PhD Scholarship - Assistive Technology for Aged Care and Disabilities

Updated: 7 days ago
Location: Melbourne, VICTORIA
Deadline: 16 Jan 2022

  • School of Engineering
  • Full time, fixed term position (3.5 years) at our Hawthorn campus
  • Scholarship amount (SUPRA Rate $28,597 pa)

About the Scholarship
The new exciting PhD position has become available where we are looking for a candidate to take part in research collaboration with the industry partner to conduct cutting edge research on “Rapidly-Deployable Soft Robotic Assistive Devices for Aged Care and Disabilities”. The aim of the project is to innovate commercially viable assistive device that can be rapidly deployed to users of varying sensual and physical impairments.

The proposed research has a good mix of fundamental studies in terms of materials and manufacturing processes as well as algorithmic and application development. It is expected that the project will generate new knowledge, leading to publishable results.

The research will contribute to enhancing Australia’s manufacturers’ competitiveness in innovating assistive technologies, design and manufacture of assistive devices for individualized clinic or home-based care for aged and impaired population. Specifically, the research project will spearhead the sponsor’s effort to grow its new business in assistive healthcare devices.

About Swinburne University of Technology
Swinburne is a young university with a long history. As a dual-sector university of technology, born of a technical college, we are proud of Swinburne’s technology DNA, and of our national and global standing. Our contribution to Technology, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and the STEM disciplines, and our track record of meaningful industry and community engagement, are natural manifestations of the legacy initiated by the vision of our founders George and Ethel Swinburne in 1902. We offer postgraduate, undergraduate, vocational education and online education to provide students with a variety of work-relevant pathways.

About you
To be successful in the role, you will have:
• Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or Master of Engineering
• Robotics, mechatronics, mechanical, biomedical, or relevant engineering background
• Programing in C++, Python or Matlab
• Experience in manufacturing processes.
A full list of selection criteria is available within the position description.

How to apply and further information
Please submit your application by clicking on the ‘Apply’ link, and submit a resume, cover letter and a response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the position description.

For further enquires please contact Xiaoqi Chen via email
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Swinburne is a large and culturally diverse organisation.

We are proud to be recognised by the Workplace Gender Equality Agency as an Employer of Choice for women for 10 years in a row and of key initiatives such as our Pride@Swinburne Strategic Action Plan and our Reconciliation Action Plan. Equity and diversity are integral to our 2025 vision to be a world class university creating social and economic impact through science, technology and innovation.

Applications close at 5pm on Sunday 16th January 2022

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