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Junior Sport Scientist

Posted on: September 11, 2023

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 Sport Science professional to their team from December 2023 for a 1-year contract.


  • 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 with football being one of the priority codes.


  • 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 over a competitive football

DESIRABLE REQUIREMENTS: (Exposure to one or a combination of the following):

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


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • High standards of professional and ethical conduct;
  • Desire to work in a coach-driven and multidisciplinary 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.


  • One (1) year fixed-term contract with an entry-level market-related salary.


Interested candidates to please send your comprehensive CV and cover letter to SEMLI HR, by Monday, 20 November 2023. Please ensure availability during the last
week of November to undergo an interview. Successful candidates will be notified following this

SEMLI reserves the right not to make an appointment to the posts as advertised