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Multiple PhD Opportunities in Human Foot Biomechanics and Precision Health Technologies. Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

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  • Multiple PhD Opportunities in Human Foot Biomechanics and Precision Health Technologies. Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia

    The Project
    Foot Biomechanics in the real world: Understanding and modelling human foot function to enable precision musculoskeletal health and performance across the lifespan.

    The Opportunity
    Our feet are central to our upright mobility, but the complex and highly variable structure and function of our feet remain poorly understood. This project aims to fill a major knowledge gap in human musculoskeletal function, by embracing and exploiting the structural complexity and population variance in human feet, to study the interactions between morphology, neural control, and function. The significant new knowledge generated by this project will deliver a major advance in our understanding of foot function, and our capacity to measure internal function, within and outside of the research laboratory. The knowledge and technology advancements arising from this project will inform future applications in precision health and human performance, and personalised athletic footwear design. Successful applicants will work as part of a highly successful multi-disciplinary (Health, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Vision) team that operates across multiple national and international universities.

    The successful candidate will be based at Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia, with Associate Professor Luke Kelly

    Our Centre
    The Griffith Centre of Biomedical and Rehabilitation Engineering (GCORE) is situated within the Menzies Health Institute Queensland at Griffith University. The main research areas of GCORE are neuromusculoskeletal engineering and orthopaedics, with focus on the development and use of disruptive technologies to enable personalised management of chronic and acute health conditions, as well as assess function and performance. We are looking for qualified and motivated individuals for PhD scholarship positions. The GCORE team is a large cross-disciplinary team comprised of engineers, clinicians, biomedical scientists, industrial designers, and research leaders. Our approach is to work collaboratively, but with a keen focus on research excellence.

    About You
    The selection of applicants for the award of higher degree research scholarships at Griffith University involves consideration of your academic merit and research background. A successful candidate is expected to hold a bachelor’s degree with first-class honours or a master’s degree. These degrees should incorporate a significant research component in either of biomechanics, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, human movement science, kinesiology, or related degrees.

    Essential skills include knowledge in human biomechanics, modelling software (OpenSim) and computer programming skills (MATLAB, Python or C++).
    • Expressions of interest are welcome from domestic and international applicants.
    • Applicants must have completed, or expect to complete, a bachelors degree with honours equivalent to first class honours or a Masters degree (AQF Level 9) incorporating a significant research component of a standard comparable to a bachelor honours degree or be regarded by Griffith University as having an equivalent level of attainment in accordance with Schedule One of the HDR Scholarship Procedure. For further information on the eligibility requirements for the program refer here.

    International applicants should ensure that English Language Proficiency requirements for the program are met before formally applying. Applicants to research programs will need to show they meet:
    1. A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS (Academic) with no band score less than 6.0 OR
    2. A minimum score of 575 on the paper-based TOEFL including a score of no less than 5.0 on the TWE OR
    3. A score of 79 on the internet-based (iBT) TOEFL with no sub-score less than 19

    About the Scholarship
    The 2024 Griffith University Postgraduate Research Scholarship has an annual stipend of $33,480 (indexed) for a period of up to three years of full-time study. Please see the GUPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

    A successful International applicant will also be awarded a Griffith University International Postgraduate Research Scholarship to cover tuition fees for up to three years. Please see the GUIPRS Conditions of Award for more information.

    For project related enquiries please contact:
    Associate Professor Luke Kelly