The Sydney Biomechanics Laboratory at the University of Sydney has an exciting opening for a talented candidate with an interest in clinical biomechanics.

As background to the position, knee osteoarthritis is a debilitating condition with effort to prevent onset of paramount importance. This PhD project will involving acquiring baseline biomechanics data on women at risk to develop knee osteoarthritis will be randomised to either an attention control group or diet and exercise group. Measures of interest will include joint contact forces and muscle forces using electrography-driven neuromusculoskeletal modelling. The overarching theme aim is explore mechanisms of knee osteoarthritis prevention strategies with a focus on exercise. Advanced methods will be used to integrate several types of data including - motion data, force data, imaging data and surface electromyography. The student will implement cutting-edge techniques in neuromusculoskeletal model alongside collaborators at Griffith University, (Associate Professor Laura Diamond) while belonging to a vibrant and diverse research team at University of Sydney that includes clinicians (Professor David Hunter), engineers, and health scientists from all backgrounds and cultures.​ This is a unique opportunity to become involved in cutting-edge and impactful research which promises to change the clinical practice paradigm to the benefit of millions of patients worldwide.

The successful candidate must have excellent command of the English language to recruit and interact with patients; organizational skills to schedule follow-up visits for each patient, maintain a database of patient demographics, administer patient-reported outcome questionnaires, and appetite to develop high-level computational skills. It is also important to possess strong written and verbal communication skills for manuscript submissions and conference presentations.

To apply, please submit: (1) a letter of interest, including qualifications for this positions, (2) a one-page statement of research interests, and (3) a current curriculum vitae including the names of three professional references by email to michelle.hall@sydney.edu.au.

The position can start as early as Sept 1, 2024 but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please refer to the university guidelines for national ( https://www.sydney.edu.au/study/appl...-to-apply.html) and international student (https://www.sydney.edu.au/study/appl...-students.html) entry requirements. Please send any questions by email.

Michelle Hall, PhD
Associate Professor | NHMRC Emerging Leader
University of Sydney
E: michelle.hall@sydney.edu.au