

As the Endurance Training Scientist, you will be responsible for prescribing high-quality and innovative training to endurance cyclists. In addition, you will provide performance testing and load monitoring and contribute to applied research and knowledge growth that underpins physiological performance. This will be achieved by identifying critical gaps and using scientific knowledge of first principles and training science to develop training plans that will contribute to improved performance of the Australian Cycling Team at the Olympic Games.

Key Role Responsibilities:

The following responsibilities are indicative requirements of the role and are not intended to represent an exhaustive list of all requirements. In close consultation with endurance cycling coaches, as well as Australian Cycling Team management:

  • Provide world-leading physiology support to endurance cycling (track and road) athletes and their coaches

  • Provide world-leading individualised training prescription for endurance cycling (track and road) athletes in line with the ‘What will it take to win’ (WWITTW) strategy

  • Provide world-leading athlete monitoring, reporting, and testing protocols

  • Contribute to individual athlete performance plans aligned with the Australian Cycling Team’s overarching performance strategy

  • Work collaboratively as part of the Australian Cycling Team performance support staff by establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with key internal and/or external stakeholders to identify, lead and deliver agreed outcomes

  • Deliver quality advice and report on relevant issues to endurance cycling (track and road) coaches and senior management

Experience and Qualifications:

  • Masters or PhD in Human Movement/ Exercise and Sports Science/ Sports Physiology

  • ESSA Applied Sports Science Level 2 Accreditation or equivalent accreditation

  • Demonstrated 5+ years’ experience and understanding of working with elite coaches, athletes, and stakeholders in a high-performance system

  • Demonstrated experience working towards National and International benchmark events

  • Demonstrated experience working in a combination of professional cycling and National teams (desirable)

  • Demonstrated ability to provide individual athlete profiling: athlete testing and monitoring methodologies, analysis, and interpretation

  • Demonstrated experience in delivering evidence-based performance science solutions, under pressure and to tight deadlines in challenging high-performance environments

  • Demonstrated capacity to provide timely, compelling, and concise advice to support coaches and senior management in making informed performance decisions

  • Demonstrated experience in strategy development, decision making, managing financial resources, risk management and having challenging conversations

  • Demonstrated experience in leadership, cultivating networks and partnerships and earning trust, managing change

  • Demonstrated experience in applying scientific research to practice and using innovative techniques

Selection Criteria:

  • Comprehensive scientific knowledge of first principles (i.e., physiological systems, measurement and equipment) and training science (i.e., principles and practice)

  • Strong understanding of sport specific determinants of performance and competition enhancement strategies

  • Understanding of endurance and strength/power physiology and the interaction between cycling specific training and gym-based training

  • Data management and visualisation skills

  • Scientific thinking skills, including the ability to harness complex data, identify critical gaps and assess the value of data to identify and develop opportunities for performance gain

  • Highly developed communication skills (including interpersonal, negotiation, influencing and representation) and a proven ability to build and maintain effective relationships both internally and externally with a diverse range of stakeholders

  • Demonstrated scientific acumen, planning and management skills and the ability to identify and achieve work objectives within an often-fast-moving environment

  • Implement systematic performance planning and monitoring processes

  • Deliver and implement applied strategies to positive outcomes at the highest level of Performance Sport

  • Exercise judgement and creativity in challenging traditional assumptions and providing solutions

  • Demonstrate a positive attitude in the face of difficult situations and maintain high level of performance under pressure

  • Work autonomously with responsibility to deliver to tight deadlines

High Performance Behaviours:

  • Passion for excellence and strong desire to excel | sets high goals and establishes stretch goals for personal, team and program accomplishment

  • Teamwork | brings vision and develops direction and structure, acts with purpose, and builds trust with staff and athletes

  • Sets high standards of performance for self and others | assumes responsibility and accountability for successfully completing tasks, ensuring high quality; sets standards for excellence and remains calm under pressure

  • Communication | clearly conveys information and ideas through a variety of platforms to individuals and groups in a respectful manner

  • Commitment to continuous learning | actively identifies new areas for learning and open to others’ ideas

  • Coaching | provides timely guidance and feedback to support others to strengthen specific knowledge and skill areas; clarifies expected behaviours, knowledge and level of proficiency; provides performance feedback and reinforcement of effort and progress; establishes strong interpersonal relationships

Key Partners include:

  • The High Performance Network (SIS/SAS)

  • Australian Institute of Sport (AIS)

  • Worlds leading education and development organisations including universities and training institutes

General:

  • Travel throughout Australia and to domestic and international competition may be required on occasion

  • Comply with all policies set down by AusCycling and ensure that they are implemented as appropriate

Other mandatory employment conditions include:

  • Working with Children’s Check clearance from the relevant authority;

  • Satisfactory Police Check (in the absolute discretion of the Company); and

  • Satisfactory No Doping Declaration (in the absolute discretion of the Company)

Application Instruction:

To be considered for this role, please send you current CV and cover letter to Irene Stamatopoulos at recruitment@auscycling.org.au

Only those applicants shortlisted for interview will be contacted

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