HDR Scholarship - Next-generation wearable technologies in human health and performance

A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Next-generation wearable technologies in human health and performance'.

Project Supervisor

Additional Supervision


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research topic

Use of wearable sensor technologies is growing rapidly in human health and performance because they can provide real-time physiological and functional measurements without cumbersome laboratory equipment. Innovations include smart textiles for non-invasive measurement of biomarkers (e.g. metabolites and hormones), which typically require invasive blood sampling, and machine learning-enhanced data processing to extract new insights from raw data signals (e.g. metabolic thresholds).

These next-generation technologies could be transformative in clinical, occupational, recreational, and sport settings, but acceptable measurement validity must be demonstrated before they can be used for these purposes.

Project aim

This PhD project could address the following aims:

  • Validate a Deakin-developed next-generation wearable biosensor to measure biomarkers in sweat.
  • Develop and validate computational methods for identifying exercise metabolic thresholds using commercially available wearable sensors.
  • Explore applications of these technologies for acute and ongoing monitoring of health and human performance.

The project could be undertaken in a range of settings (e.g. clinical, occupational, recreational exercise, sport).

Important dates

Shortlisted applicants are currently under consideration and we are not accepting new applications at this time.


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $34,400 per annum tax exempt (2024 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate
  • International students only:  Tuition fees offset for the duration of 4 years. Single Overseas Student Health Cover policy for the duration of the student visa.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic or international candidate. Domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship.
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

Additional desirable criteria include:

  • the previous degree must be in a relevant field such as sport or exercise science, human movement, kinesiology, physical education, or bioengineering
  • competence with basic exercise capacity and functional performance testing methods is essential

How to apply

Shortlisted applicants are currently under consideration and we are not accepting new applications at this time.

Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact:

Dr Jonathan Rawstorn
Email Dr Jonathan Rawstorn
+61 3 924 68461