Victorian Institute of Sport

Sport Science Student Placement Program 2019

Friday, 02 November 2018

VIS Sport Science Student Placements offer an exciting opportunity to gain valuable practical experience within the daily training environment of elite athletes, delivering specialised Sport Science support and working under some of Australia’s leading applied Sport Scientists.

The placements are open to 3rd year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying an Exercise Science (or equivalent) degree. These unpaid placements are for a minimum of 10 hours per week over a 12 month period, commencing in January 2019.

This placement will be located within the VIS Sport Science Department. The trainee will be directly supervised by a VIS Sport Science staff member to deliver general and specialised sport science services to VIS athletes.

Key Responsibilities/Duties

Trainees will either be assigned to a particular sport or assigned to various projects in general sport science. The placements will assist with a number of initiatives in any area of VIS Sport Science, including:

Reporting/Working Relationships

Responsible to the Sport Science Coordinator and liaising with other VIS Sport Scientists, Coaches and Athletes.

Special Conditions

This placements requires frequent out of hours work with travel often required. Students currently enrolled in university degrees should complete this placement as a fieldwork opportunity. To ensure their own safety and the safety of others, employees must work in a safe manner and comply with all VIS policies and procedures that relate to Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare. This includes current Working with Children Check, CPR and first aid qualifications.

Application Details

Who is eligible?

The placements are open to 3rd year undergraduate and postgraduate students studying an Exercise Science (or equivalent) degree. Applicants with other related degrees such as Sports Engineering and Computer Science, for example, may also be considered. Applicants must hold a current driver licence to be eligible for the placement. Student placements are NOT offered to high school students.

How to Apply?

Most recent academic record

Applications are due no later than 5pm on 28th November 2018.

Email your application (cover letter, CV and academic report) to:

Key Criteria to address in your cover letter in one A4 page or less:

  1. Why do you want the placement (career aspirations)?
  2. Outline your knowledge of lab/field testing, lactate/hydration/training monitoring, performance analysis, and technology (cameras, software etc)
  3. Outline your previous practical experience in lab/field testing, lactate/hydration/training monitoring, performance analysis, and technology.

*Applications that do not outline the above key criteria will NOT be considered.

Desirable qualifications/experience

The following qualifications are considered desirable for the student placement application as they will be required to be completed in order to fulfil the duties/responsibilities of the placement:

Key Dates

  1. Applications close at 5pm on 28th November 2018
  2. Interview dates: commencing from Thurs 6th Dec – Wed 12th Dec

Selection Process

Successful candidates will be contacted via email to attend an interview as indicated above. If you have not received an email by Mon 17th Dec then your application has been unsuccessful. Unsuccessful candidates will not be contacted due to the high number of applications we receive each year.


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