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Junior Sport Scientist

Posted on: July 3, 2024

The University of Pretoria’s commitment to quality makes us one of the top research Universities in the country and gives us a competitive advantage in international science and technology development.

In pursuit of the ideals of excellence and diversity, SEMLI Sport Science unit wishes to invite applications for the above vacancy.

The Sport Science Unit at Sport, Exercise Medicine and Lifestyle Institute (SEMLI) at the University of Pretoria is looking to recruit a Sport Science professional to join their team from August 2024 on a full time basis.


  • Sport Science service delivery encompassing sport physiology, biomechanics, data analysis, athlete monitoring and strength and conditioning;
  • Practical tutorial teaching assistance;
  • Contribute to research activities;
  • This role will require working in multiple sports codes including but not limited to endurance sport, tennis and golf.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Honours degree in Sport Science or a suitable equivalent postgraduate qualification;
  • First aid and/or basic life support (provide required levels);
  • At least 1 year of experience working in Sport Science;
  • Computer literacy in MS-Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Must be willing and available to travel and work over weekends.

Competencies (Skills, knowledge & behaviours):

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • High standards of professional and ethical conduct;
  • Desire to work in a coach-driven and inter-disciplinary system;
  • An enthusiastic and supportive attitude towards coach and athlete development;
  • Ability to apply current Sport Science knowledge;
  • Ability to work under time and performance pressure.

Desirable requirements (Exposure to one or a combination of the following):

  • Strength and conditioning certification (e.g. CSCS or equivalent) or experience
  • Athlete monitoring and management software experience
  • Work experience gained in a performance sport context
  • Anthropometry certification (e.g. ISAK or equivalent)
  • Data analytics basic competencies
  • Evidence of understanding of the research process.

Contract & remuneration:

  • Full-time contract with an entry-level market-related salary.


Interested candidates to please send your comprehensive CV and cover letter to SEMLI HR, by 12 July 2024 . Please use the subject “Junior Sport Scientist – July 2024” when you submit your CV.

SEMLI reserves the right not to make someone to the post as advertised.