PhD in Biomedical Engineering - Hydrogels for efficient 3D printing of hierarchical biomimetic... (# of pos: 2)

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 19 Feb 2022

PhD positions are currently available supervised by Professor Andrea O'Connor and Dr Brooke Farrugia  within the Department of Biomedical Engineering  at The University of Melbourne 

The Project : 

3D constructs that mimic the properties of biological tissues are desired for many applications, including as surgical models, cell growth supports, and for engineering replacement tissues. 3D printing is a rapidly evolving field with great versatility. However, most commercial 3D printing technologies have been developed using hard polymers, like acrylonitrile butadiene styrene and polylactic acid, that do not mimic the majority biological tissues well. Tissues and organs have complex 3D architectures with different components having different physicochemical properties including non-linear and spatially varying mechanics. There is a growing need for the development of tuneable soft hydrated materials, like hydrogels, compatible with 3D printing technologies, to enable us to create and tailor more lifelike 3D constructs at increased throughput and reduced cost.

This project will focus on developing materials and methods to create 3D hydrogel constructs with spatially controlled mechanical properties to better mimic human tissues. To enable future translation of these materials, the project will explore the synthesis and chemical modification of low-cost inks and suitable 3D printing methods to enable efficient production of biomimetic hydrogel structures.

This project involves collaboration engineers, scientists and clinicals at the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Melbourne, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Otago, New Zealand and the Aikenhead Centre for Medical Discovery, ACMD.


Applicants must satisfy the requirements to enrol in a graduate research program at the University of Melbourne - for more information on the entry requirements and how to enrol -

Applicants should also satisfy the requirements and apply for a Graduate Research Scholarship - for more information on eligibility and how to apply -

To be considered as being competitive for a scholarship international students need to have the equivalent of at least 85%. The University of Melbourne calculates their scholarship scores on a case by case basis and primarily using academic transcripts, publications are also taken into consideration, and may marginally increase the score.

All applications for a Graduate Research Scholarship require evidence of support from the research supervisor. Highly motivated candidates who are interested in completing a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and meet the criteria for enrolment are invited to contact Dr Farrugia.

Please email your CV, academic transcript and a brief outline of your previous research experience and your future research goals to  

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