Scholarship details

Study levels


Student type

Future students

Study area

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

Application dates

Applications close
25 February 2022

What you'll receive

  • The successful applicant will receive a living allowance of AU$33,413 pa 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.
  • Successful international students 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 who can commence studies in early 2022. Exceptional International applicants will be considered and are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.


You must:

You must have:

  • an undergraduate degree in movement science, biomechanics, physiotherapy, biomedical engineering, or a related discipline.
  • first or second-class honours (H1) or equivalent.
  • knowledge of 3D motion analysis, programming in Matlab,  and wearable/IMU motion recording technologies.
  • excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English.

It is desirable that you have experience in:

  • rehabilitation science, biomechanics and muscle physiology
  • working with clinicians and/or medical device industry.

The provision of a scholarship is conditional on successful application and admission to the IF49 Doctor of Philosophy course. Eligibility for admission to a research degree is determined by the Graduate Research Centre.

How to apply

Please contact Professor Graham Kerr via email  for more details.

What happens next?

Applications close 25 February 2022.

Successful applicants will be invited to apply via our QUT Application Portal:

  1. Follow the steps outlined at our How to apply webpage
  2. You must submit your expression of interest.
  3. Apply for the scholarship in your EOI by:
  • nominating Professor Graham Kerr as your principal supervisor; and
  • in the financial details section, enter the details of this scholarship at question 2.
  • 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).

    About the scholarship

    The Industrial Transformation and Training Centre in Joint Biomechanics, funded by the Australian Research Council, is offering a three-year PhD Fellowship starting in early 2022. The fellowship is offered in the area of wearable sensor devices for assessing function of the shoulder and upper limb. These wearable devices are being developed for use in rehabilitation and for future digital health technologies to enable remote patient centred health care. The project will be conducted together with the Centre’s industry partner Zimmer Biomet, who have developed the MyMobility platform.

    The overall aims of this project are to:

    1. Evaluate current wrist based wearable sensor technologies for the assessment of shoulder and upper limb function.
    2. Develop and validate the use of inertial measurement units (IMU) to assess function of the shoulder and upper limb.
    3. Develop a comprehensive database of clinical and functional movements utilising both IMU and 3D motion capture systems.
    4. Work with industry partner(s) in the utilisation of IMUs to develop cloud based analytical systems for analysing functional movements in everyday activities.

    The project requires:

    • a background in movement science,
    • biomechanics,
    • biomedical engineering,
    • or a related discipline.

    It is desirable that you have experience in:

    • 3D motion analysis,
    • IMU technologies, and
    • Matlab.

    The PhD student will be supervised by Professor Graham Kerr, Prof Peter Pivonka and Dr Wolbert van den Hoorn with input from a multidisciplinary team with skills spanning imaging, neurophysiology, physiology, motor control, biomechanics, and computational modelling. The student will collaborate with other students and researchers at Queensland University of Technology, The University of Queensland and Neuroscience Research Australia. The student will also work closely with orthopaedic surgeons at Brisbane Private and Greenslopes Hospitals.

    For further information, please contact:

    Professor Graham Kerr via email.

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