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 Lichtwarkg.lichtwark@uq.edu.au

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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