Driveline Baseball R&D Intern (Paid) Application - Pitching Analyst
Location: Kent, WA
No additional benefits.
Start Date: IMMEDIATE. Early-to-Mid January 2020 is best.
End Date: Approximately July 1st, 2020, but exceptional applicants may be offered an extension
(End date may be flexible but is a minimum of three months.)
Candidates will be expected to work 40+ hours per week.
This is NOT a remote position. It is located in Kent, WA. No financial relocation assistance is offered, though we will put you in contact with a number of affordable short-term housing options upon accepting the role, if offered.
*** APPLICATIONS DUE BY 1/15/2020 ***
This role differs from our main R&D internship because after being trained in the R&D department, you will be placed directly on the pitching floor, reporting to a manager inside the pitching department. You will help design and implement studies by our R&D department and pitching coaches, and be primarily responsible for ensuring that data collection, analysis, and reporting stays on a tight timeline as laid out by your manager. Needless to say, this job is well-suited for self-starters and initiative takers.
You will learn more about baseball development and sports science in 3 months than in the last 3 years.
Your training will cover the following tasks:
-Preparing athletes for biomechanical assessments via retroreflective marker placement and force plate analysis.
-Running assessment reports in our internal tools software and in industry-standard software like Visual3d, Motive:Body, and OpenSIM.
-Collecting and cleaning data for existing and new research projects.
-Filming athletes using our Edgertronic high-speed cameras, editing the videos, and organizing them for easy access by the coaches, athletes, and research team.
-Writing blog posts and creating social media content to document findings.
R&D interns at Driveline Baseball spend their entire week working on internal projects that push the limits of knowledge in the baseball training space. You will be given unparalleled access to technology that few labs in the world have access to, and you will be tasked with an independent project that will eventually be published in a peer-reviewed journal with your name attached and proper credit given (all publication fees are paid for by Driveline Baseball).
You'll get all of that, AND you'll be responsible for being in the weeds of the training floor far more than most of our R&D interns.
You will be given a laptop and standing desk to work at inside the research lab, on the floor, with our athletes. This isn't a front office "hidden" position where you crank out data and no one is counting on you - you will be interfacing daily with professional and collegiate athletes.
This is an opportunity to advance your career and knowledge base while being paid.
A GREAT CANDIDATE DEMONSTRATES
-Quantitative skill and experience in major statistical packages, like R-Studio.
-Previous experience with some form of biomechanical analysis software package.
-Open source project work on GitHub or openly published preprints/blogs to review. We want to know that you have contributed in some way on your own - this internship is very self-driven and is not micromanaged. We need independent thinkers, workers, and doers who take initiative.
-Previous experience in coaching or playing baseball. Knowledge of the game within the game results in faster on-ramping at Driveline Baseball.
-Excellent verbal communication skills. Deliver the right message at the right time.
-Excellent "feel". That mix of empathy, common sense and likability that makes people trust you.
-A mindset for growth and learning. What do you want to be better at?
-Proactively creates solutions to problems. You can't help but do a little weekend side-project to solve that issue that's been bugging you.
WHAT IS NOT REQUIRED
-Any form of college education. We care about what you've done and what you're passionate about independently. Not what class load you've taken.
-Familiarity with Driveline's mission, previous research, and blog posts.
-Passion for getting it right. "Smart people know how hard it is to know something."
-Ability to work independently.
-Must be able to stand for 4+ hours straight.
-Must be able to lift 50+ pounds.
END OF INTERNSHIP
Candidates will be evaluated on an individual basis for full-time roles or internship extensions.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
Driveline is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, creed, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected under local, state, or federal laws. For employees and applicants for employment who have disabilities, Driveline provides reasonable accommodation.
Remember, this position is NOT remote. It is located in Kent, WA, just outside Seattle.
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Why do you want to work at Driveline Baseball?
How can you specifically help the Pitching department?
What has been your biggest academic, professional, or analytical failure and what did you learn from it?
Name some independent projects and/or research initiatives you've worked on and why you are proud of them.
Links to GitHub, Bitbucket, blogs, tweets, media, etc are welcome and encouraged.
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