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  • Fully-funded PhD position in Biomechanics and Bone Remodeling - Queensland University of Technology (Australia)

    PhD Scholarship: Understanding bone structure evolution using machine learning
    We are offering a PhD scholarship at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Australia for the development of a multiscale computational modelling platform for “Understanding bone structure evolution using machine learning”. This scholarship is funded through an Australian Research Council (ARC) discovery project. We seek to better understand how cortical bone is affected by osteoporosis and drug treatments. Existing longitudinal experimental imaging data in a rabbit model of osteoporosis have been collected at the Canadian Synchrotron providing information on cortical porosity evolution and bone mineral density distribution (BMDD).
    World-class research environment: The project is a collaboration between Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Australia), University of Saskatchewan (USASK, Canada) and University of Paris Est (UPEC, France). The successful PhD candidate will develop state-of-the-art multiscale bone remodeling algorithms to predict morphological changes in cortical bone and the spatio-temporal advancement of bone remodeling units and BMDD. Tissue scale mechanical properties such as bone stiffness will be estimated using homogenisation techniques.
    Project areas include:
    • Development of a multiscale computational model of bone remodeling and adaptation that is able to predict changes in cortical porosity and bone tissue mineral density distribution;
    • Development of a cellular automata model of basic multicellular units including biochemical and mechanobiological factors;
    • Test a variety of mineralisation kinetics laws to determine BMDD distribution in bone;
    • Use of a tissue scale elasticity homogenisation algorithm to compute bone tissue scale mechanical properties.
    The PhD student will enroll in the QUT-UPEC joint PhD program under supervision by Professor Pivonka (QUT) and Professor Sansalone (UPEC). Professor Cooper (USASK) will be an external supervisor. The student will spend a minimum of 2 years at QUT and a minimum of 1 year at UPEC. The student will collaborate with other students from the collaborating institutions.
    The stipend offered for this 3-year scholarship (with possible extension for 6 months if required) will be at the APA rate of $28,870 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 QUT, if successful in winning the scholarship.
    Essential criteria: An undergraduate degree with first or second class division 1 Honours mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering (with biomechanics focus) or a related discipline; eligibility for admission to the PhD program at Queensland University of Technology; Excellent knowledge of continuum mechanics and finite element analysis; good programming skills (MATLAB, Python, etc.); good understanding of computed tomography (CT) imaging, image- segmentation and analysis and; excellent communication skills (written and verbal) in English, including meeting the QUT English language requirements (no exceptions can be made).
    Desirable criteria: basic understanding of bone biomechanics and computational modeling.
    Enquiries: Professor Peter Pivonka (;

    Closing date: Please send your application including motivation letter, with your curriculum vitae to Professor Pivonka and Prof Sansalone. Applications will be accepted until the scholarship is awarded, but applications will be assessed early November, 2023.
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