PhD in Sport Science & Provincial Strength & Conditioning Coach


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 Paralympic performances.

MISSION: To provide a world-class, multi-sport daily training environment for athletes and coaches through expert leadership, services, and programs.


  • Communicating
  • Planning
  • Reflecting
  • Leading


  • Fostering performance excellence through leadership, education, and evidence-based innovation of integrated sport science and sport medicine teams.



  • 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 following:

                 - 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


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 injury

                   - 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 performance

  • 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

  • Leadership

                    - 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 determine gaps.

                    - 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 loads.



  • 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 education/certifications


  • 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



  • 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)

FUNDING: $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

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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

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