Scholarship details

Study levels

Research

Student type

Future students

Study area

Engineering, Health and community, Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

Citizenship

Australian or New Zealand and International

Application dates

Applications close
1 December 2021

What you'll receive

  • A living allowance of $33,413 per annum (indexed rate) for three years.
  • The scholarship is for full-time study and can be used to support living costs.
  • A six-month extension to the scholarship is also possible, subject to approval by QUT.
  • A successful international student will be considered for a 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

  • Meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy or Professional Doctorate
  • Undergraduate degree in biomechanics, mechanical engineering, or related discipline
  • First-class honours (H1) or equivalent.
  • Both domestic and international applicants are welcome to apply.

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 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)
  • project 2 requires a background in biomechanics, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, or a related discipline. Experience in 3D computational modeling using FEA modeling approaches is highly desirable.

Desirable criteria:

  • experience in FEA software
  • biomechanics
  • 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 StudentsInternational 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 01 October 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 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

Project 1: Role of bone remodeling and stress shielding in shoulder biomechanics – application to implant loosening.

A PhD scholarship is available at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia on understanding the role of bone remodeling and stress shielding in shoulder biomechanics with a focus to better understand causes of implant loosening and bone resorption in the shoulder joint.

Project 2: Development of a musculoskeletal modeling framework for assessment of the effects of implant position and soft-tissue balance on joint reaction forces in the shoulder.

Two PhD scholarships are available at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia on understanding the role of bone remodeling and stress shielding in shoulder biomechanics with a focus to better understand causes of implant loosening and bone resorption in the shoulder joint.

The project is part of an Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) for Joint Biomechanics funded by the Australian Research Council and led by researchers at Queensland University of Technology.

The ITTC is a collaboration between Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland (UQ) and University of New South Wales (UNSW) and our researchers and students engage with industry partners in the medical device and technology sector.

The overall aim of the centre is to advance personalised surgical treatment of joints by integrating computer tools for pre-surgical planning and decision making, computer simulation systems, robotic technologies and targeted rehabilitation.

Supervision

You will be supervised by the QUT ITTC leadership team under guidance of Professor YT Gu and Peter Pivonka.

You will be located in the Centre’s workspace with the Science & Engineering Centre at Gardens Point Campus, and will collaborate with other students and researchers at Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland and Neuroscience Research Australia.

You will also work closely with orthopaedic surgeons at Greenslopes Private Hospital and Brisbane Private Hospital.

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