I follow developments in High Performance Sport New Zealand with great interest, particularly now that Jacquie Tran is a Senior Insights Researcher there.
The advert has this section:
Some familiarity with (or readiness to learn) the following would be advantageous:
- Thematic analysis and natural language processing
- Relational databases (e.g., SQL)
- Programming languages for working with data (e.g., R, Python, Stata)
- Visualisation tools (e.g., Tableau, Power BI).
The job purpose notes that the insights researcher “will assist with capturing, analysing, exploring and reporting on qualitative and quantitative data”, “utilise a relational database” and “visualise data patterns and support the investigation of insights … to inform performance decision-making”.
I was delighted to read that the first line in the person specification highlights “curiosity and passion”. Candidates can have completed a tertiary degree with a research component or have experience in a research based field.
I hope they get lots of applications for these opportunities. Their availability signals are growing trend in sport and raises some very important pedagogical and experiential issues.