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Ph.D. Positions: Locomotor Prioritization & Assistive Technology - Sydney, Australia

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  • Ph.D. Positions: Locomotor Prioritization & Assistive Technology - Sydney, Australia

    In line with the upcoming round of Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarships (see links below), we are seeking interested candidates for two key projects. Project 1 will investigate multi-objective control strategies in human locomotion, exploring how competing criteria (e.g., energy cost, stability, cognitive processes) are dynamically prioritized in response to changing environmental and physiological conditions. Project 2 involves the design and assessment of adaptable and affordable lower limb prosthetic technology.

    Housed within the University of New South Wales (UNSW) School of Medical Sciences, both projects offer collaboration opportunities with the Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA).

    The preferred candidates will be highly motivated, with an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology/Sport Science/Exercise Physiology, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline. Excellent teamwork and communication skills, and a willingness to work with human subjects are requirements of both projects. Applicants should have a strong theoretical understanding of biomechanics. Experience with motion capture is highly desired, as is MATLAB proficiency. For Project 2, it is also expected that candidates will possess a mechanical design background and experience with advanced manufacturing.

    The start date is negotiable, however early 2021 is preferred.

    Interested candidates should send their C.V. and a brief cover letter detailing their experience and interest in the project to Dr. Kirsty McDonald ( on or before August 5, 2020 (AEST).

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