APPLICANT INFORMATION Golf Lab Research Assistant Faculty of Health & Wellbeing £17,111 to £20,327 per annum, dependent on experience Fixed term until 31 July 2011 Vacancy reference HWB 531/10 Closing date 20 December 2010 at 12 noon The University Sheffield Hallam University is one of the UK's most progressive and innovative universities. We pride ourselves on making a difference - to our students, our staff and to the businesses we work with. Our research and business ideas, alongside our sought after graduates, contribute to the economic and social development of both our region and to the UK as a whole. Our teaching is first-rate and is supported by our world-class applied research. Our students are a diverse group and benefit from a tailored approach that helps them to get the most from their studies. We offer top quality teaching and learning facilities and the ability to learn flexibly in a way that best suits their needs. For example, we are one of the UK's leading universities in e-learning and offer a range of distance learning and part time courses as well as the more traditional full time courses. Our industry partners choose Sheffield Hallam because of our flexible, business led approach and our high quality research, facilities and students. Our partners include Sony, BP, NHS, Network Rail, Cisco, SAP and Microsoft. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and we have invested heavily in new technology to ensure that our technological capability matches the cutting-edge approach of our teaching. We are recognised as a Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, e-learning and employability. The University's Corporate Plan for 2008-2013 outlines our priorities and is available to download http://www.shu.ac.uk/about/foi/priorities.html Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) The Centre for Sports Engineering Research (CSER) at Sheffield Hallam University is an internationally renowned centre of excellence for research and consultancy, with over 110 years of cumulative experience. It focuses on developing fundamental understanding of the complex sporting environment and the creation of new innovative technologies. The centre is led by Professor Steve Haake, founding chair of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA), founding editor of the journal Sports Engineering and author of nine books and over 130 publications. CSER currently comprises 13 researchers, 2 admin staff, 8 PhD students and 8 MSc students. It was part of the very successful Sports Studies submission to the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (UoA 46) placing it 4th in the country in terms of research power. CSER was awarded a number of noteworthy grants this year from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Royal Academy of Engineering and is part of Innovation Futures (a large multi- disciplinary project funded by HEFCE, ERFDF and Yorkshire Forward). The centre was awarded five national and international prizes in 2008-9 amounting to £26,000, bringing the total number of prizes won by staff so far to eleven. CSER undertakes research and consultancy for a diverse range of sports companies and sport organisations including: the International Tennis Federation, Adidas, Prince, Puma and UK Sport. In the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games, the centre has been identified as a UK Sport Innovation Partner, a role that will see it providing technological support across sports such as swimming, diving, boxing, gymnastics (and skeleton bobsled and snowboarding for Vancouver 2010). CSER also delivers large and complex collaborative projects with agencies such as the former Department of Trade and Industry, the European Regional Development Fund and the European Social Fund. Public engagement is embedded into the culture of the centre and numerous high profile projects have been delivered with organisations like the British Council, the Institute of Physics and the Royal Academy of Engineering. Location Collegiate Campus This post is based at our Collegiate Crescent Campus which is a leafy oasis set in Victorian landscaped gardens off Ecclesall Road, which is bustling with shops, bars and cafés. Discussion and Selection Event For informal enquiries regarding this post please contact: Nick Hamilton, 0114 225 2566 Proposed Interview Date: To be confirmed For informal enquiries regarding this post please contact Nick Hamilton, Senior Research Fellow on Tel: 0114 225 2566, E-mail: N.Hamilton@shu.ac.uk Proposed Interview Date: Week commencing 10 January 2011 The Selection Event for this post will comprise of an Interview Further Details About This Post CSER has developed a unique mobile golf swing analysis lab in conjunction with the project sponsor Golphysics. The lab allows in depth analysis of the golf swing to be taken out of the laboratory and in to the field. The candidate will be expected to aid in the development and commercial exploitation of the lab in conjunction with the rest of the team of development engineers and coaches. The lab records full body motion during the swing, ground reaction forces and the ball and club launch conditions. The data is processed and fed back to the golfers using a secure web interface where they can interrogate their swing with the online tools provided. This online portal for feedback is one of the strengths of the system, the interactive nature of which allows golfer/coach driven investigation and swing improvements. The size and strength of the UK and worldwide golf markets make the exploitation of this system very attractive. In the UK and Ireland alone there are approximately 1.7 million core golfers who play at least once a month, worldwide this figure is more like 30 million. A significant proportion of these golfers engage a coaching professional to improve their swing paying between tens and hundreds of pounds for a session. It is envisioned that the mobile lab will compliment this teaching allowing coaches to remove the subjectivity from their coaching using the tools within the online feedback report. Once fully trained the candidate will be responsible for the day to day running of the lab over the period of the project. This will involve developing collaborations and working relationships with suitable golf clubs and coaches nationwide and touring around with the lab, testing participants Job Description Job Title: Golf Lab Research Assistant Faculty/Dept: HWB/Centre for Sports Engineering Research Grade: 4 Reports to: Prof Steve Haake Direct Reports: N/A Role Purpose: CSER has developed a unique mobile golf swing analysis lab in conjunction with the project sponsor Golphysics. The lab allows in depth analysis of the golf swing to be taken out of the laboratory and in to the field. You will aid in the development and commercial exploitation of the lab in conjunction with the rest of the team of development engineers and coaches. You will be responsible for the day to day running of the lab over the period of the project. This will involve developing collaborations and working relationships with suitable golf clubs and coaches nationwide and touring around with the lab, testing participants Responsibilities: Day to Day Running of the Golf lab performing swing analysis Liaising with Golf clubs and coaches nationwide to develop relationships Development and management of the lab systems Analysis of the lab operation and feedback to development team Analysis of the lab potential and feedback for commercial operation Person Specification Job Title Golf Lab Research Assistant Faculty/Dept Health & Wellbeing Completed by Nick Hamilton Vacancy Reference Number HWB 531/10 (* Essential or Desirable) Details E* D* Evidence** Attainment A degree or equivalent in a relevant E AF & Q/C subject (sports science, biomechanics, Evidenced achievements e.g. mechanical engineering ) relevant qualifications (or equivalents), training, membership of professional bodies Experience Understanding of research methods E AF/I and techniques Type of experience and specific knowledge required for this job High standard of golf ability E Experience of using Microsoft Office E including Excel Competencies Good planning and organisation skills E AF/I with the ability to prioritise and manage Skills and abilities required for own workload against conflicting effective performance e.g. demands and deadlines numeracy, attention to detail, oral and written communication, Excellent oral communication skills, E planning and organising, with the ability to communicate well at leadership skills, ability to cope individual and group levels in formal with conflicting and informal circumstances demands/deadlines Excellent written communication skills E including the ability to write reports Team player, with the ability to work E effectively with a range of people, both internal and external to Sheffield Hallam University Good IT skills including word processing and use of E databases or spreadsheets. Other relevant information Willingness to work flexible hours (the E AF/I post will require travel on a monthly e.g. shift work or weekend basis, occasionally international, and at working, travel in UK or abroad, short notice to liaise with participants). driving (state approximate frequency i.e. travel abroad twice a year) Desirable criteria should be kept to a maximum of 4 key points **Evidence/Method of Assessment Q/C = Qualifications/Certificates AF = Application form I = Interview P = Presentation PT = Psychometric Testing IT = IT Test OT = Occupational Test Where an applicant has declared a disability and their application meets all of the essential criteria they will be guaranteed an interview. 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