Developing Motion and Temperature Control for Microfluidic Blood Measurement

Location: Bayswater, VIC

Duration: 4-5 months negotiable

Start date: ASAP

Keywords: Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, Motors, Mechanical Engineering, Coagulating Blood, Microfluidics, Biomedical Engineering

Please note: Full-time hours preferred, but some flexibility is negotiable

Project Background

Haemograph is a biomedical start-up company based in Victoria. We are developing a novel device to measure properties of coagulating blood.

Within the device it is important to be able to accurately control both the fluid flow and the temperature of blood while it is being tested. The aims of this project are to develop a motion control system able to accurately impose complicated flow rates on the fluid, and to develop a temperature control system able to maintain a uniform temperature across the test fluid.

This project is appropriate for a mechatronic engineer, or possibly a mechanical, electrical/electronic or biomedical engineer.

Neither experience in rheology nor understanding of blood properties is expected.

Research to be Conducted

The research to be conducted includes: designing & developing, building and testing the motion control system; understanding how the motion control system integrates with the rest of the device; exploring the operating limits of the motion control system; developing and building the temperature control system; and exploring the spatial and temporal temperature distribution during operation.

Skills Required

For this project, we are looking for PhD students with the following skills:


  • Excellent understanding of DC motors
  • The ability to design and construct working prototypes (ie practical and not just theoretical ability)
  • Excellent record-keeping skills
  • Ability to operate safely in a lab environment
  • Ability to work without the need for close supervision


  • The ability to program an arduino or equivalent
  • Note that we don’t expect the intern to have an understanding of either blood or fluid flow.

Expected Outcomes

Subject to negotiation and the intern’s progress the expected and desired outcomes include:

1) A preliminary study identifying the optimal motors for the application

2) An assembled system of motors to impose the desired flow profile

3) Experimental validation that the motors are behaving as desired across a wide range of test systems and/or exploration of the operational limits

4) Design of the temperature control system

5) Assembly of the temperature control system

6) Experimental investigation of the performance and limitations of the temperature control system.

Note: we do not expect the intern to complete all of the identified projects.

Additional Details

The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.

It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours, spending at least 20% of their time on-site with the industry partner. The intern will be expected to maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.

The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.

To participate in the APR.Intern program, all applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

  • Be a PhD student currently enrolled at an Australian University.
  • PhD candidature must be confirmed
  • Applicants must have the written approval of their Principal Supervisor to undertake the internship. This approval must be submitted at the time of application
  • Internships are also subject to any requirements stipulated by the student’s and the academic mentor’s university
Applications Close

4 April 2018


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