The Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI Pacific) in conjunction with the University of Victoria (UVic) is
seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic student Strength & Conditioning (S&C) Coach who will fully
engage in the dynamic and vibrant environment offered by both partners.
This funded PhD studentship in Sport Science will be based out of the University of Victoria. The
purpose is to develop a research program aligned with the CSI Pacific Innovation and Research
mandates, which have the potential to directly impact Olympic and Paralympic sport in Canada. As part of
the PhD funding package, the successful candidate will also provide S&C services to the University of
Victoria Varsity programs as well as to a select number of Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) athletes.
Throughout the PhD you will be an active member of the newly formed CSI Pacific and UVic Applied
Sport Science Practitioner pathway. This fast-track pathway is limited to high achieving individuals,
identified with the potential to succeed in a Sport Science career at the elite level. The pathway will
provide technical mentorship and education in the provision of S&C as well as exposure to a number of
other important areas including data analytics and leadership. The pathways goal is to identify, train and
fast-track Canada’s next best world class sport practitioners.
Based in Victoria, BC, this 4 yr full-time PhD position will required enrollment in all three academic terms
during each year and may include some travel within the province of BC.
VISION: Canadian Sport Institutes/Centres are key contributors to Canada's world leading Olympic and
MISSION: To provide a world-class, multi-sport daily training environment for athletes and coaches
through expert leadership, services, and programs.
CORE COMPETENCIES: CSI PACIFIC
CORE STRATEGY: PERFORMANCE SERVICES
- Fostering performance excellence through leadership, education, and evidence-based innovation
of integrated sport science and sport medicine teams.
KEY DELIVERABLES & SPECIFIC DUTIES:
1. COMPLETE PHD AND CONDUCT RESEARCH IN SPORT SCIENCE
- Pass the candidacy examination
- Write and successfully defend a PhD dissertation/thesis in sport science that aligns with CSI
Pacific Innovation and Research mandates
- Seek out and apply for research grants when and if applicable
- Fulfill the course requirements
o Minimum of six units (four courses) of course work at the 500 level or higher
- All courses are valued at 1.5 units.
- Fulfill the breadth requirements
- All PhD programs include the Research skills course which is to be complete over and
above the course work required
- Be enrolled and located Victoria for all 3 academic terms during PhD. completion
- Participate in annual progress reports
- Enhance Sport Science/S&C at UVic and CSI Pacific through personal involvement in the
- Maintain awareness of the latest developments in Sport Science techniques, research and
technology through conferences, seminars and self-directed reading.
- Increase the profile of Sport Science via a minimum of one presentation, poster or
published practical articles per year.
- Communicate and advise coaches and athletes of the latest technological developments
2. STRENGTH & CONDITIONING SUPPORT FOR VARSITY & PSO / NextGen ATHLETES
Lead the physical preparation of athletes who compete at Varsity and provincial level, as follows:
- Work with Head S&C coach to design evidenced based S&C programs establishing shortand long-term goals
- Supervise sport-specific exercises, exercise sequences, sets, repetitions and recovery
periods, and coach athletes on correct exercise techniques, safety measures and other
methods to maximize the value of training sessions.
- Continually assess athletes and ability to effectively follow programs
- Consult and collaborate with sport medicine professionals to recondition athletes after an
- Help design and support flexibility, warm-up and physical conditioning exercises in training
and prior to competition.
- Test Protocol Implementation & Development
- Responsible for organising & executing timely sport specific testing & evaluations when
required by your sport
- Evaluate & interpret results to prioritise S&C components necessary to achieve optimal
- S&C Framework Development
- Actively engage in S&C program growth, update framework document where needed,
always ask questions, stay hungry and consistently reflect.
- Lead collection, storage and analysis of S&C monitoring and evaluation data for your sport
- Track data to review with coaches and athletes
- Help Head S&C lead Undergraduate S&C Pathway
- Provide guidance and direction for Junior S&C coaches within S&C timeslots.
- Distributed Camp-Based S&C
- Work with targeted PSO / NextGen athletes and or training groups in distributed or campbased environments with some travel
- Identify diagnostic assessment (Movement Screen / Field testing) in conjunction with Sport to
- Create strength and conditioning plans to support identified gaps and work remotely with
coaches to integrate priorities in sport-specific annual training plans
- Monitor testing over time and assist in helping coaches to better understand athlete training
QUALIFICATIONS & EXPERIENCE:
- A Master’s degree in Sport Science or related field
- 2+ years experience as an S&C Coach
- Successful completion of a Criminal Records Check and verification of relevant
- Research, thesis or project based MSc
- Experience working as part of an Integrated Support Team (IST) in a high performance, interdisciplinary sport environment
- Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and
Conditioning Association or an international equivalent
- Familiarity with sport performance laboratory
- Olympic Weightlifting coaching certification (NCCP or an international equivalent)
- Sprint coaching certification (NCCP or an international equivalent)
- Background as a high performance sport coach and/or athlete
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
- Able to lead Varsity S&C programs and bring personal leadership experience
- Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of independence and initiative
- Good team building skills and the ability to adjust to changing priorities
- High level of proficiency with Microsoft Excel and/or databases
- Bilingualism (French & English)
$18,000 per year
Dr. Marc Klimstra and Dr Nick Clarke will jointly supervise this PhD program. This unique collaboration
will draw upon, and advance, existing specialisms in the respective research groups to provide an
opportunity for basic science and applied sport science work. It is the groups’ goal to continue in the
delivery of international research excellence through the interdisciplinary and applied nature of the work
to generate meaningful impact on Sport in Canada.
- Remain in good academic standing until completion of PhD
- 6-9 sessions or 10-15hrs a week expected to be dedicate to S&C related responsibilities.Typically
early mornings and/or evenings
- Ideal start date is early August 2020 for Academic start 1st Sept 2020
CLOSING DATE: Friday Apr 10th, 2019 at 5:00 pm Pacific
TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and cover letter as ONE document via our GetHired page:
We thank all applicants for their interest; however please note that only those selected for an interview
will be contacted.
The Canadian Sport Institute Pacific is an equal opportunity employer