Early treatments to prevent chronic pain after musculoskeletal injury

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

We are seeking a PhD student with a background in digital health methods and/or clinical management of musculoskeletal pain to work with our team to develop and test early targeted treatments to prevent chronic pain after musculoskeletal injury, particularly road traffic injury. We aim to target early risk factors including psychological and biological factors using digital health methods to increase reach and uptake of effective treatments. The work will involve a multidisciplinary team. Projects will involve digital health methods, use of wearable sensors and methods such as randomised controlled trials and/or Single Case Experimental Design to evaluate effectiveness.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Michele Sterling

School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences

Email: m.sterling@uq.edu.au

Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of clinical research methodology would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of clinical research e.g., physiotherapy, psychology and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of musculoskeletal pain mechanisms is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2026. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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