The Brown Group combines advanced experimental and computational techniques to provide new insights into the structure-function relationships in biomedical materials. While focusing on musculoskeletal tissues and related biomaterials, the group maintains an active interest in other high-performance biological materials including spider silk and ivory.The Brown Group is also involved in a number of translational activities, including the development of new optics-based diagnostic devices, scalable nanostructured surfaces and 3D constructs for regenerative medicine, new devices and approaches for surgery, and automated analysis/interpretation techniques for medical imaging.
The Queensland University of Technology in Australia invites applications for Brown Group Biomedical Engineering and Materials Scholarships in the 2023/24 Academic session.
Projects with key PhD positions available include:
- spider-silk: structure mechanics and synthesis
- understanding and exploiting the phenomenal properties of collagen
- surgery with rockets.
Other projects may include, but are not limited to:
- magnetically guided micro-rocket sutures
- deep learning in feasible medical image datasets, and translation to clinical practice
- controlling and harnessing collagen piezoelectricity for energy harvesting and biomedical materials
- development of an optical technique for the measurement of bioelectric fields
- evolutionary convergence for translational biomimicry
- hierarchical mechanics of biological materials
- development of a robotic endoscopy device based on electrorheological fluids
- development and exploitation of native spider cells and processing techniques for silk production and characterisation
- experimentally driven fibre network modelling to explore disease mechanisms
- development and implementation of highly multiplexed, antibody-labelled electron microscope imaging technique
- development of a novel 3D metal micro-printer
- guided self-assembly of matrices in hydrogels
- development of innovative approaches to diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions
- advancing the physical understanding of pain and disease.
Worth of Award
- $27,082 per year, tax free for up to 3 years.
- You will be able to develop in-depth knowledge, understanding and expertise in your chosen field of research.
- Technical development will be coupled with extensive professional development towards an academic or research and development career.
- You will benefit from access to flexible and bespoke experimental facilities, high level scientific expertise, access to a range of local and international collaborators, and world-class facilities including QUT’s Medical Engineering Research Facility (MERF).
- You must apply for and be admitted to their Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). Your research proposal must be innovative and high impact.
- They’ll accept applications from candidates from any academic background, provided you meet the eligibility requirements for the PhD.
How to Apply
- Contact Professor Cameron Brown to express your interest.
- You may then apply through a formal assessment process, based on interviews, written work and references.
Deadline: The scholarship for Biomedical Engineering Scholarships will remain open until filled.