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  • PhD Scholarship in image-based anatomical modelling of the human shoulder - NeuRA / UNSW, Sydney, Australia

    A PhD scholarship is available at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Sydney, Australia in image-based anatomical modelling of the human shoulder. The project is part of an Industrial Transformation Training Centre (ITTC) funded by the Australian Research Council and led by researchers at Queensland University of Technology. The centre aims to advance personalised surgical treatment of joints by integrating computer tools for pre-surgical planning and decision making, computer simulation systems and robot simulators for surgical training.

    The successful PhD candidate will develop magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) protocols and analysis pipelines for automated reconstruction of shoulder anatomy, including extraction of key parameters such as muscle volumes, muscle fascicle lengths and bony anatomy. Using statistical shape modelling techniques, population-representative three-dimensional shoulder models will be generated that can be used in computational models of the shoulder.


    The project requires a background in biomedical or mechanical engineering, computer science/computer vision, applied mathematics or a related discipline. Experience in magnetic resonance imaging, particularly musculoskeletal imaging, and/or in anatomical modelling are highly desirable.

    The PhD student will be supervised by Dr Bart Bolsterlee and Professor Rob Herbert, with further input from Professor Lynne Bilston. The PhD student will be enrolled through the University of New South Wales and will work in Professor Herbert’s laboratory at NeuRA as part of an interdisciplinary team with skills spanning medical imaging, neurophysiology, physiology, motor control, biomechanics, and computational modelling. The student will collaborate with other students and researchers at NeuRA and Queensland University of Technology.

    The stipend offered for this 3-year scholarship (with possible extension for 6 months if required) will be at the Australian Research Training Program rate (currently $28,092 p.a.) plus a $5,000 top up scholarship, for a total of $33,092 p.a. Both Australian and international applicants are welcome to apply. However this scholarship does not cover university tuition fees for international students, and international students may need to apply for a tuition fee scholarship at UNSW, if successful in winning the scholarship.

    Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with first or second class division 1 Honours in biomedical or mechanical engineering, physics, or a related discipline; eligibility for admission to the PhD program at the University of New South Wales (see https://research.unsw.edu.au/submit-application), knowledge of biomedical imaging; excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English, including meeting the UNSW English language requirements (no exceptions can be made to the latter); no medical conditions or implants that would preclude working in an MRI environment.

    Desirable criteria: Experience in magnetic resonance imaging, preferably musculoskeletal imaging; image analysis; and anatomy and physiology knowledge.

    Enquiries: Dr Bart Bolsterlee (b.bolsterlee@neura.edu.au).

    Application procedure: Please send an application letter addressing the selection criteria and a curriculum vitae to Dr Bart Bolsterlee. Applications will be accepted until the scholarship is awarded, but applications will be assessed starting September 21st, 2020.

    Please indicate in your application if you also wish to be considered for a related PhD project at NeuRA.
    Last edited by Bart Bolsterlee; September 3rd, 2020, 08:14 PM.
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