Knee Biomechanics Research Projects - PhD applicants invited to apply

Knee Biomechanics, PhD project

DATE POSTED: 23 July 2020

The Trauma and Orthopaedic Research Unit (TORU) at the ANU Medical School undertakes clinical and laboratory research in the field of musculoskeletal disease. This includes clinical aspects of arthroplasty, trauma and fractures, medical imaging and joint mechanics. Professor Paul Smith directs TORU which has strong collaborative links with other orthopaedic surgeons, physiotherapists, biomechanists and engineers.

We are looking for qualified and motivated candidates to undertake two key PhD projects within our unit. Project one will investigate the biomechanical outcomes of different alignment strategies used in total knee replacement. Project two will investigate patella shape and kinematics using our state-of the art image registration technology.

The preferred candidates will be highly motivated, with a H1 honours or Master’s degree or a proven publication record in a related discipline. Excellent collaborative and communication skills, and an appetite to work with clinical populations are requirements for both projects. A theoretical understanding of biomechanics and proficiency in MATLAB and Python or R will be an advantage.

Scholarship: Applicants will be encouraged to apply for Australian Government Research Training Program (AGRTP) Scholarships through the ANU if successful. No other scholarships are currently attached to these projects.

If you are interested, please first send via email to Dr Diana Perriman ( with the items listed below on or before 4 September, 2020 (AEST).

  1. CV summarising academic experience, qualifications and papers.
  2. A covering letter documenting relevant research experience and interest in the project.