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04-08-2010, 03:43 PM
Two PhD Positions in Biomechanics - Melbourne, Australia

Two funded PhD positions are available to commence immediately in the
Biomechanics Laboratory, Department of Mechanical Engineering, The
University of Melbourne, and the Musculoskeletal Research Centre,
Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University. The project is funded
by the Australian Research Council under an Industry Linkage grant.
The purpose of the project will be to investigate muscle and joint
function at the knee during walking in patients fitted with total knee

PhD positions are available to local students and include a stipend
for 3 years duration in the first instance. International students are
eligible for the stipend, but will need to obtain a University
scholarship, or other funding sources, to pay the course fees (see the
relevant University website for details).

PhD position 1:

This student will be enrolled in the Department of Mechanical
Engineering at the University of Melbourne, and will work closely with
other graduate students and postdoctoral fellows based in the
Biomechanics Laboratory. You will use MRI, CT, and x-ray fluoroscopy
to develop patient-specific finite element models of the knee joint.
The successful candidate is expected to have familiarity with finite
element software e.g., ABAQUS and ANSYS, and skills in programming,
including Matlab, C, and related software. For more information,
visit: http://www.mech.unimelb.edu.au/research

PhD position 2:

This student will be enrolled in the Musculoskeletal Research Centre
at La Trobe University, and will be involved in patient data
collection at the University of Melbourne, including motion capture
and x-ray fluoroscopy. The successful candidate will be involved in
building musculoskeletal models to investigate muscle and joint
function during walking. For more information, visit:

Both candidates are expected to have:

(i) Knowledge of musculoskeletal and/or movement
biomechanics of humans or other animals (preferably at Masters level)

(ii) Skills in producing high quality written material

(iii) Ability to work in an interdisciplinary team
alongside engineers, physiotherapists and orthopaedic surgeons

Please contact Dr. David Ackland with your CV and relevant academic
grades (e.g., a university transcript).

David C. Ackland, Ph.D.

Department of Mechanical Engineering

University of Melbourne

Parkville, Victoria 3010, AUSTRALIA

Phone: +613 8344 7729

Fax: +613 9347 8784

Email: dackland@unimelb.edu.au