PhD scholarship: Development of 3D printed Metal Scaffold to enhance bone in-growth

University of Queensland


September 12, 2021


PhD scholarship: Development of 3D printed Metal Scaffold to enhance bone


Apply now Job No:515297 Area:Faculty Of Engineering, Architecture & Info Tech Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($28,597.00 - $28,597.00) Work type:Full Time - Scholarship Location: St Lucia

Research Environment

UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic Ranking of World Universities.

Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology has proud traditions of innovation and leadership in education and research. With an annual research budget of $56 million, the Faculty provides a rich and diverse flow of breakthrough technologies that are helping to improve communities around the world. From novel hydrogen storage and next-generation polymers to biomedical engineering and mining safety, our research outcomes are solving problems for local and international communities, and our industry partners.

The School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering is organised around four centres: Advanced Materials Processing and Manufacturing (AMPAM), Centre for Hypersonics, Energy Futures, and Future Autonomous Systems and Technologies. With a focus on materials engineering, design and manufacturing solutions for our key industries, AMPAM addresses the challenges of working towards a sustainable society. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach to engineering problems, we collaborate with industry and researchers to capitalise on emerging trends in manufacturing, as well as innovations in material development. AMPAM brings together the multi-disciplinary expertise, which is required to take a material from concept to manufactured product.

This project is part of a collaboration between AMPAM and the Herston Biofabrication Institute (HBI) that is focused on advancing knowledge and technology in 3D scanning, 3D modelling and 3D printing of medical devices, bone, cartilage and human tissue.

The award

Supervisor - Dr Deniz Erbulut

This is a PhD position is available within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering and will be a part of the orthopaedics program within HBI.

Our research aims will be demonstrated in a progressively escalating research strategy, to investigate the characteristics of mechanical strength and bone ingrowth into this structure as a 3D printed scaffold/implant incorporating a unique biomimetic hexanoid design.

Specifically, this project will entail preliminary implant design/development, mechanical optimization using finite element analysis (FEA), mechanical testing to confirm its structural integrity, and mathematical characterization and FEA of bone in-growth. This strategy will be introduced gradually over a four-year structured program, advancing complexity only after satisfying quality metrics specific to the preceding stages.

This project also aims to explore the manufacturability and mechanical properties of a series of novel scaffold structures for use in hard tissue engineering applications using a selective laser melting process. Using the mechanical testing facilities at UQ, the mechanical properties of the fabricated structures will be assessed with uni-axial testing methods initially. The biomechanical aspects will be addressed by incorporating a truss design within actual components and custom experimental setups.

Selection criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher Degrees by Research at UQ.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of mechanical engineering, materials engineering, biomechanics and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of software-based research projects in biomechanics, additive manufacturing, solid mechanics, mathematical modelling and material science is highly desirable.


The 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is AUD$28,597 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for 3.5 years, with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy (conditions apply).


For further information, please contact Dr Deniz Erbulut at +61 7 3346 9225

How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

  • check your eligibility
  • prepare your documentation
  • contact Dr Deniz Erbulut ( to discuss your suitability for this scholarship
  • When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  • Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative'
  • Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  • Select ‘Other', then ‘Research Project Scholarship' and type in ‘SCAFFOLD-ERBULUT' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
  • See an example of what you have to do

    Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ

    Applications close: 12 September 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

    Advertised: 21 Jul 2021 Applications close: 12 Sep 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time

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