Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

What you'll receive

The successful PhD candidate will develop an advanced tomographic method based on ultrasound imaging to visualize volumetrically and in real-time all the key structures in the shoulder, in particular bones. The method will allow dynamic evaluations of the structures, while the joint is being moved, for precision shoulder arthroplasty. Artificial intelligence algorithms will be trained to automate the different steps of the process, including quality assurance, mapping of the tissues, segmentation and tracking of the most relevant regions of interest.

You will have the opportunity to:

  1. access and work with the most cutting-edge medical imaging technologies available
  2. work in a complete project including all research aspects, from fundamental, to application, to prototyping
  3. develop multidisciplinary skills in a fast-growing area at the intersection of hot research fields.

The stipend offered for this three year scholarship (with possible extension for six months, subject to approval by QUT) will be at the Australian Research Training Program rate of $28,597 per annum. Both domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply. Successful international students will be considered for a HDR tuition fee sponsorship if successful in receiving the scholarship.

The successful applicant will work in a team including international experts in medical imaging, artificial intelligence, orthopaedics and advanced ultrasound technology. On a day to day basis, supervision will be provided by A/Prof. Davide Fontanarosa.

The student will be based at the Faculty of Health at the Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point Campus, Brisbane.

The successful applicants are expected to commence by 31 January 2021 (or earlier, subject to negotiation).


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.

  • Meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy
  • Eligibility: Applicants must have a Class 1 Honours degree, an MPhil, a Master’s degree with a significant research component, or equivalent, in (Biomedical/Biomechanical) Engineering or (Medical) Physics
  • Desired skills: The ideal applicant has a background in medical imaging and medical image processing, with an interest in experimental and computational research. Skills in electronics, orthopaedics and/or statistics are also considered relevant. The candidate must have good scientific communication and writing skills, and a basic understanding of data analysis.

Applicants will also be assessed against the Faculty of Health admission criteria - Domestic students | International students

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, preference/priority will be given to Domestic or Resident International students but exceptional International applicants will be considered.

How to apply

Please contact Associate Professor Davide Fontanarosa via email for more details.

What happens next?

Future students

You will be invited to submit your application 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 in a timely manner.
  3. Indicate your interest in this scholarship by nominating Associate Professor Davide Fontanarosa as 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.
Current students

Associate Professor Davide Fontanarosa will provide the outcome of your scholarship application.


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

A PhD scholarship is available at Centre for Joint Biomechanics in Brisbane, as part of an Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) funded by the Australian Research Council. The centre aims 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.

The project requires a background in medical imaging, biomedical or mechanical engineering, physics, applied mathematics or a related discipline. Experience in machine learning and/or physiology are considered a valuable plus.

The PhD student will be supervised by A/Prof. D. Fontanarosa and Prof. P. Pivonka. The PhD student will be enrolled through QUT and will be a member of the Centre for Biomedical Technologies. The CBT comprises an interdisciplinary team of researchers with skills spanning imaging, physiology, motor control, biomechanics, and computational modelling.

For more information about the scholarship or application process please contact:

Associate Professor Davide Fontanarosa
School of Clinical Sciences
Gardens Point, Brisbane, 4001

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