Job Posting: Washington Nationals – Biomechanist
The Washington Nationals are looking for someone with wide-ranging expertise in applied biomechanics to join our team and enhance our Player Development and Performance Science processes. This individual will play a leading role in helping various stakeholders such as on-field coaches, Strength and Conditioning staff, the Sports Medicine department, as well as Baseball Operations and R&D staff, leverage biomechanical data to optimize player performance and health.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Collect, analyze, maintain, and communicate Performance Science data from a variety of data sources (on and off-field) in a digestible, applicable manner
- Build infrastructure necessary for the efficient dissemination of findings from biomechanics analysis or other Performance Science initiatives to players and staff
- Stay informed on latest academic research and technology pertaining to baseball Performance Science
- Ensure that player performance decisions incorporate insights supported by existing Performance Science research
- Collaborate with staff in Strength and Conditioning, Sports Medicine, R&D, Scouting, Hitting, and Pitching to develop pathways for implementing biomechanics data and research into their respective processes
- Develop educational materials or programming to help introduce or teach biomechanics concepts to staff throughout the organization in an intelligible manner
- Validate Performance Science equipment and establish corresponding data collection protocols
- Execute internal research projects to deliver insights capable of maximizing player performance or wellness
- Integrate Performance Science data with on-field performance data to improve individual player development plans or existing player evaluation models
- Lead the process of designing, evaluating, and rolling out novel Performance Science initiatives
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
- A graduate-level degree in biomechanics or a related field (Kinesiology, Biomedical Engineering, Motor Control, etc.) or demonstrated experience collecting, interpreting, modeling, and applying biomechanics data
- Demonstrated experience with biomechanics or Performance Science research and data collection processes, including proficiency with markered and/or markerless motion capture, force plates, IMUs, computer vision, and/or EMG systems
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities necessary to perform essential functions
- Strong ability to teach, explain, and effectively communicate biomechanics or Performance Science concepts/findings to stakeholders of different backgrounds
- Previous research and/or applied experience working alongside athletes/coaches in elite sport is strongly preferred
- Previous experience applying biomechanics specifically to the context of baseball is strongly preferred
- Proficiency with R, Python, or another similar programming language is strongly preferred
- High proficiency with the scientific method, including research question design and hypothesis testing is desired
- Spanish fluency is a plus
- Experience with markerless baseball biomechanics systems such as Hawk-Eye or KinaTrax is a plus
- Excellent attention to detail, critical thinking skills, and creativity
- Ability to work unconventional or long hours, including nights, holidays, and weekends
- Must be able to lift and transport up to 50 lb.
- Must be able to access all areas of facility and spend prolonged periods of time in those areas.
All applicants for employment at the Washington Nationals are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to commencing employment. Applicants who receive a conditional offer of employment will be required to produce proof of vaccination status prior to their first day of employment. Applicants with qualifying disabilities or bona fide religious objections may be exempted from this requirement or otherwise accommodated if they are unable to be vaccinated.
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