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PhD at Griffith University: Deep hip muscle function in femoracetabular impingement

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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

    The research project
    The 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 capable of estimating forces from 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 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 human movement science or kinesiology,
    mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, or related degrees. 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 elastorgraphic) 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

    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 fist send via email, to Dr Laura Diamond
    (, Dr Claudio Pizzolato (, Dr David John
    Saxby (, Prof Rod Barrett (, and Prof David
    Lloyd ( 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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