PhD scholarship: Development of 3D printed Metal Scaffold to enhance bone in-growth


Enrolment status New students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Engineering and Computing
HDR funding type Living stipend scholarship, Tuition Scholarship
Scholarship value $28,597 per annum (2021 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration 3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Opening date 16 July 2021
Closing date 12 September 2021


Supervisor - Dr Deniz Erbulut

This is a PhD position is available within the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering and will be a part of the orthopaedics program within HBI.

Our research aims will be demonstrated in a progressively escalating research strategy, to investigate the characteristics of mechanical strength and bone ingrowth into this structure as a 3D printed scaffold/implant incorporating a unique biomimetic hexanoid design.

Specifically, this project will entail preliminary implant design/development, mechanical optimization using finite element analysis (FEA), mechanical testing to confirm its structural integrity, and mathematical characterization and FEA of bone in-growth. This strategy will be introduced gradually over a four-year structured program, advancing complexity only after satisfying quality metrics specific to the preceding stages.

This project also aims to explore the manufacturability and mechanical properties of a series of novel scaffold structures for use in hard tissue engineering applications using a selective laser melting process. Using the mechanical testing facilities at UQ, the mechanical properties of the fabricated structures will be assessed with uni-axial testing methods initially. The biomechanical aspects will be addressed by incorporating a truss design within actual components and custom experimental setups.


To be eligible, you must meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and International students who are currently in Australia at the time of application and commencement.

Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request scholarship consideration on the application for admission.

Before submitting an application you should:

When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative study section you:

  1. Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative’
  2. Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
  3. Select ‘Other’, then ‘Research Project Scholarship’ and type in ‘SCAFFOLD-ERBULUT’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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Selection criteria

Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the applicant’s previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards, and employment history.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of mechanical engineering, materials engineering, biomechanics and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of software-based research projects in biomechanics, additive manufacturing, solid mechanics, mathematical modelling and material science is highly desirable.

Applications are closed.


Dr Deniz Erbulut
+61 7 3346 9225
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

Read the policy on UQ Research Scholarships.

A domestic part-time student with carer’s responsibilities, a medical condition or a disability, which prevents them from studying full time may be eligible for scholarship consideration, on a case by case basis.

Applications are closed.