3x PhD Students in In-silico Simulation of Upper Extremity Biomechanics

ARC ITTC for Joint Biomechanics

Posted on: 12/02/2021 - Full Time

Application dates

Applications close: 15 May 2021

What you’ll receive

  • The successful applicant will receive a living allowance of $34,000 per annum for three years.
  • The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs.
  • Both domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply.
  • A successful international student will be considered for an HDR tuition fee sponsorship, if successful in receiving the scholarship.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, preference/priority will be given to domestic or resident international students but exceptional international applicants will be considered.

Eligibility

Essential criteria: an undergraduate degree with first or second class division 1 Honours in biomechanics, mechanical engineering biomedical engineering, or a related discipline; eligibility for admission to the PhD program at the Queensland University of Technology; knowledge of 3D computational simulations of musculoskeletal tissues and analysis; excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English, including meeting the QUT English language requirements (no exceptions can be made to the latter).

Desirable criteria: experience in FEA software; biomechanics, and OPENSIM MSK simulation software.

The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the Doctor of Philosophy course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre.

Applicants will be assessed against the Science and Engineering Faculty’s admission criteria: Domestic Students | International Students

How to apply

Contact Professor Peter Pivonka via email peter.pivonka@qut.edu.au for more details.

Please send your application, with your curriculum vitae to Professor Pivonka. Applications will be accepted until the scholarship is awarded, but applications will be assessed starting January 20th, 2021.

What happens next?

Applications will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the Doctor of Philosophy course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre and processed via QUT’s Application Portal:

  1. Follow the how-to apply steps, outlined in QUT’s how to apply website.
  2. You must submit your Expression of Interest (EOI) in a timely manner
  3. Indicate your interest in this scholarship by nominating Professor Peter Pivonka as a principal supervisor and include the name of this scholarship in the financial details section.
  4. If your EOI is accepted you will be invited to submit a full application including a research proposal to finalise your application.

Conditions

The conditions for retaining the scholarship are set out in the rules of the QUT Postgraduate Research Award (Domestic) or QUT Postgraduate Research Award (International).

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, preference/priority will be given to domestic or resident international students but exceptional international applicants will be considered.

About the scholarship

Up to three PhD scholarships are available at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia in assessment of the biomechanical function of the shoulder during upper limb movements. The aim is to advance personalised surgical treatment of joints by integrating computer tools for pre-surgical planning and decision making, computer simulation systems and robot simulators for surgical training. Developing in-silico planning tools for surgical interventions and assessment of successful rehabilitation strategies requires development of subject-specific model of the shoulder including musculoskeletal (MSK) models and finite element (FE) models of the shoulder. The successful PhD candidate will develop state-of-the-art simulation tools of shoulder biomechanics addressing various aspect of upper limb research. As part of an Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) for Joint Biomechanics funded by the Australian Research Council at Queensland University of Technology, the project will be conducted in collaboration with the University of Queensland (UQ), the University of New South Wales and different ITTC industry partners.

The PhD student will be supervised by the QUT ITTC leadership team under the guidance of Professor YT Gu and Peter Pivonka. The PhD student will be in the ITTC allocated HDR workspace at Gardens Point Campus. The student will collaborate with other students and researchers at Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, and Neuroscience Research Australia. The student will also work closely with Orthopaedic surgeons at Greenslopes Hospital.