PhD Scholarship - HAMI Study: Hamstring and Adductor Myotendinous Injury Risk Factors in Basketball. A Musculoskeletal Modeling Study.
The Exercise and Sport Science Research Group at the University of Newcastle, Australia, ( in collaboration with La Trobe, Griffith , and Charles Sturt Universities are pleased to advertise a fully-funded PhD scholarship for an outstanding student to study the biomechanical factors associated with myotendinous injuries in basketball players. This University of Newcastle Research PhD scholarship is part of a research project supported by the National Basketball Association and GE Healthcare (, and data collection will be conducted through the University of Newcastle.

Hamstring and adductor injuries are two leading myotendinous injuries sustained by basketball athletes. Commonly occurring while rapidly accelerating and decelerating during running, these injuries often reoccur despite players having access to sports science and medicine support services. Therefore, unique approaches are warranted that progress our understanding of local (tissue-level) and central (spinal/brain level) risk factors for injury and recurrence, and the effect of fatigue on these risk factors in the unique high-loading basketball environment. This research will utilize a cross-disciplinary approach to explore the biomechanics of running and change-of-direction movements via advanced musculoskeletal modelling.

The PhD candidates will work within a cross-disciplinary team comprised of engineers, biomechanists, and clinicians. The successful candidate will be based for Year 1 at Griffith University (Gold Coast, Queensland), and Years 2 and 3 at The University of Newcastle (Newcastle/Ourimbah, New South Wales) fulltime as part of the cross-disciplinary team. The UON PhD Scholarship will be supervised by Dr Suzi Edwards (UON), Dr David Saxby (Griffith), Dr Laura Diamond (Griffith), A/Prof Phil Clausen (UON), and A/Prof Suzanne Snodgrass (UON).

The opportunity is open to both Australian/New Zealand nationals and international candidates, although only exceptional international candidates will be considered. Scholarship Value: $26,682 p.a. (2017 rate), 3.5 years. Minimum eligibility criteria: GPA of at least 5.25 out of 7, English Proficiency, Honours Class One or equivalent.

Prospective applications should have a background in biomechanics or engineering, with experience in common programming languages (i.e., Matlab, Python, C++). Applicants should also have a desire to expand their current capabilities as the project demands. Prior experience with medical image processing is desirable, but not required.

How to Apply:
Visit the higher degree by research scholarships website for further information about eligibility criteria ( If you are interest, please first send an email to Dr Suzi Edwards ( with the items listed below.

  1. A brief (1-page maximum) covering letter, describing your background, interests, why you would be a good candidate for this musculoskeletal research project, evidence of experience or interest in biomechanics research together with the names and contact information of two referees.
  2. Your CV.
  3. Academic transcripts (do not need to be notarized versions).
  4. Evidence of English language competency.

Applicants will be thoroughly evaluated for merit and suitability. Successful applicants will be notified promptly, after which they will be required to apply directly to The University of Newcastle.

Please note that the University reserves the right to appoint by invitation and to leave positions vacant.

Scholarship applications close 31st August 2017.