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BackgroundGold Coast Orthopaedic Research and Education Alliance (GCORE), Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
The Gold Coast Orthopaedic Research and Education Alliance (GCORE), formally known as the Centre for Musculoskeletal Research, is situated within the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University. The main research areas of GCORE are neuromusculoskeletal engineering and orthopaedics, with focus on the development and use of disruptive technologies to enable personalised management of chronic and acute health conditions. We are looking for qualified and motivated individuals for PhD scholarship positions.
The projectThe purpose of this project is to investigate deep hip muscle function in a population with femoroacetabular impingement. These muscles are perceived to have an important role in hip joint stabilisation and early evidence suggests their function is altered in this patient population. Importantly, this hip pathology, common to young active adults, is a proposed risk factor for the development of hip osteoarthritis. We plan to combine muscle recordings from intramuscular electrodes and medical imaging to create subject specific rigid-body neuromusculoskeketal models able to estimate forces of all muscles crossing the hip joint (see CEINMS). We aim to establish the contribution of altered muscle coordination to functional deficits and symptoms, and structural deterioration in an investigation of individuals with femoroacetabular impingement.
PhD candidate profileA successful candidate is expected to hold a bachelorís degree with first-class honours or second-class honours (Division A) or a masterís degree which qualifies as honours equivalent. These degrees should incorporate a significant research component in either of human movement science or kinesiology, physiotherapy, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, or related degrees. Furthermore, the thesis component of these degrees must be graded, and the thesis must compose ≥33% of the overall degree credit points.
Essential skills include competency with seated dynamometry and basic knowledge of electromyographic signal processing. Desirable skills include a foundation in MATLAB (Python and C++ if possible), experience with ultrasound imaging (i.e. structural or elastography) of muscle-tendon units, and experience with processing medical imaging (i.e. MRI).
PhD scholarship
If successful in securing either an Australian or Griffith funded scholarship, the award will provide living allowances and tuition fees for international students for 3-3.5 years. Similarly, there are scholarships and awards available to domestic students. Please note we are willing to consider applications from individuals who have secured research funding from sources other than the Australian government or Griffith University. However, the funding may not be sufficient to support a full 3-4 year PhD project, and as such externally funded PhDs will be scrutinized closely.
More information regarding scholarships funded by Griffith University (see GUIPRS and GUPRS):
https://www.griffith.edu.au/griffith-graduate-research-school/research-scholarships.

Research setting and facilitiesSituated on the beautiful Gold Coast Campus of Griffith University, our exceptional research facilities include:


A state-of-the-art motion capture laboratory, which include the following equipment: 12-Camera Vicon MX systems, 4 AMTI force plates, 1 Bertec split belt instrumented treadmill, 16-channel Zero Wire EMG system, 16-channel wireless Noraxon EMG system, 16-channel wireless Noraxon IMU system, 1 Noraxon capacitive treadmill, and Medilogic pressure insoles.
Imaging laboratories (pQCT, DEXA, 3D and acoustoelastography ultrasound systems).
Sport training equipment (Nordbord and GroinBar)
Motion capture and medical image processing software (Matlab, Mimics, OpenSim, Vicon Nexus, Noraxon MR3, CMISS).
High-performance computer clusters.
Cell and molecular biology laboratories with imaging and mechanical testing facilities.


We are a large research group, including senior professorial staff, post-doctoral research fellows, and PhD students. Our approach is to work collaboratively, and with strong focus on research excellence.

DisclaimerPlease note that the University reserves the right to appoint by invitation and to leave positions vacant.

How to applyIf you are interested, please fist send via email, to Dr Laura Diamond (l.diamond@griffith.edu.au), Dr Claudio Pizzolato (c.pizzolato@griffith.edu.au) and Dr David John Saxby (d.saxby@griffith.edu.au), the items listed below.
1) A brief (1-page maximum) covering letter, describing your background, interests, and why you would be a good candidate for the listed research project.
2) Your CV. Clearly outline any peer-reviewed publications.
3) Academic transcripts (do not need to notarized versions). These must include detailed breakdown of research degrees (i.e. grades, but also credit points for thesis, and overall credit points).
4) Evidence of English language competency (e.g., IELTS, overall >=7, no band <6), if applying from a non-English speaking non-Commonwealth nation.
Applicants will be thoroughly evaluated for merit and suitability. Successful applicants will be notified promptly, after which they will be required to apply directly to Griffith University. Prospective candidates are strongly advised to review the Griffith University application process at https://www.griffith.edu.au/research-study#apply. Particular attention should be paid to the documentation required and the standards for excellence. International students are advised to review the requirements for Australian Visa applications.