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PhD at Griffith University: Finite element modelling of diseased knees

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    PhD research scholarship

    Gold 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 research project

    The research project involves the development and deployment of a computational framework for continuum modelling of the knee joint in three clinical conditions. The clinical conditions are anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, osteoarthritis, and anterior partial meniscectomy, and the associated data have already been collected. These data include 3-dimensional motion capture of walking and other motion trials, with concurrent recordings of ground reaction forces and electromyograms of the major lower-limb muscles. Medical imaging of the knee joints exist in the form of x-ray and MRI. The major milestones for this project would be to first create, using existing computational workflows (Musculoskeletal Atlas Project), consistent rigid-body and continuum models of the musculoskeletal anatomy of each participant. Second, to compute boundary conditions using our rigid-body neuromusculoskeketal modelling technology (see CEINMS). Third, to apply these boundary conditions to the continuum models of the knee’s articular tissues. The major challenge of this work is to develop a framework for large data through-put and to interpret the results of these simulations for the different clinical conditions.

    PhD candidate profile

    A successful candidate is expected to hold a bachelor’s degree with first-class honours or second-class honours (Division A) or a master’s degree. These degrees should incorporate a significant research component in either of mechanical engineering, mechatronic engineering, electrical engineer, biomedical engineering, computer sciences, biomechanics, or related degrees. Essential skills include strong knowledge in rigid-multibody and continuum dynamics, and excellent skills in Python and MATLAB (and C++ if possible) programming languages. Evidence of competent work with finite element modelling software (e.g., FEBio, Comsol, ABAQUS, etc.) is required.
    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):

    Research setting and facilities
    Situated 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).
    · 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, but with a keen focus on research excellence.


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

    How to apply

    If you are interested, please first send via email, to Prof David Lloyd (, Dr David John Saxby (, Dr Claudio Pizzolato (, and Dr Michelle Hall ( 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.
    3) Academic transcripts (do not need to notarized versions).
    4) Evidence of English language competency (e.g., IELTS, overall >=7, no band <6).

    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 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.
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