We are seeking expressions of interest for an exciting research opportunities, outlined below.

The project will investigate the role of coordination variability in people with knee osteoarthritis, and how conservative treatments might modulate coordination variability to reduce knee pain. Aspects of the project will be negotiable, and may involve analyses of large clinical data-sets, that are already acquired - a considerable advantageous in COVID-19 climate for feasibility.

You will be part of an innovative team and supervised by leaders in the field. The Centre for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine (CHESM) is a multidisciplinary research Centre with the University of Melbourne. Our main research focus is on the role of conservative strategies (e.g exercise, knee brace) in promoting overall health and wellbeing and in preventing and managing the public health problems that are currently facing society. A particular focus is the prevention and management of musculoskeletal conditions, such as osteoarthritis. The Centre is world renowned for it's contribution to musculoskeletal research and has strong collaborations nationally and internationally, making it an attractive choice to undertake PhD/MPhil.

The preferred candidates will be highly motivated, with (or nearing completion of) an undergraduate degree in Kinesiology/Sport Science/Exercise Physiology, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, or a related discipline with relevant research experience (Hons/MSc). 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.

Following an expression of interest, the candidate may be encouraged to apply for an Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Scholarship with the support. Interested candidates should send their C.V. and a brief cover letter to Dr Michelle Hall (halm@unimelb.edu.au) by August 15, 2021. The cover letter should detail the candidate’s experience and interest in the project, and their preferred program (PhD/MPhil).

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