Applied Health and Performance Science - Assistant

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Work Unit:
Intercollegiate Athletics
Applied Health and Performance Science
Full/Part Time:


Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics, a Division 1 and Big Ten Conference Institution, is seeking an Applied Performance Scientist. This position exists within the Applied Health and Performance Science Department and reports to the Assistant Athletic Director for Applied Health and Performance Science. The purpose of this position is to provide support for a number of Penn State’s 31 varsity sports by assisting in the development of student-athlete performance and well-being. Support assigned sport teams in the daily management of performance technologies, data collection, data analysis and applied research. Collaborate with the athletic department’s support staff (Sports Medicine, Strength and Conditioning, Sports Psychology and Sports Nutrition) in formulating actionable solutions to relevant performance problems. Regularly communicate and present solutions to coaching staff. Assist in the education of student-athletes regarding recovery strategies, performance optimization, and overall wellness. Coordinate research efforts and collaborate with university’s academic departments and industry partners to help develop best-practice, vet emerging technologies, and provide innovative approaches to student-athlete health and performance. Assist in managing and supervising the department’s internship program. Minimum required qualification include: Bachelor`s degree in Kinesiology, Sports Science, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics or related field; experience in a practical experience in a high-performance sport environment (e.g. NCAA Division 1, Olympic, professional sports organization). Required skills and abilities include: strong understanding of the application of various performance technologies (GPS, force platform, heart rate, etc.); data analysis skills (Excel, R, Python, etc.); excellent verbal and written communication skills; experience reporting performance data back to sport coaches and providing actionable insights; ability to function as a member of team. Preferred qualifications: Relevant accreditation (NSCA, CSCCa, UKSCA, ASCA, etc.); background in applied or academic research.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088