Scholarship details

Study levels

Research

Student type

Future students and Current students

Study area

Science, technology and engineering and mathematics

Application dates

Applications close
28 February 2021

What you'll receive

  • The successful applicant will receive a living allowance of $28,597 per annum for three years, indexed annually.
  • 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.

Eligibility

  • Meet QUT academic and English language entry requirements for the PhD
  • Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with first or second class division 1 Honours in biomedical or mechanical engineering, physics, or a related discipline; eligibility for admission to the PhD program at QUT (see https://www.qut.edu.au/research/study-with-us/phd) and excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English.
  • Desirable criteria: Experience in robotics, biomechanics, machine learning, biomedical science, clinical imaging, and physiology knowledge.

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

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 Saulo Martelli via on email saulo.martelli@qut.edu.au 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 Saulo Martelli 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 Saulo Martelli will provide the outcome of your scholarship 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 Title: Assessment of individual variation of passive stability of human joint
Project summary

The success of joint reconstruction surgery relies on the ability of repristinating a normal passive and active stability of the joint. However, the relationship between anatomical and laxity variation and joint stability across people is unclear, hence complicating the effective reconstruction of joint stability in every patient. This project aims at using robot-assisted testing and machine learning technologies for relating anatomy, laxity, and shoulder stability thereby contributing to the next generation of digital technologies for improving joint function, quality of life and ultimately health of Australians and worldwide.


A PhD scholarship is available at Centre for joint Biomechanics in Brisbane, Australia in studying shoulder stability. The project is 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 successful PhD candidate will develop a detailed three-dimensional finite element joint model of the shoulder that includes cartilage, key muscles and ligaments, and contact between the humerus and glenoid. The model will be used to assess the effects of soft tissue tensioning and muscle activation on joint loading and stability.

The project requires a background in biomedical or mechanical engineering, physics, applied mathematics or a related discipline. Experience in robotics, biomechanics, machine learning, biomedical science, and physiology knowledge and clinical imaging are highly desirable.

The PhD student will be supervised by A/Prof. S. Martelli and Prof. P. Pivonka. The PhD student will be enrolled through QUT and will be a member of the Centre for Biomedical Technologies (CBT). The CBT comprises an interdisciplinary team of researchers with skills spanning imaging, physiology, motor control, biomechanics, and computational modelling. The PhD student will collaborate with scientists from two leading Australian universities in the field, QUT and Flinders University, and a team of international collaborators spanning across the USA and EU (Discovery Project sponsored by The Australian Research Council).

The successful applicants will work closely with a team of international experts collaborating a Discovery Project sponsored by The Australian Research Council. The team includes scientists from two leading Australian universities in the field, QUT and Flinders University, and a team of international collaborators spanning across the University of Denver (USA) and the University of Sheffield (UK). On a day to day basis, supervision will be provided by A/Professor Saulo Martelli who lead an active team of postgraduate researchers and technical staff in this area.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • work with a team of national and international experts located in Australia, Europe, and the US
  • interact with orthopaedic industry, either locally or internationally
  • develop multidisciplinary skills across orthopaedics, engineering, and mathematics.

Location: The student will be based in the Science and Engineering Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, Gardens Point, Brisbane.

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

For further information, please contact:

Associate Professor Saulo Martelli
School of Mechanical, Medical and Process Engineering
Gardens Point, Brisbane, 4001
Ph: +617 3138 2958
E: saulo.martelli@qut.edu.au

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