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

Enrolment status
Future UQ student
Student type
Domestic, International
Study level
Postgraduate research (HDR)
Study area
Scholarship focus
Academic excellence
Funding type
Living stipend, Tuition fees
Scholarship value
$28,854 per annum (2022 rate), indexed annually
Scholarship duration
3.5 years with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
Number awarded
May vary
Applications open
30 November 2021
Applications close
31 January 2022

About this scholarship

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.


You're eligible if you meet the entry requirements for a higher degree by research.

How to apply

Before submitting an application you should:

You apply for this scholarship when you submit an application for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). You don't need to submit a separate scholarship application.

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 ‘CODE’ in the 'Name of scholarship' field.

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.

A working knowledge of additive manufacturing, mechanical testing, finite element analysis and mathematical characterization would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

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.


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.