Golf Lab Research Assistant Faculty of Health _ Wellbeing £17111

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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

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

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

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

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.


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:

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


      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
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
                                      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).
(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

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The employment package includes generous holiday entitlements - Annual leave entitlement starts
from 25 days and rises depending on staff group, grade and length of service.

In addition, extra statutory days are provided for extended University closure around some UK

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