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PhD Scholarship in shoulder muscle modelling - NeuRA / UNSW, Sydney, Australia

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  • PhD Scholarship in shoulder muscle modelling - NeuRA / UNSW, Sydney, Australia

    A PhD scholarship is available at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Sydney, Australia in computational modelling of shoulder muscles. 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 a detailed three-dimensional finite element joint model of the shoulder that includes cartilage, key muscles and ligaments, and contact between the humerus and glenoid. The model will be used to assess the effects of soft-tissue tensioning and muscle activation on joint loading and stability.

    The project requires a background in biomedical or mechanical engineering, physics, applied mathematics or a related discipline. Experience in computational modelling, particularly finite element modelling, and/or in imaging are highly desirable.

    The PhD student will be supervised by Professor Lynne Bilston and Dr Bart Bolsterlee, with input from Professor Peter Pivonka (Queensland University of Technology). The PhD student will be enrolled through the University of New South Wales and will work in Professor Bilston’s laboratory at NeuRA as part of an interdisciplinary team with skills spanning 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, knowledge of magnetic resonance imaging and/or anatomical modelling; 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 computational modelling, preferably in finite element analysis; biomechanics, biomedical science, and physiology knowledge.

    Enquiries: Professor Lynne Bilston (

    Application procedure: Please send your application letter addressing the selection criteria and a curriculum vitae to Professor Bilston. 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, 08:15 PM.