Human foot morphology & function

A fully funded PhD Scholarship is available for an outstanding candidate to work on a project aligned to an Australian Research Council grant based in School of Human Movement & Nutrition Sciences at The University of Queensland

The Project
This project will combine the use of novel biomechanical & musculoskeletal imaging tools with shape modelling approaches to better understand the relationship between human foot morphology and function. We are exploring how the internal articular shape and mechanical properties of soft tissues (muscles and ligaments) influence the way humans walk and run.

The Scholarship
The University of Queensland PhD Scholarship has an annual stipend of $28,092 per annum (tax free, indexed annually) for a period of up to 3.5 years of full-time study. Successful international applicants will also be able to apply for a full tuition fee waiver.
The opportunity is open to Australian and international candidates, although only exceptional international candidates with demonstrated strong research track record (relative to opportunity) may be considered.

The Candidate
The successful candidate will be based at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, under the supervision of Dr Luke Kelly ( and Associate Prof. Glen Lichtwark ( They will also be co-supervised by Dr Mike Rainbow ( and have the opportunity undertake a substantial portion of the proposed research in the Skeletal Observation laboratory at Queens University, Ontario, Canada.
This project would suit students with a strong background in biomechanics from any of the following fields - mechanical engineering, exercise science (kinesiology), comparative biology, anatomy, applied math, physics. The successful candidate will work as part of an international (Australia & Canada) research team including post-doctoral research fellows and other post-graduate research students working in related areas. Strong programming skills would be highly desirable.

EOI Process
Interested applicants are asked to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to Dr Luke Kelly, containing

  • A brief (1-page maximum) covering letter, describing your background, interests, and why you would be a good candidate for the project,
  • a CV clearly outline any peer-reviewed publications,
  • academic transcripts,
  • evidence of English Language proficiency,
  • two relevant references.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr Luke Kelly ( with your CV