PhD Scholarship, Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery, An Ergonomic Investigation

Boroondara, Australia
29 May 2018
End of advertisement period
15 Jun 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time
  • Mechanical and Product Design Engineering
  • Ergonomic Analysis of Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery
  • Up to 3 year scholarship, Hawthorn location

About the scholarship

Project Title: Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery – An Ergonomic Investigation

A PhD scholarship is available for research into ergonomic analysis of robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery. The candidate will have the opportunity to work with laparoscopic surgeons and both real and training surgery robots. The scholarship is provided through a joint research partnership between the Valley Private Hospital and Swinburne University Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology. The candidate will undertake a comparative study between the surgeon’s ergonomics during Traditional Laparoscopic Surgery (TLS) and Robot Assisted Laparoscopic Surgery (RALS). 

The PhD candidate would help develop a hybrid motion tracking system for use in recording and analysing the movements of the surgeon. The motion capture will be performed in a simulated environment. The PhD candidate would integrate the captured motion data into a virtual reality model and perform biomedical analysis using appropriate biomechanics software. 

A PhD stipend of $27,082 (AUD) per annum (tax free) will be provided to the right candidate for up to 3 years. The starting date is as soon as possible but some flexibility is possible for the right candidate.

Skills and experience

To be successful in this role you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • A Bachelor degree Honours and/or a research master’s degree in a discipline relevant to the research topic (or equivalent)
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated person who meets the academic requirements for enrolment for the PhD degree at Swinburne University of Technology
  • Academically sound candidate with essential team-working, observational and communication skills
  • A background in mechanical / electrical engineering including sensor design and implementation

A full list of the selection criteria is available within the position description

Further information, contacts and support

To start an application click on 'begin' at the bottom of this page and submit a resume, cover letter and response to the Key Selection Criteria, as listed in the Position Description below.

Please do not email or send paper applications, all applications must be submitted online.

For further information about the position, please contact Mats Isakson (Senior Research Fellow) on +613 9214 4743. 

If you are experiencing technical difficulties with your application, please contact the Recruitment team on +61 3 9214 8600 (option 2).

Should you require further support for an interview due to special needs or consideration, please contact our Diversity Consultant, Dr. Walter Robles, on, or our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Employment Officer, Sherrin Trautmann on 

Applications close at 5 pm on Friday 15th June 2018