Location University of Melbourne, Biomedical Engineering
App. deadline Applications accepted year round/until filled
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Eligibility Open to international applicants

PhD in advanced 3D bioprinting

PhD positions are available to work with Dr. David Collins in the Biomedical Engineering Department at the University of Melbourne. We are looking for highly motivated and engaged PhD candidates to start in early 2019. Australian and International candidates will be considered.

Project: Bioprinting has the promise to replace human tissues that are damaged by injury or disease. Bioprinting involves extruding a cell-laden hydrogel in a specific configuration, with cells subsequently proliferating in this hydrogel matrix. Despite the promise of this technology, there is currently no way to replicate many tissue functions because there is no reliable way to replicate the single-cell configurations found in real-life organs. This project aims to use microscale forces (acoustic, electrical, hydrodynamic, etc.) to manipulate at the single-cell level to create functional human tissues with a view toward creating therapies and research tools. 

This interdisciplinary project lies at the intersection of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Microfluidics and Cell Biology. Prospective students with experience or special interest in

  • cell culture;
  • 3D printing;
  • microfabrication;
  • biomedical technology;
  • computer simulation; and
  • microscale physics  

are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants will be expected to conduct research at a high level and publish in internationally recognized journals. Students will be given wide latitude to determine specific methods and research directions that serve the project goal.

Application: Please send your CV and brief overview of relevant experience to david.collins@unimelb.edu.au. Prospective students must meet University of Melbourne eligibility criteria to be awarded a PhD scholarship.

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Living allowance is up to $30,000 per year for up to 3.5 years for students undertaking a doctoral degree.

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