Establishing the true energetic costs of contracting muscles to do work in the real world

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.

Supervisor – Associate Professor Glen

The project will explore how changing muscle recruitment and work requirements influences the energetics of muscle contraction. The project will characterise muscle energetic cost in relation to real-life contraction requirements and reveal the influence of changing muscle recruitment patterns on muscle performance. It will involve using state-of-the-art instruments to assess the thermodynamics of muscle contraction and sophisticated robotic techniques to simulate how muscles interact with the musculoskeletal system and the environment. The research is integrated within a program of research aimed at better understanding what governs how and why we move the way we do.

Preferred educational background

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.

This project would suit students with a strong background in muscle physiology, biomechanics or biophysics from any of the following fields - biomedical science, physiology, bio/mechanical engineering, exercise science (kinesiology), comparative biology or anatomy. Strong programming or computational skills would be highly desirable.

*The successful candidate must commence by Research Quarter 2, 2022. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date. International applicants may need to apply much earlier for visa reasons.

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