Current project

Applications for the 2021 intake open 14 September 2020.

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VIP Snapshot

Surgical techniques are often learnt on costly, unrealistic models. In this project you’ll combine engineering technologies, medical expertise and smart design to create a new generation of training tools for surgeons.


VIP ChallENG research goals

You’ll work with our clinical team, including vascular and veterinary surgeons from Sydney and Melbourne Hospitals, to develop customised solutions for surgical trainees to learn complex new techniques more effectively. 

Research, design or technical ChallENG

We’ll design and build customised surgical trainers, using techniques such as ballistic gel, 3D printing and augmented reality. The aim is to create highly affordable solutions so these effective training techniques are available to all.

Each application will be specified by one of our surgical collaborators and requires a unique solution, which will then be tested and trialled. Finally, your customised solution must be packaged as a user-friendly, functional product.

Desired Background

All degrees are welcome however, students specialising in the below areas are encouraged to apply.

Research Areas Desired Degrees
  • Design
  • 3D printing
  • Materials analysis
  • Medical imaging
  • Surgical techniques
  • Medical education
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Design
  • Medical Sciences
  • Medicine (surgery)
  • Medical Education
  • Materials Science
  • Image Segmentation
  • Medical Imaging Techniques


Team Academic Lead