Research & Development Sports Scientist at Catapult Sports

Product, Melbourne, Australia melbourne product
Posted 11 days ago

Our mission is to improve the performance of athletes and teams, which we do by engineering the premier technology platform for sport. We've been at the forefront of sports technology and science since 2006 - we don't just work in the sporting industry, we are actively changing its future.  Our solutions are designed to help athletes and coaches “play smart” in a world where 1% can literally mean the difference between winning and losing.

We work with over 3,000 teams around the world, empowering coaches, managers and trainers in premier teams in the NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS, EPL, AFL, NRL, NCAA and more. We provide the information they need to optimize athletes’ health, game-day readiness, and performance, as well as in-game tactics.  Our solutions include wearable technology, video analytics, and athlete monitoring solutions, and we are passionate about helping sports organizations at all levels to better scout, recruit, teach, and win.


We are looking for a data-driven, research minded Research & Development Sports Scientist who is energized by our ambitious, fast-growing and transforming company. Based in Melbourne, you will be responsible for the validity and consistency of data generated from Catapult’s wearables system. As part of the Product team, you will work closely with Engineering and Sports Scientists around the company to 1) conduct QA field tests and research studies on Catapult wearables devices, receivers and related technologies, 2) inform the development and test new sport and position specific metrics and  3) validate data from 3rd party solutions that are Catapult competitors or potential partners via research partnerships and independent studies. You will be an advocate for ensuring we deliver the highest possible data quality to our customers. You will work with universities and governing bodies to enhance Catapult’s standing within the sports science research community. 


  • Develop and manage data quality process (60% of time)
    • Build and manage a process for field testing the data quality of new hardware, firmware and software releases including new sport and position specific metrics. Example testing includes new basketball, Am football ball tracking, tennis and cricket analytics and data generated from new OF Console releases and 6.5Ghz receivers 
    • Create a process for regularly validating the quality of our live data
    • Partner with Engineering on R&D of new products and features including inertial sensors on limbs and ECG HR
    • Collaborate across our Elite and Prosumer businesses to ensure data compatibility across the products
    • Work with Marketing to educate internal teams on new metrics
  • Inform data science metrics and roadmap (20% of time). Inform the data science roadmap including identifying new insights in demand by customers and working with customers to source the video, wearables data and other inputs required for conducting data science experiments
  • 3rd Party Data Validation and Research (20% of time)
    • Work with our Partnerships team to conduct due diligence of partnership and M&A opportunities focusing on data validation
    • Work with governing bodies and leagues such as FIFA to ensure we are successful in their testing processes
    • Maintain relationships within the sports science academic community to partner on research studies and white papers


  • 5+ years of experience working in sports science and/or athletic performance inclusive of internships, practical experience and conducting primary research
  • Proficient at conducting statistical analyses including manipulation of large data sets. Experience with statistical analysis and data management tools such as R, Python and SQL is preferred
  • Deep understanding of the Catapult wearables ecosystem including software and hardware
  • Knowledge of the broader sports performance technology industry including other GPS products and inertial sensor based products
  • Experience conducting academic research and established relationships in the academic community preferred
  • Highly meticulous, process-oriented mindset
  • Comfort with change and ambiguity; you enjoy creating structure and order
  • Masters degree required in Sports Science or a related field, PhD preferred

Whether you’re interested in sports or not, you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing your work is supporting some of the most successful teams and athletes on the planet! 

Research shows that while men apply for jobs when they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalised groups tend to only apply when they check every box. So if you think you have what it takes, but don't meet every single point in our job ad, please still get in touch! We would love to have a chat and see if you could be a great addition to our team. We are building the future of sports performance, our priority is to find the brightest talent that can add to our team culture, those who actively contribute and who are excited about what they do.