Scholarship opportunity for PhD study
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Author:  drehooi [ Thu Dec 04, 2014 9:47 am ]
Post subject:  Scholarship opportunity for PhD study

PhD position in computational ocular biomechanics

A fully-funded PhD position is open in the School of Engineering (Mechanical), Monash University Malaysia. The research will focus on the computational modelling of ocular biomechanics linked to the fundamental understanding of glaucoma. This position is opened to Malaysians ONLY.

Selection criteria:
1. A Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline from a recognized tertiary institution with minimum grade, equivalent to H2A (second upper).
2. An overall band score of not less than 6.5 on the IELTS test (Academic) and at least 6.0 is required for each band score.
3. Strong theoretical and computational modelling background.
4. Keen interest in cross-disciplinary research.
5. Experience in computational modelling software such as COMSOL Multiphysics is highly desirable.

Interested candidates may send their CV along with the names of two references to Dr Ooi Ean Hin ([email protected]). Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Project summary

Glaucoma is defined by the damage to the neural and connective tissues of the optic nerve head (ONH); a situation that arises due to the resistance-induced intraocular pressure (IOP) elevation and its stress/strain distribution. A unified modelling approach will be adopted to examine fundamentally the biomechanical interactions inside the human eye. A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) study will be carried out to predict the increase in IOP under various pathological conditions that elevate the AH outflow resistance. Results from the CFD studies will be used as inputs during the structural mechanics simulations to examine the stress/strain distribution. The CFD and structural mechanics studies will be executed using the same eye model and within the same computational framework. This is a unique approach that ensures that any factors affecting both the hydrodynamics and the biomechanics are simultaneously integrated into the computational framework. This integration is crucial to the development of the biomechanical link between the hydrodynamics and biomechanics of the human eye. The project involves collaboration with two ophthalmologists from Universiti Malaya.

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