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Washington Spirit

Washington Spirit

Research Scientist (Performance Nutritionist/Dietician)


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Posting Date

Aug 26, 2023

Role description

We're hiring a Research Scientist (Performance Nutritionist/Dietician) for Female Health and Performance Innovation. This person will report to the Director of Female Health and Performance Innovation to execute and assist on the delivery of female performance and health nutrition content across the program. They will also play a key role in guiding research innovation that will form a fundamental part of the program. The role will involve extensive collaboration and communication across multiple stakeholders and multidisciplinary team members. The Research Scientist (Female Physiology) will:    Lead on the development of optimal female health and performance nutrition support.  Support, innovate and work collaboratively with the FHAPI team to continually evolve understanding to best support female athletes Collaborate to define research questions, research design and management of data collection. Provide hands on support for the execution of research and data collection. Lead on the critical review of literature around health and performance nutrition on an ongoing basis and work with the FHAPI team to translate this to educational content where appropriate to the lay community. Our ideal candidate has: ●        A minimum of an MSc in Dietetics/Sports Nutrition/Physiology, or a related subject. ●        A PhD in Nutrition/Exercise/Sports Science/Physiology or a related-field is preferred. ●        Minimum of five (5) years of experience in the field of Sports Nutrition/Performance/Physiology (research and/or applied). ●        Experience of working with female athletes, and an understanding of female physiology. ●        Evidence of research experience. ●        Have a passion for innovation and the growth of women’s sport and are excited about the potential of using cutting edge science to help thousands of female athletes. ●        Enthusiastic and energetic team player, with experience of working as part of a Multidisciplinary team. ●        Good self-awareness, communication, and interpersonal skills. ●        A strong work ethic and friendly demeanor, able to work in a fast paced environment. ●        Possess exceptional organizational skills with a strong attention to detail and ability to prioritize/multi-task. ●        Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of media with diverse audiences Required: Ability to work non-traditional hours, including scheduled games that can/will be weekends, evenings and perhaps Holidays.Ability to pass a pre-employment background check. We know there are great candidates who might not check all these boxes or who possess important skills we haven’t thought of. If that’s you, we encourage you to apply.ABOUT THE WASHINGTON SPIRIT The Washington Spirit is the professional women’s soccer team proudly representing the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Launched in 2012, we are a founding team in the National Women’s Soccer League (“NWSL”). Owned by Michele Kang, our vision is to:   1.       Become the most preeminent sports organization in the world;2.       Have a high-performance culture of winning on and off the pitch;3.       Train women as women; and 4.       Motivate and inspire the next generation of girls and women.  We offer a competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits package, including health and wellness benefits, retirement plans, unlimited vacation time off, as well as flexible work schedules, hybrid work, and opportunities for career development. We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital or veteran status, or any other protected class.

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