PhD position(s) available in neuromusculoskeletal modeling and 3D printing
Gold Coast Centre for Orthopaedic Research, Engineering and Education (GCORE)
Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Predictive modeling and 3D printed surgical guides for paediatric lower limb deformities


The research project
In collaboration with researchers in GCORE and clinicians in the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital the successful PhD applicant will develop virtual predictive post-operative neuromusculoskeletal models that will inform surgery for children with lower limb bony deformities. The project has been funded by Advance Queensland in partnership with Children’s Health Queensland and will utilize the additive manufacturing capabilities available at Griffith’s Advanced Design and Prototyping Technologies (ADaPT) institute. The project involves collaboration with industrial designers, mechanical and biomedical engineers, biomedical scientists, orthopaedic device companies and orthopaedic surgeons. The project has scope for PhD student(s) to focus on predictive modeling, statistical shape modeling and 3D printing design development of patient specific surgical cutting guides.

Research setting and facilities
- A state-of-the-art motion capture laboratories, 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, medical image processing, computational modelling and mechanical design software, including Matlab, Materialise Innovation Suite (Mimics, 3Matic) OpenSim, Vicon Nexus, Noraxon MR3, CMISS, ANSYS, and Solidworks.
- High-performance computer clusters and medical image processing workstations.
- Cell and molecular biology laboratories with imaging and mechanical testing facilities, including 6DOF robotic test machine.
- 3D Printing including multi-polymer (including polyamide, polyether block amide, medical grade PCL and PLA), multi-metal (including titanium, stainless steel, cobalt-chrome) and biologics.

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.

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

Duration and Value
The scholarships provide a tax-exempt living allowance at the rate of $29,682 (indexed) for three years contingent on satisfactory progress. The scholarship is paid as a fortnightly stipend. A six-month extension may be granted to doctoral candidates in certain circumstances.

Eligibility Criteria
Applicants for a HDR scholarship must meet the eligibility requirements (including English Language Proficiency requirements) of the HDR program to which they have applied or are currently enrolled. Applicants will also be required to meet additional prescribed eligibility requirements (as set out in the specific conditions of award for each scholarship scheme) to be considered for selection for a specific scholarship.

The GCORE scholarship is available to both domestic and international applicants. Where an international candidate is offered a GCORE scholarship, a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship will be considered.

To be eligible for candidature consideration, applicants:
Must first be assessed for admission to a Griffith University HDR program in accordance with the Higher Degree Research Policy;

To be eligible for scholarship consideration, applicants:
- be enrolled through the Griffith Health Group;
- must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelor degree with honours equivalent to first class in the area of human movement science or kinesiology, physiotherapy, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, or related degrees;
- must not be receiving income from another source to support their general living costs that provides a benefit greater than 75% of the GUPRS stipend;

Essential skills:
Essential skills include competency with 3D motion capture and processing, electromyographic signal processing and musculoskeletal modelling. Desirable skills include a foundation in MATLAB (Python and C++ if possible) and experience with processing medical imaging (i.e. MRI).
Applicants are asked to refer to the following policies when considering their honours equivalency and eligibility criteria. Higher Degree Research Scholarship Policy
GUPRS conditions of Award 2018

How to Apply
Interested applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to Dr Chris Carty (c.carty@griffith.edu.au) containing:
- A brief (1-page maximum) covering letter, describing your background, interests, and why you would be a good candidate for the listed research project.,
- a CV clearly outline any peer-reviewed publications;
- academic transcripts;
- evidence of English Language proficiency;
- two relevant references.

Approved applicants will then be invited to submit a formal online application for a higher degree by research program, which also includes a section for scholarship. Please indicate you wish to be considered for the 'GCORE PhD Scholarship'.

Closing dates
Expressions of Interest are to be emailed to Dr Chris Carty (c.carty@griffith.edu.au) by close of business Friday, 14 September 2018.