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PhD Scholarships


The Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) is a new institute at Monash University, which aims to create new medical engineering technologies that can be developed by our commercial collaborators for improving delivery of healthcare. We achieve our aims by accelerating the discovery, creation and translation of methodologies, processes and technologies in order to improve human health.

One of the MIME guiding principles is to use unmet clinical need in the discovery phase of this technology translation process. Our project pipeline is derived from clinical need statements from the clinicians in our partner hospitals. We then challenge the Monash and partner research community to find engineering and IT solutions to these unmet needs. This is the process from which our PhD projects are derived. We are actively seeking applications from prospective students to work in multidisciplinary teams co-led by clinicians and to carry out world leading medical engineering research towards a PhD degree. These PhD projects will be carried out under the supervision of academics in the Monash University Faculties of Medicine, Nursing and Health Science, Engineering, IT and Science in conjunction with three of our partner hospitals (Alfred Health, Monash Health and Eastern Health), CSIRO and our partner medical research institutions (the Baker IDI and the Hudson Institute of Medical Research).

The projects on offer are accompanied by living stipends equivalent to an Australian Postgraduate Award. In some cases, these scholarships will also cover tuition fees for International students. The projects proposed by our clinical partners are diverse in nature but can be grouped in to the following categories (please follow links for information on individual projects:

Cardiovascular and lung disease

  1. Development of a 3D bio-printed muscle patch for heart repair after heart attack
  1. Develop a minimally invasive surgical needle holder for complex cardiac procedures
  1. Development of a flexible, wearable, non-invasive monitor of cardiac rhythm and other parameters for longer term, 24/7 monitoring of at risk patients
Musculoskeletal disease
  1. Development of a new synthetic material for ligament replacement surgery

Regenerative medicine

  1. Development of an engineered skin substitute for the treatment of burn injuries

Neural, vision and mental health

  1. Development of a computational fluid dynamics model to predict rupture of brain aneurysms
  1. Development of an emergency electronic data analysis system to aid response to mental health and addiction emergencies

Trauma, emergency and intensive care

  1. Development of a mobile, intelligent decision support system for trauma resuscitation


  1. Novel nanoparticles for cancer therapy
  1. Single cell identification, separation, isolation and assay of bone marrow and leukaemia stem cells

Kidney disease

  1. Development of a diagnostic device for simultaneous detection of two important biomarkers in chronic kidney disease


  1. Decision support tool development for care of pre-term infants in intensive care – avoidance of alert fatigue

Surgical training and instrumentation (paediatrics)

  1. Hand-motion optimization and high fidelity models for simulation based surgical training

Surgical training and instrumentation

  1. Develop pressure-sensing endotracheal tube to minimise laryngeal nerve damage during thyroid surgery

Personalised 3D printed materials for reconstructive surgery

  1. Development of 3D printed, tuned materials for maxillofacial reconstructive surgery