Project Specific Scholarship - 3D surgical planning software for the shoulder: Domestic

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Deadline: 01 Nov 2021

Project Specific Scholarship - 3D surgical planning software for the shoulder: Domestic
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Opening Date

10 Sep 2021 12am AEST 

Closing Date

01 Nov 2021 11pm AEDT 

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The Role

We are seeking a PhD candidate that is interested in developing 3D surgical planning software for the shoulder. This project will involve developing AI technology to characterise normal and pathological shoulders, with an aim to develop an advanced predictive software to improve patient surgical outcomes. This software will allow preoperative planning and intraoperative surgical correction of significant bone deformities with or without bone grafts.

You will work closely with the MQ Health Translational Shoulder Research group and an extended group of biomedical engineers to build the 3D anatomical shoulder model. This will then lead to the development of software that will be used for predictive shape analysis for preoperative surgical planning to allow correction of complex shoulder deformities in the operating theatre with robotic assistance.

This is a great project for a student interested in a R&D career in the medical industry

This role includes:

  • Manual and automatic segmentation of bone surfaces from medical images of normal and pathological shoulders
  • Building up of a Statistical Shape Model of the shoulder via non-rigid registration of segmented surfaces
  • Software development of a desktop application using Python and C++
  • Classification and identification of shoulder pathology using Machine Learning
  • Working in conjunction with mechatronic engineers to integrate robotic execution of preoperative surgical plans with the advanced predictive software
  • Validation of software and robotic integration in correcting shoulder bone deformities
  • Submit manuscripts for publication in journals and presentations at conferences, write grants, and support manuscript writing efforts.


The scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3-year PhD program.

About You

You will have:

  • a degree in engineering/biomedical engineering or a closely related field with a sound academic track record and research skills
  • demonstrated programming skills, preferably in both Python and C++
  • strong problem solving and analytical skills
  • good communication skills and the ability to work within a team as well as collaborate with others
  • some experience with medical imaging segmentation software such as 3D Slicer
  • a working knowledge of 3D modelling software such as Blender or Rhino 3D would be viewed favourably

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $28,597 per annum (in 2021 tax exempt for up to 3 years - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: A/Prof Richard Appleyard
Phone: 0431 934 146

How to Apply

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the Online HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Current applicants with a successful candidature offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

  • MUST submit a Scholarship Only Application form with supporting documents. Please refer to a Guideline on "How to submit a Scholarship only application" .
  • MUST indicate the allocation number under the scholarship details question
  • MUST include ID number and full name in email subject line (in one PDF attachment)

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of the scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

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