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Human knee mechanics, PhD position, Flinders University, Australia

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  • Human knee mechanics, PhD position, Flinders University, Australia

    The research project
    This project will contribute to the generation of the Virtual Human Knee, a project funded by the Australian Research Council (DP180103146) for advancing knowledge of knee mechanics and creating a tool for improving current prevention methods for knee injury and reconstruction surgery. Specifically, the project aims advance knowledge of knee mechanics in healthy adult people using a highly multidisciplinary approach combining elements of experimental mechanics, imaging, and modelling and motion analysis. The PhD student will join an international research team composed by national (Flinders University and the University of Adelaide) and international partners (University of Sheffield, UK, and the University of Denver, USA).
    PhD candidate profile
    The successful candidate will hold a first- or second-class honours bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree highly awarded in either mechanical engineering, biomechanics, or related degrees. The degree will incorporate >30% of the credits attributed to the research component.
    Essential skills include strong knowledge in rigid-multibody dynamics and continuum mechanics and statistical methods, experimental testing and/or numerical modelling. Desired skills include programming (Matlab/C++), magnetic resonance and/or computed-tomography imaging, and basic knowledge of knee anatomy, knee and exercise physiology.
    PhD scholarship
    The PhD scholarship, funded by Flinders University, will provide living allowances and tuition fees for students, either Australian or international students, in line with standard Australian rates for Research Higher Degree scholarships. For more information visit
    Research setting and facilities
    Situated on the beautiful and brand new Tonsley campus (, our exceptional research facilities include:
    · The Biomechanics and Implant Laboratory is a new PC2 facility with ~250 square meters of laboratory space. The laboratory includes: a -20 degrees Celsius walk in freezer for storing specimen; a large specimen preparation area; fume cupboards for preparing and handling chemicals; a large, open plan teaching area; a dedicated biomechanical testing area with a hexapod robot which is capable of producing either single-axis or multi-axis displacements/rotations to any material, biological joint, implant or surgical device.
    · The newly equipped Rehabilitation and Motion Analysis Laboratory incorporates a 10 camera Vicon system (Vicon Bonita 10, 1MP Optical Camera, 250 fps) for motion capture and analysis, 4 AMTI force plates (AMTI OR6-7-1K-SYS Force Platforms) and a 16-channel combined wireless EMG and tri-axial accelerometer system (Trigno Wireless EMG, Delsys Inc., Natick, USA). The Laboratory also includes a custom-made adjustable instrumented staircase for motion capture experiments including stair ascent and descent activities.
    · An HPC system ‘Colossus’ (768 cores and 4TB memory) and access to the eresearch HPC system (48 SGI compute nodes connected by a high-speed QDR Infiniband network, 48 cores per node, 2.7GB memory per core, 2304 cores, 24 TFLOPS,
    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 Saulo Martelli (
    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).
    Shortlisted applicants will be notified by January 31st, 2018, for further assessment.