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    PhD Scholarship: Investigating the physiological and psychophysiological responses to assisted movement during load carriage

    The Program in Assistive Technology Innovation (PATI), formed as a joint collaboration between Victoria University, Defence Science Technology (DST) Group and The University of Melbourne, are pleased to announce a PhD scholarship commencing by 31 August 2017 investigating physiological and psychophysiological responses to assisted locomotion during load carriage.

    The Project

    The current program of research aims to assist in the design and development of assistive devices for reducing the load carrying burden in Australian Infantry soldiers. This will be achieved by investigating the biomechanical and physiological responses to load carriage. An area of specific interest under this programme involves understanding the physiological and psychophysiological responses to assisted movement during load carriage. The successful applicant will be supervised by a collaborative team from VU and DST, led by Professor Rezaul Begg.


    The PhD scholarship is for three years and is valued at $26,735 p.a. and includes an exemption from the payment of tuition fees. The Scholarship is supported by an initiative from Victoria University's Institute of Sport Exercise and Active Living (ISEAL) and will provide the successful applicant with access to world class research facilities at Victoria University's ISEAL and DST group. Applicants must be able to enrol and commence their degree by 31 August 2017.

    Applicants must be Australian citizens and have first class honours (H1) or equivalent in one or more degrees that meets the admission requirement for a PhD at Victoria University. Academic qualifications should be in the area of exercise physiology. Experience in physiological testing methodologies is essential.

    Applicants will preferably also have publications or demonstrated intention to publish peer-reviewed research and have experience in the testing and analysis of electromyography (EMG) data.

    Your application must include (submitted as a single document in Word or PDF):

    • [*=left]1-2 page cover letter detailing your suitability for the scholarship
      [*=left]Full CV
      [*=left]Academic transcripts

    Application closing date

    Applications close at 5:00pm AEST Monday 31 July 2017 and must be submitted to and short-listed applicants will be contacted for interview.

    For further information on this scholarship, please contact:

    Professor Rezaul Begg
    Professor David Bishop
    Dr Kurt Mudie
    Dr Daniel Billing