PhD Scholarship

Computational Biomechanics.

A PhD scholarship is available for the project "Modelling of articular
cartilage for prognosis and diagnosis of arthritis" to be conducted within
a large, industry and Commonwealth funded project "The development of
confocal endoscopy methods for the diagnosis, prognosis and study of
arthritic conditions." The project, supervised by Dr Karol Miller and Dr
Brett Kirk, is based in the Department of Mechanical and Materials
Engineering, The University of Western Australia, and conducted in close
collaboration with the School of Medicine and Melbourne-based company
The annual stipend is $22,267 (tax exempt). This amount may be further
supplemented by teaching assistantship. Only Australian citizens or
permanent residents and New Zealand citizens are eligible.

We are seeking a highly motivated PhD student with a degree in Mathematics,
Engineering or Physics and strong mathematical background to work on
mathematical modelling and computer simulation of mechanical properties of
human cartilage tissue. This work, in conjunction with efforts of other
members of the team specialising in medical imaging and clinical medicine,
will lead to improved diagnostic methods for arthritis.

Articular cartilage exhibits complex and poorly understood mechanical
properties. The endoscope under development will provide means of
visualisation of normal and pathological cartilage tissue structure.
Mathematical model will aim at explaining the relationship between
microscopic features accessible through the endoscope and macroscopic,
phenomenological properties of the tissue relevant to functioning of
synovial joints.

Applications should be sent (preferably by e-mail) with:
(i) a statement of practical and academic suitability for the proposed
research topic,
(ii) a resume,
(iii) academic transcript/s,
(iv) contact information (preferable e-mail addresses) of at least two
to Dr Karol Miller, Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, The
University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley, WA 6009.
Closing date 22 June 2001.

For further details contact Dr Karol Miller
Phone (08) 9380 7323, Fax (08) 9380 1024,


Dr Karol Miller
Senior Lecturer
Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering
The University of Western Australia
35 Stirling Highway
Crawley WA 6009, AUSTRALIA
Phone: + (61) 8 93807323
Fax: + (61) 8 93801024

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