PhD scholarship: Development of 3D printed Metal Scaffold to enhance bone
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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
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.
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.
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
For further information, please contact Dr Deniz Erbulut at
email@example.com +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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
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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