Basketball SA & UniSA High Performance Scholarship

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This exciting opportunity will be focused around high performance athlete development, training and talent identification.

The project has the potential to explore the inter-relationship between injuries, movement skills, and training/player load as they relate to junior/youth developing and high-level basketball performance players across a season. The project is expected to help with methods to identify injury risk and improve performance for future talent.

The project is expected to have a direct educational benefit to Basketball SA members and clubs, informing best practice and sharing knowledge on environments, training and development.

The position would be suitable for a well-qualified human movement/sports science graduate, although candidates from diverse disciplines are encouraged to apply. The position would also be suitable to a candidate with previous experience in dealing with elite athletes as some supervision and exercise prescription and delivery may be required.

Exercise and Sports Science at UniSA

The University of South Australia has well-above world class research in Human Movement and Sport Science, and Nutrition and Dietetics*

The Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) is a research concentration within the University of South Australia. ARENA investigates the role of exercise, nutrition and other lifestyle activities for improving clinical and health outcomes, as well as physical, psychological and sports performance, in populations ranging from children to elite athletes and people with chronic disease.

ARENA contributed substantially to the University of South Australia achieving the highest possible ranking for research performance in Nutrition and Dietetics research, and Human Movement and Sports Science research, in the most recent Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation by the Australian Research Council.

*2018 Excellence in Research for Australia. (ERA)

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Basketball SA Partnership

The University of South Australia and Basketball SA formed a partnership in February 2015 with two key elements; the UniSA and Basketball SA High Performance PhD Scholarship and a shared access agreement providing high performance athletes access to facilities and services that are usually reserved for those in professional sports.

As part of the partnership, South Australian basketballers in the National Intensive Training Program (NITP) have access to UniSA Magill campus’ facilities, including an indoor stadium and new specialist gymnasium as well as a full range of professional sports science services to deliver holistic development of young athletes in the high-performance pathway. This access also provides an opportunity for UniSA students to be directly involved in assisting the program, gaining invaluable experience interacting with male and female athletes in a high performance environment.‚Äč

Key information and dates

  • The University of South Australia Basketball SA Scholarship is valued at $30k per annum for a period of 1.5 years for a Masters by Research student or 3 years for a PhD student.
  • Essential requirements:
    • The successful candidate will be eligible to apply for a Masters by Research or PhD at the University of South Australia, including a relevant Undergraduate degree with a minimum Credit average. To check whether you are eligible for a Masters by Research or PhD please see here.
    • The successful applicant will have a background in Human Movement/Sport Sciences or similar.
    • Experience working with elite and semi-elite athletes or youth would be an advantage.
    • This scholarship is available to Australian and New Zealand citizens and permanent residents of Australia.
  • Applications open now for domestic applicants only. For further details on how to apply, please contact Deb Williams via the details below.
  • Closing date: 2 March 2020


Deb Williams, School of Health Sciences

T: +61 8 8302 2887 

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Dr Robert Crowther

Dr Robert Crowther’s research spans physical fitness, clinical exercise physiology, skill acquisition and biomechanics, with a special interest in basketball sport science. Robert has worked with elite basketball players and teams competing at the national and international levels.

Currently supervising three Masters and two Honours students, Robert is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Sciences and member of the Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA) at UniSA. Contact Robert Crowther

Additionally, there are two co-supervisors, Grant Van Der Ploeg and Pitre Bourdon, and an external supervisor, Dr Tim Gabbett